My Favorite Clothing...  

LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
3114 posts
8/5/2005 6:14 pm

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My Favorite Clothing...


I got asked an interesting question today…

Why is a Katana my favorite article of clothing?

Well I can not really consider a katana as an article of clothing; it is a decoration like jewelry.

I think swords are the second most beautiful things ever created in this world. Well I guess I can not say second because I consider a sword and a woman to be of a true heavenly beauty. Samurai swords and a lot of Muslim swords were crafted specifically for the individual warrior where as in Europe this was really only practiced amongst famous knights or kings. Knights held themselves at a higher level then most of the other people in society, thankfully knights only existed in roughly 5% of the population though. Warriors treated themselves much likes a true brotherhood and while they had their leaders they did in fact often consider themselves to be one. They did however still divide into guilds and declared war on warriors of other guilds/clans.

I am of a skinny and toned build and thus need to lean more towards a sword that can offer the use of my speed, accuracy and intelligence advantages. The traditional longsword of the European knights was a straight edged blade that was designed to thrust through steel armor. The Japanese Samurai sword was designed to cut through leather armor and flesh. These swords were slightly curved or heavily curved to help increase cutting ability that did not just apply to the target but the air as well. The Muslims wore mainly cloth robes and therefore they also created a curved blade that could cut cloth and flesh easily.

These swords are obviously ideal for me and even more ideal in modern society in general considering that people do not walk around in steel armor anymore. Most police agencies and military agencies still consider swords to be the deadliest weapons in the world regardless of whether or not the user is well skilled or not.

I most certainly do not think that a sword is a toy and it takes tremendous skill to use one properly. Most people today just use a gun and that takes little to no skill unless you are a long range away like a sniper. People like things as easy as possible today and it shows eventually through a lack of general intelligence. I try and stay on top of everything as I can and therefore lean towards a defensive weapon that does just that. It keeps my family and me that is all it needs to do.

(I could offer a detailed history and such but that is pointless to go into here)


LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
1241 posts
8/6/2005 4:35 pm

I am glad to hear that fivespeed.

I really like the Chinese war swords as well. They provide some very good balances that a regular blade does not.


five_speed 41M

8/6/2005 2:02 pm

I have seen larger knives and short swords making a come back in some CQC units. When I used to do such things, I carried two tantos and a punch dagger, and I would have taken a wakizashi, but our SOP did not allow a blade that long. (It didn't allow for the punch dagger, either, but I was pretty good at keeping it out of sight. A wakizashi is a bit harder to hide!)

Recently I have been very interested in the Chinese war sword. I've found a traditional kung fu school that instructs in its use...


LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
1241 posts
8/6/2005 3:16 am

I totally agree with virtually everything you just said especially the CQC part. CQC is actually helping swords to come into better use because people have to fight in such highly populated areas now. I gurantee that within 50 years all military soldiers will be carrying sowrds again as well as stealth bows.


demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
8/6/2005 12:58 am

ohhh! any idea where to buy a good "Muslim" sword (is that really what they're called?)?? i should go bug my bro too... he might know, but last i checked the store he shops at doesn't carry them. All i own is a Pakistani long knife (bday gift from a b/f.... *sigh*) and a decorative dagger which is somewhat middle-eastern style.


five_speed 41M

8/5/2005 8:23 pm

Knight,

I agree with you completely when you say a sword is one of the most dangerous weapons in the world and requires great skill to use properly. They are indeed objects of heavenly beauty. I also prefer the Japanese blades, though I have a heavy build and prefer the No Dachi to the katana, simply because I have more strength than speed. I would not consider myself highly skilled in their use, but I am learning.

However, I have to disagree with your statement that it takes little or no skill to use a fire arm effectively. Granted, any fool can walk up to you, put a gun to your head when you aren't expecting it, and kill you, but the same holds true for a sword or a knife. I agree there is no skill or honor in that, but it is a different matter entirely when you are being attacked and are trying to use a gun to defend yourself, especially if the other person also has a fire arm. I these cases, it takes a cool head, a good eye, and a steady hand to survive. It requires a total situational awareness simply because is so easy to cause harm with a fire arm. You have to know exactly where your friends and foes are located, what is behind your target. You have to be able to identify and reach cover. It also requires a solid understanding of a tangled myriad of local, state, and federal laws if you wish to carry a gun legally and not go to jail if you have to use it. I do not personally believe in wounding an attacker. If they are trying to kill me, I believe I should be lethal in turn, but that means I have to kill them with one shot if I want to claim self defense, and it is not as easy to kill a man with one shot as Hollywood makes out.

There is also the issue of different firearms. Just like different styles of blades must be used differently for optimal use, different firearms load, aim, and fire differently. It takes a great deal of time to be even marginally proficient with the most common types.

Outside of civilian self defense, there is also a TREMENDOUS level of skill required while conducting CQC scenarios (close quarters combat - room to room urban warfare.) The tactics and techniques required to wage combat in urban conditions are too numerous to list here, but one could write hundreds of books about it.

Finally, I have to say that I respect the Old Ways, but I am a realist and very practical when it comes to the safety of my family. To that end, I realize most criminals are not going to attack me with a sword. They will likely have a gun, and I am not going to bring a knife to a gun fight. If they do have a sword, well… too bad for them, because I’ll still have my pistol regardless. Furthermore, in most states, I cannot carry a sword or even a large knife legally and discretely in public, but I can legally carry my .45 just about anywhere I want to go, with no one even knowing I have it, but that introduces another subject entirely: optimal concealed carry methods ‒ another subject for many books.


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