You are quite right,ForgeCorvus wrote:Its nice to see Long Steel on a survivalist/prepper forum that isn't bent in the middle
The Japanese make swords to defeat Japanese armour. The Germanic and Norse peoples wore different armour and therefore made different swords (not worse or better, just different)
Swords are for speed, Axes for power and Spears & knives are for everyone
Wulf: I'd love to see your work in the metal
When I was teaching a martial art (Shotokan) I got into the whole katana thing, even opened me gob a bit to quick once and lost out on a set of pre-modern era swords the landlord's son of my local showed me.
As time passed and my period of interest changed to the migration period peoples of England and the histories of the Northern Germanic peoples from circa 449 AD-1080 AD, I became aware that the Japs were 400 years behind the Northern Europeans in the construction of their legendary swords.
By about 850 AD the Northern Germanic monastic forges were forging broadsword blades under the name of ulfberht with a .6 carbon content of their 'mono-steel', I use a .5 mono-steel from Sweden which makes me happy to see a Northern European sword type being forged from Northern European steel
By about 1200 AD when the Japs had their swords right the mono-steel European swords were just as good albeit a bit slower in the hand than the katana. I'd say on a side impact test the European broads would have stood up better than the overrated katana.
I once read a document listing the number of Jap smiths over the feudal period and there seems far to few swords left these days to back up any belief that they did actually stand up in battle as well as their legend would suggest