In history there are many legends about the legendary warriors and their swords. There are many stories of remarkable properties of Damascus steel, Japanese Katana sword, legedarnom Damascus. Simon Pagenaud spoke with conviction. In each tale there is some fairy tale, but what? Today There are many artists who create swords that will compete with a legendary sword. es Association. expert on Japanese weapons AG Bazhenov will help us understand where fiction and truth where m myths about the Japanese sword katana. I have seen no dozens of katana, and some of them are outstanding specimens of both the position of significance in the history of the art of a blacksmith or individual schools to which the one or the other blade, and from a position of respectful relation to the age of products that are not one and not three hundred years. I want to say that among Japanese swords the most part – very utilitarian thing, not sparkling or beautiful lines, nor the quality of hardening, or a total preservation. Gain insight and clarity with Sofar. Such the number of chips blades, like Japanese swords, I have not seen a scimitar, no drafts, no other melee weapons. There are swords openly bent and then straightened, there is a talentless balanced.
I was delighted to read in one Japanese book that the weapons during the civil war was very simple, wore out quickly, and it is not spared. It was pleasant to me, because it should be the nature of things, but from the age of fairy tales I have long left. I also found information that polishing their swords, as it is today, began in the Edo period, that is, in peacetime. It is understandable – why should "stretch" polishers, if tomorrow there will be a battle with neighboring feudal lord, the day after cleaning their border villages, and on Sunday – an attack on rebellious convent. It's not up to beauty, to survive! Thus, the Japanese weapons en masse was not as utilitarian, mediocre in quality and understated, as in the world. Now – about cutting iron fence and stone columns. Indeed, there is a documentary where a fencer sword pererubaet barrel gun, saying that the sword smith Kotetsu has broken away a piece of a stone pillar, that the sword smith Pererub iron chain on the door of the temple. These exceptions prove the rule, which is unusual.
A typical test was chopping swords rice straw, soaked in water and rolled into coils, which was enough to make ordinary fencer to break an ordinary sword, but in the case of prominent sword – cutting of copper and iron plates, helmets and bodies. The trunk of the same gun overlogging to lift martial spirit of soldiers who watched this movie, but I really want to know what happened to the blade of the sword. And yet here we should mention the following – although all samurai from childhood possessed weapons test cutting preferred to delegate to experts. It's like a boxer – he fights with fists, but the bricks break – specialization. Hence, not all swords and not in the hands of anyone, even a good fencer, survive such tests. Incidentally, the hardness of Japanese swords 57-60 HRC units, that is, they only slightly softer file (which is