A Conversation for The Samurai Sword
Mat Lindsay (the researcher formerly known as Nylarthotep...now he has a name, all he needs is a face) Started conversation Aug 22, 2002
You might also like to mention the fact that a Katana was always paired with a Wakizashi (short-sword) that was made in a similar way. The pair were known together as a "Diasho" (at least I think that's the right spelling) and some fighting styles utilised the Wakizashi in place of a shield to fend off blows from an opponent, the Katana was not exclusivly a two-handed weapon. Some Japanese warriors also used a war-fan, or "Gunsen" which was made with a metal frame to distract a foe as well as deflect blows.
deviant Posted Feb 8, 2004
there are two other knives the kanta was paired with, the first was the dai-kantana, this was a longer kantana, and then also a tanto or japanese dagger
Musashi Himura, the ronin returns, is happy to be back Posted Aug 2, 2004
tanto would most of the time be carried up the sleeve for purposes of seppuku, as a samurai would always be willing to take his own life if he felt he had shamed himself, or his daimyo/shogun/emporer/ancestors,also most samurai would only fight one handed as the fighting style used with a katana i forget the technical term was very precise there was only a few samurai skilled enough to fight in the niten-ishi ryo style that was created by the Ronin myamoto musashi (i do believe there is an article relating to him some were on hootoo) i cant remember ever reading of samurai using the wakisashi like a french/itallian fencer would use a dirk with a rapier
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