Also, try not to take the post to seriously. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. While it is known that the average samurai had a large inventory of unarmed fighting techniques at his disposal, these too would be unlikely to play a part against a shield wielding warrior. Added to this their training in a weapon and tactic for just about every conceivable situation, and you have a monster in steel. Surprisingly though, the weights between the two weapons are actually very similar and vary within the same degrees. It may perhaps be true that, only in a modern cultural context, it cannot compare to the surviving systematized traditions of feudal Japanese sword arts.
The ability of each combatant to read or size up their opponent and the threat they posed would be an important consideration. Okay you have established why you chose Miyomoto Mushashi, 60 duels to the death and he died of old age. But most combat occurred in the environment of the home islands. Likely the samurai as they wear lighter armor and have substantially better mobility. The early samurai engaged in a ritualized style of warfare where individual champions might fight separate battlefield duels following established protocols, as opposed to a later mounted archery style of combat amidst pike formations of lesser foot soldiers. While there are many note-worthy Japanese swords to talk about, we want to focus specifically on the sword used by Samurai — The Katana.
Without the necessary weapons designed intentionally to face and defeat plate armor, any fighter armed with a sword alone would have difficulty katana or not. People could travel on it only by horse or foot. He works full-time teaching and writing on historical European fighting arts. Despite thousands of years of tradition, across every continent, the most superior of these remains a topic of much deliberation… Who would win in the ultimate showdown between a Japanese Samurai and a medieval Knight? In addition to the hundred or so different sword forms--both European and Asian, antique and modern--that I've test-cut with against a wide assortment of materials, I've also cut with numerous Japanese swords in this case, early-20th century specimens and modern reproductions as well as attended several test-cutting demonstrations. Never said how he would win just that he would win. Armoured duel on foot with weapons of choice: Knight 90—100% of the time.
The knight grabs hold of the samurai, savagely pummels his head with his pommel and finishes the samurai off with a thrust of his long sword. In the event I am wrong the points I made still stand- if he was on the field, he wouldn't behave in the way he does during a duel. Thus, Stone never said he personally took part in any such test or that they even involved any European blades. The Tokaido was a narrow 500km track, that linked Kyoto to Edo. Fighting with sword and shield offers a well-rounded and strong defense that safely permits a wide range of both direct and combination attacks.
That's about the same weight and probably a little less than modern soldiers typically carry. No weapon is perfect, each has their advantages and works better in one regard or another. Very well I'll waste my time on this. Nightwolf wrote:A whole bunch of stuff. The arrows of the samurai would do no damage to the knight. Of the German swords 1400 passed with 28 being rejected. So, I'm often perturbed at the prejudice and ignorance that results from the influential popular media in regard to many of them, particularly the hype that surrounds Japanese swords.
End of the day, X vs Y warrior threads are silly simply because they ignore everything but the only two tangible objects- the weapons and armour. These books are usually very fun, very informative and very clear - so they're perfect as an introduction. While there is today an active subculture promoting and preserving historical Japanese bujutsu war skills or practicing modern budo war ways and a great deal is also known about their practice, the equivalent can not yet be said for? Also, while there are weak points in the joints of the armor, plate mail still provides protecttion for 90% of the upper body. Why did you select William Marshal? On the armor of the richer samurai, it was often built with iron in it's entirety and reinforced with mail. They did this either to keep their honour or to die because their daimyo had been killed. So, even though Japanese armor for the most part was made up of the same quality steel as went into their weapons, European blades would likely not encounter anything especially difficult with it that they didn't already face.
It would likely be an interesting fight, but over soon after who ever was first to learn the others fighting style and find a good enough weakness to exploit. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Having a false edge gives tremendeous bonuses with these kind of swords. Yet a shield user's attacks are not at all one sided. Blocking or absorbing blows does not kill your opponent, it only blocks or absorb blows.
Though the details of manufacture differed, they were made by the same fundamental scientific processes of heating and hand-working metal by shaping and grinding as were other fine swords around the world throughout history. Your re-enactment group needs to look into more authentic equipment. A complete suit of fully articulated rigid plate-armor, which has been described as unequaled in its ingenuity and strength, required entirely different specialized weapons to effectively defeat it. However, the average Viking could not afford such pricey items and had to rely on offense as their best defense. To what degree this occurred is worth contemplating. They too varied with time from the wider, flatter kinds to those rigid, tapering, sharply pointed and well suited for stabbing both plate and laminated armors. A complete suit of fully articulated rigid plate-armor, which has been described as unequaled in its ingenuity and strength, was nearly resistant to sword blows and required entirely different specialized weapons to effectively defeat it.