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The sword that killed 100 men...
Topic by: roadwarrior
Posted: April 15, 2005 - 3:34 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 15, 2005 - 5:23 PM PDT

author topic: The sword that killed 100 men...
post #1  on April 15, 2005 - 3:34 PM PDT  
I'm caught up in the Samurai X series partly because of how unbelievably different Kenshin is from the Kenshin in the TV series. If he learned Hiten Mitsurugi (sp?) as a killing art, then I don't believe he could have so easily altered it for use with a reverse-blade sword to spare the lives of his opponents (when he completes a H-M move, they are supposed to be left dead on the ground, imo).

Anyway, it got me thinking that since most fiction has some basis in reality, there must exist swords used by master samurai that have killed dozens, or even hundreds of men in battle. I would assume most of these that survived belong to private collections, but could some be on display in museums somewhere? Would I have to trek to Japan?

I know it sounds macabre, but I think I would like to see up close a weapon that devastating (grasp the hilt?... I'd probably spazz), as I imagined the life and philosophy of the man who wielded it.

post #2  on April 15, 2005 - 4:50 PM PDT  
RW: Do you study some sort of fencing?
post #3  on April 15, 2005 - 5:05 PM PDT  
I think most of the swords in museums are swords that were made for samurai of high rank by master sword makers. Of course they are of superb quality, but it's doubtful that they would actually been used to chop up lots of people. Most of the men who owned the famous swords had plenty of underlings to do the killing for them.

Also, I haven't heard of anyone keeping records of kills by sword. It's not like swordsmen made little notches in the blade for each man they killed. The famous master Musashi Miyamoto did a lot of killing with wooden swords, sometimes carved by him just before a duel.

I think there are very few swords that are KNOWN to have been used in famous battles or duels, just as there are very few guns that were owned by specific Western gunmen that are credited with certain kills.
post #4  on April 15, 2005 - 5:23 PM PDT  
> On April 15, 2005 - 4:50 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
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> RW: Do you study some sort of fencing?
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Not at all... I just find this very interesting...

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