- Jun 19, 2007
Bump for more sword pics.
Forgive me but I have learned that something in our hindbrain reacts differently when we see a long knife or sword versus a firearm. I don't know why other than conditioning? Whatever teh reason is, when the knives come out, people pay attention.
I would not be surprised to find out that the "katana can cut anything" myth was a part of Japanese govt. propaganda pumped out during the Meiji period. The Japanese people have not let go of the many erroneous and superstitious ideas that came out of the Meiji period, some of it very racist and ignorant. They believe they are the only people in the world to fold steel. I educated many of them, but they decided not to discuss swords immediately after hearing that Vikings also folded steel.
The truth is that swords, Japanese and otherwise, have never been that useful on the battlefield! Spears, arrows and bullets have ALWAYS done the real work.
There is just something about a sword that captivates men. Perhaps it is an artistic perfection, perhaps it is simply phallic.
Having said that, there is nothing wrong with obsessing over swords. I am one of those people who was willing to pay the price for a real Japanese sword. Believe me, I could use that money right now. My o-dachi is not for sale. Ever.
I just remembered that I had Uncle Bill sign the scabbard of my manjushree. You can see it in the pic..
The reasoning came up with was this: pistols are feared because they are a status symbol of officers and government officials -- guys that had the authority to kill you on the spot. The rifle-wielding soldier did not. With bayonets fixed, it meant they had shown up to kill you, not talk to you. And knives in general? Well, the nice man down at the police interrogation room had knives. . .