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Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Ankerson, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Munk,

    The HI Katana has recieved alot of great reviews, it's a great cutting sword from what I have been reading. You may want to take to Bill about one.


    I wouldn't mind having one to test for awhile. ;)
     
  2. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Ankerson- I went back and reread the thread about Tarwars- it was you who said a Tarwar could cut a Katana to bits.



    munk
     
  3. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Yeah I know.:D And as I said in this thread it will break a Cheap Katana or a WWII Production Katana made in a factory.:)

    But a good Folded Steel Katana, more than likely not.;)
     
  4. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Munk,

    Put a Tarwar against a Katana in the same price range and the Tarwar would eat it for Lunch everytime and come back for seconds.:D


    You can snap a cheap Katana over your knee....they aren't real Katanas. Thin blades with poor heat treating and soft steel. They are fine for display swords...(Wall Hangers) but not much else.

    The Tarwar is one heck of a strong sword.
     
  5. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Is there any sword lighter than a Katana and strong enough? Could Zorro kill your Samuria? - hitting a new low of ridiculous questions...


    Yeah, I know- Zorro only gets the point, not the edge to attack with.


    munk
     
  6. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    LOL...

    Have you seen those thin little swords they used? Put one of those against a Katana....the Katana would cut it in half like butter.
     
  7. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Ankerson. what about metalurgy? I mean, a modern Mercedes Benz truck spring has got to have qualities in it, that once expertly forged and differentially hardened, a 500 year old thousand times folded Katana does not? Where's firkin?



    munk
     
  8. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    We have different swords for differet styles and uses.

    The Tarwar is more of a Broad Sword, heavy to smash through armor and thinner ligher battle swords.

    The Katanas are in a class by themselves (Not including the Production WWII Factory Ones that are not true Folded Steel Katanas).
     
  9. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    You won't see an Antique 500 year old Katana being used today, they are worth a ton of cash and are in private collections. They are also very tough.

    Some things never change, the Japanese found the perfect steel forging process about 600 years ago from what I remember.
     
  10. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
  11. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
  12. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Munk,

    Alot of smiths use spring steel and yes it's good for making swords. Properly fordged and heat treated it is very tough and has excellent qualities. Thats why the HI Khuks and Swords are so good. Good steel fordged by skilled craftsmen.:)
     
  13. Rusty

    Rusty Moderator Moderator

    Mar 8, 1999
    Some of you may remember me talking of handing an Everest Katana to a friend while sitting in my truck, and the guy handed it back to me and I resheathed it, and drove away with the window down. I didn't think I'd touched anything, but as I hit about ten or 12 mph a feather from my mirror's dream catcher blew off, cut clealy through halfway down the feather.

    I decided it was sharp enough.
     
  14. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Munk,



    Here is closeup of my folded blades, you can see the layers...(About 1000 layers)


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  15. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Rusty,

    I guess it was...:D
     
  16. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Ankerson, I read the links- at least, enough to know how good those swords were and are. But of modern metalurgy? There was nothing in the links comparing the swords to modern steels. Surely the Japanese masters still could not meet all of today's standards of metalurgy? By this I mean new combinations of metal, and manufacturing techniques not available to them.

    I'm curious,

    munk
     
  17. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    The katana vrs. just about everything else debate has been ranging seemingly for ever. We are not going to resolve it here. But, advocates on both sides should acknowledge that the user often determines the results. Someone who has developed good skills with a sword can do things with it that seem to defy physics. How easy it is to flex the edge into the wrong position, to swing it too fast, or too slowly, to hit at the wrong angle or with the wrong part of the blade. There is no magic here, it is all just steel; but, skill can make the difficult seem effortless.

    n2s
     
  18. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Yeah it has and always will, and no we aren't going to settle this tonite.:)

    Yes it is true the skill of the swordsmen makes the difference most of the time and some luck never hurt either.;)
     
  19. Josh Feltman

    Josh Feltman

    Feb 12, 2001
    So, Ankerson, if you wouldn't mind taking the time, can you outline some of the basics for cutting with a katana? Can similar techniques be applied to cutting with khukuris? Enquiring minds want to know;)
    --Josh
     
  20. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Munk,

    I really don't think that it matters all that much if they did or not. That's why the Katanas were and still are so good. With all the real testing the Japanese did they found what they concidered to be the best way to produce tough blades.

    Remember all swords are compared to the Katanas, not the other way around.
     

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