rburch wrote: No, a Katana was not made to cut through armor. Japanese Armor was made to stop a katana cutting into you, viking era chainmail will stop a katana very nicely as well.
You and I are talking about different armor here. I am talking about primitive leather armor, I feel you are talking about plate armor, two different stories. The Kanata was made with a curve to it, the reason being that the blade with a curve will have less surface contact making it a perfect cutting tool for slicing through leather and tough armor.
rburch wrote:Blood would splatter from "Nice clean cut" as well, and you won't get that cut if you haven't trained for years with a katana. Also it does matter what part of the body you strike, especially if you haven't trained. Samurai practiced those cuts hundreds or thousands of times a day, until they have it mastered, and then continued to practice for their entire lives.
Blood will spray from a cut, not so much splatter, a splatter is more so from blunt objects then a sharp object and while they can occur with a cutting object they wouldn't be as bad as a blunt object.
rburch wrote:A top of the line folded 1,000,000,000 times blade will break very easily if you use it wrong. Or you'll just get it hung up in the first skull you try to cleave and then get mobbed while trying to pull it out. I've seen people using good quality replica katanas get them hung up in a 4" tatami mat, because they were off in their cut by a tiny angle.
I agree it would break easy, then again anything would break easily. My point was to not underestimate a katana based on some crappy gun show USA replica that broke the first time you accidentally sat on it. Also this could be said about anything.
rburch wrote:Only thing you've said I agree with, we are talking about the weapon we would use. If you choose to use a katana, go for it. Chose what you want, but make damn sure you get the training to use it.
If you can't afford to spend several hours a day training with a proper teacher, or can't find one, then you may need to rethink a katana. Or really any melee weapon...
I have a few, I collect swords and other sharp objects. No I am not trained in them, but if it came down to it a katana is going to be just as strong or weak as any other sharp weaponry, my liking for using the katana is the fact they have nice reach length over say a machete, they have a curve for less surface contact meaning better slicing if properly used and are in my opinion a lot lighter then the normal sword.
So if it came down to it and I was looking down at the floor and I saw one ax, one sword, one machete, a baseball bat and a katana I am going to go with a katana.