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    Quote Originally Posted by M21Sniper
    I have also taken about 10 years of martial arts(Kung Fu, both Northern and Southern flavors), i know my weapons too lad.(My favorite sword is actually the Tai Chi sword- but it requires an extremely high level of training to use it proficiently)

    Thunar: I have taken Ninjutsu from Robert Bussey here in Omaha for 2 years, Tae Kwon do for 6 years, fencing for 2 , Kung fu as well and now training BJJ and catch wresltling I know my weapons as well especially germanic/norse and northern european

    My bastard sword cost the guy that bought it $1000.00. It is a 'faithful reproduction'. It was custom made by a vendor who works at the Pennsylvania rennaisance fair, who is also a master blacksmith, and a good friend of the original owner, hence the low price tag. When the owner 'went away', i inherited about a dozen high quality melee weapons from him.

    The sword has a straight, wide blade about 40" long by 6" wide, double-edged, with a blood gutter running down the length of the richly engraved gold inlaid blade. The blade is a good high-carbon steel, with a full tang. The hilt is brass, about 8" long, with an extremely wide brass crossguard, about 10" across. The sword weighs approx. 30lbs. I would never dream of attempting to use it in a fight, it is entirely too unwieldy, but it is the classic 'hand and a half sword'. If you did ever manage to connect with a slash the damage would be catastrophic to the recipient.

    Thunar: Yep like I said its a parade arming sword dude not an actual fighting sword they made it that way for looks never for fighting. For one the blade is to wide. I'm sure its a good buy for a wallhanger but never for fighting. I busy for the moment but I will respond to the other posts probably later tonight or tomorrow but I hate to say it dude that is not a real bastard sword in sense of what a knight would actually carry into battle.

    I also have a two handed long sword(exact replica of the sword from the movie Conan the Barbarian), an authentic Native American Spear(Apache), two authentic Cherokee Tomahawks, 5 Katanas of varying quality(the best being a WWII Japanese officers sword), about a dozen daggers of various kinds, and a handmade Tai Chi sword of exquisite(by my standards) quality.
    Thunar: Lets see off the top of my head 4 viking swords, 2 scrams, 1 seax, 2 spears one being a boar spear, 1 claymore, 2 basket hilts claymore, 2 vedel period germanic broadsword,1 katana, 1 Ninja-ken, 1 swepthilt rapier and its main gauche, now my fantasy weapons I to have a conan replica sword, connor's and duncan's katana and from the comic book Thor his hammer Mjolnir, now my armor 2 maile ring shirts, 2 spangenhelms splint armor that I made myself like the varangian guard wore, or I forgot 3 long bows 2 for my reeacting 20 lbs and 1 of actual yew and that is 65 lbs. well I'll answer the other posts later.

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    Samurai...Knight, I don't want to piss either off.
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    "Thunar: Yep like I said its a parade arming sword dude not an actual fighting sword they made it that way for looks never for fighting. For one the blade is to wide. I'm sure its a good buy for a wallhanger but never for fighting. I busy for the moment but I will respond to the other posts probably later tonight or tomorrow but I hate to say it dude that is not a real bastard sword in sense of what a knight would actually carry into battle."

    Nope, it is a full tanged fully functional battle worthy sword.
    It is NOT a wallhanger by any means.

    It was made that way(engraved and gold inlaid) because the dude that had it made has ridiculous amounts of cash, and he was very good friends with the blacksmith that made it. For a stranger to have got that sword made it would've cost at least $4000 US dollars.
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    "I to have a conan replica sword"

    ebay, about 50 bucks(the same thing at a rennaisance fair would be about 300 bucks or so).

    That one is a wall hanger though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M21Sniper
    The Scots under Wallace trashed a huge British heavy armored cavalry charge at the battle of Falkirk, and the Moors cleaned the crusaders clocks on many occasions, knights are hardly invincible.
    But that was in the 13th or 14th century, the question was 1 15th century knight v 1 15th century samurai, who goes home standing who goes home in the pine box? IMO, I feel the knight would have a slight advantage because his plate armor, the curved katana blade would have some difficulty in a thrust, however since most japanese armor was made of laquor, the sheer weight of the Western sword, if it struck would badly injure the Samurai if not pierce his armor. However, I do agree the Samurai would have the speed advantage and perhaps chould out maneuver the Knight, find the weak spots (the joints) and one good slash to the inner thigh or a thrust under the arm and its game over for our western warrior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunatock
    Lots more to consider than just the Katana and the European Bastard Sword. Knight Swords and Knight Armor for example. They depended on brute strength since the swords and armor were so heavy. And when knights fought the objective was to knock your opponent flat on his back.

    And the different types of weapons & tactics. Let's say castle or house warfare. Unlike Knights, samurai would use bows & arrows at medium to close range.
    And you ever been inside any Japanese buildings? Not quite as spacious as buildings in other countries. Which would suck for fully suited knights and most of thier weapons. Samurai could just unsheath some Wakazashi's, which were made for indoor fighting. And odds are the knights would have to use daggers, as most of thier other weapons would be too big & clumsy, considering the limited space they'd have in a Japanese fortress.
    Or you know a right hook with a gauntlet on your hand; what about a mace, those things are slightly longer than a hammer and twice as bad assed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunatock
    4. All of which except a few short swords and daggers they could muster from their ranks would be equally useless inside the hyopthetical Japanese fortress or castle. Especially the lances & pikes. Moving them into position would be like moving furniture up or down at least one flight of stairs.
    HEll if the Samurais will hold out in the castle why waste your time storming it, call in the Trebuchets and have a few ales while the walls come crashing down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86
    What about the 14-15th centuries when the Ottoman's attacked and conquered most of Europe, including Constantinople? They used newly invented/improved cannons, and I'd say their mettalurgy and weaponry was far better than the Europeans at the time. One of the main reason they survived as en Empire over such a large land mass for 500 years
    WRONG, the turks hired German and Hungarian Connoners to do thier bombarding of Constantinople. Further saying Eastern Ruope in the same breath Western Europe is a blurring of the differences in tactics and equipment of both parts of europe.

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    F.Caddy: "But that was in the 13th or 14th century, the question was 1 15th century knight v 1 15th century samurai"

    I am in no way convinced that a 15th century plate would stop a bursting doublehanded Choku-To Katana thrust by a well trained Samurai warrior.

    It might...it also might not.

    That is of course if a Samurai was using a Choku-To or Ninja-To sword. A curved Wakazashi Katana is still a very powerful thrusting blade, but not nearly as optimized for piercing attacks as the straight bladed Choku-To and Ninja-To Katanas are.


    Someone send this into mythbusters! lol.
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    an introduction.. i just signed up because i came across this thread just now and i love it.



    a while ago, someone mentioned how it is possible to use bows and arrows at close range. as an avid archer, it's quite simple.

    samurai bows were made to be drawn on horseback. a yumi, as it is called, is asymmetrical in design and it allows the samurai to draw very quickly over armor and allows him to easily weild it in battle.

    a note here.. the length of the bow does not matter in the strength of it directly. the longer a bow is, the longer the draw length is, which allows for more force on the bow (assuming the bow can handle it.) the key points are the curves. the apex of the curves act as key stones in an arch, holding the force until the arrow is "loosed" or let fly.

    yumi's have a fundamental design that combines the hunnish double-recurve bow to that of the long bow. yumi's are (and were) at least 82" long, with the same 3 key curves that the hunnish bow had (though less exaggerated). this allowed them a potential of raw power equivalent to that of the steppe warriors.

    why did i go on about that? to state that the power of a yumi exceeded that of the longbow, and we all know that longbows pierced plate armor, and even chain mail. actually, i'm looking for a citation that states that a 100-pound mongolian bow can pierce triple layered chain mail from about 300 yards.

    but yeah, in the Last Samurai (freaking awesome movie), the archery (at the very least) is portrayed almost completely accurately. the sheer speed that a good archer has is insane. at the least, the samurai could get the knight off of his horse with his bow.

    oh, and crossbows of the era were not only grossly large themselves (the stocks were huge), they were slow to reload. a decent archer of the era in even europe could nock, aim, loose, and renock 7 arrows per minute, assuming a 100 yard target. it takes considerable less time to aim, and a single shot to the face, back of the head, or to other key areas could finish a knight.

    just my thoughts..

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    oh, i also forgot to mention that ya, or a yumi's arrows, were longer, and so more mass went into each shot. also, the draw was more complete, adding more force to the shot.

    yeah, once on the ground, the samurai would finish off a desperately wounded knight easily.

    also, knights didn't use crossbows, as bows and crossbows were yeomen weapons.

    on a side note, for quite a while, crossbows were said to be anti-christian as well, though i don't know if that was during the 15th century. i'll have to look that up...

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    First off...I can't believe I sat here and read 7 pages of this...lol
    but what the hell...I'll put my 2 cents in..

    It'd be a close battle..both bloodied and tired, but after seeing full plated guys walking around the local renaissance fair...I'd have to go with the samurai on sheer agility.

    Everyone has given excellent points and counter points...so I say agree to disagree until proven otherwise..
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    Quote Originally Posted by M21Sniper
    Oh it's a real bastard sword alright.
    Oh it might look like one, but I think you have been had, conned and suckered.
    A hand and a half would weigh in at 4.5 lbs or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M21Sniper
    It was made that way(engraved and gold inlaid) because the dude that had it made has ridiculous amounts of cash, and he was very good friends with the blacksmith that made it. For a stranger to have got that sword made it would've cost at least $4000 US dollars.
    Just out of curiousity, was the blade ever blooded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M21Sniper
    I have a bastard sword.
    It weighs about 30lbs.
    Using that effectively one handed would be neigh on impossible.
    Hmm thas weird, all medieval swords I have seen in museums weight max 12 lbs, but then again I am not expert with swords I know only how to handle Katana but not european versions.
    But I remember reading that Great Sword weighted 20 lbs.... (isnt lbs about 0,46 kg or something like that?)

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