JCC Swords & Swordplay etc

Discussion in 'Community' started by Sarge, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Saintheart Chosen One

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    Really? I've got a nice little hole I need in my wall that's been a bitch to try and drill, could you drop over and fix it up for me? :D :D :D
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  2. epic Ex Mod / RSA

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    i was scrolling through each persons post thinking, good, they haven't made the katana joke and then..... smh
  3. Mikaboshi Force Ghost

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    I have been training in the use of a katana for the past 4 years now.

    I am in the back, seventh from the right.

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    Fun filled days of cutting are very enjoyable.

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    My daughter is learning as well. :)

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  4. Aegon Starcaster Jedi Master

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    Sarge, Mikaboshi, and VadersLaMent? You are inspirations!

    I have no formal training with swords! I think I always loved swashbuckling weapons after seeing Star Wars the first time, but I didn't really take an interest until
    after seeing the Highlander movie! And thus my informal training began by watching that movie wherein the swashbuckling isn't even that great, or realistic.
    Needless to say, with a sword in hand, I'm nearly defenseless.

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  5. Mikaboshi Force Ghost

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    It is a lot of fun, the hard part is just taking the first step.

    PS: You look like Prince. :p
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  6. Sarge Chosen One

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    Dem's fightin' woids!
    Throw a gauntlet in his face, Prince! Errr, I mean, Aegon! If you don't give him what for, you're not a man! [face_phbbbbt] ;)
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  7. Zapdos Force Ghost

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    So stubborn
    hnnnngghh
  8. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    I have black belt in the traditional karate (Kobudo) weapons which does not cover sword but as a martial arts/weapons nerd I've picked up a thing or two.

    The only swords I actually own are a 160 year old tulwar and a training gladius (heavy as hell).
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  9. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    Zapdos what are you saying
  10. Zapdos Force Ghost

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    You think about it
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  11. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    I've always thought how awesome it would be for there to be a sword vs. chainsaw fight. It'd be utterly horrific but also hilarious.
  12. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    Confusion,
    Wash o'er me
    R B U'
    B' R D
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  13. Zapdos Force Ghost

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    Will you let me know when you've completed the sequence?
  14. Sarge Chosen One

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    I'll take any sword over a chainsaw. Chainsaws are heavy, clumsy, and not at all suited for fighting. Anyone who knows how to use a sword would cut a chainsaw wielder to pieces.
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  15. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    I am trying my hardest every day. But sometimes it feels hopeless.
  16. Mortimer Snerd Force Ghost

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    In all fairness...he does kinda look like Prince. Personally I think Prince is pretty cool for a midget.
  17. Mikaboshi Force Ghost

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    Being from Minneapolis, I think rather highly of Prince.
  18. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    Well since the rumsmuggler reference has already been made, I guess I have no choice but to seriously reply to the topic....



    I've only got three swords myself: a replica gladius, a training sabre, and a competitive sabre. I also have a US Navy officer's sabre miniature letter opener made by the same folks who make the real thing, but that doesn't count. I prefer the more elegant or ornamental swords myself, so that's usually either 18th/19th century ceremonial officer's swords or renaissance style swept hilt rapiers. Fencing sabres are fun too, if rather utilitarian. Sadly it seems most officers' sabres these days are pretty plain too, with the exception of the Royal Navy's.
  19. Saintheart Chosen One

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    *ahem* The correct invocation of trial by combat in the English tradition is to hurl a leather gauntlet to the floor of the court after declaring yourself "Not guilty, and prepared to defend so by my body."

    Either that, or slap the guy across the face with the gauntlet. :D
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  20. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    Oh yeah, I also have a Malaysian Keris that also dates roughly 160 years old but that's more of a long dagger.
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  21. Sarge Chosen One

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    OK, all of you know the rules: Pics, or you don't have anything! Hey, I didn't make that rule, I just live by it.
    Well, when I want to.
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  22. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    I have a sword (katana? **** if I know) that my grandfather took from the body of a Japanese officer. ...Actually, he got it after the war when he was part of the occupation force. It's clearly a genuine sword and the blade is in good shape, but the scabbard and handle are plain and look like they may have been mutilated in order to remove any identifying markings. So I don't know for sure if it ever actually belonged to anyone or if it was just one of those novelties that locals would sell to GI's (though like I said, it's clearly a real sword). Maybe I'll get someone who knows anything to look at it some day.

    And maybe I'll take a photo of it when I'm not feeling lazy... and if I remember where it is.
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  23. Saintheart Chosen One

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    As I understood it, most of the katana carried by Japanese officers during WW2 weren't genuine back-to-the-days-of-the-Meiji-Restoration weapons; those items are very, very rare -- we're talking in the six figure range or so for a genuine medieval piece. By the point in World War 2 when hundreds of Japanese officers were each carrying one of those things, they were generally making the blades in mass production, not infrequently out of recycled tin cans and other "inferior" steel. In terms of use they had roughly the equivalent function of a dress sword on a US Naval officer. On very few isolated occasions it was used in hand-to-hand combat, but that wasn't really it's function. It was more frequently used to behead Allied prisoners of war -- to save ammunition -- than it was ever really used in combat.
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  24. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Well, I know it's not medieval and the blade was primarily ceremonial. What I meant by "genuine" is that it's not a toy or something.
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  25. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    On the other hand, I've read that WWII katanas, while mass produced, were made to exact specifications and quality standards, including stress tests because they were meant to be used in defense of the country. There's video of mass exercises in sword work as they got ready.
    Of course that's no use against rifle wielding GI's but it's similar to when pikes were distributed at the start of the American Revolution because there weren't enough guns.

    I'm sure as resources became increasingly rare they started using anything they could get there hands on.
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