Katana VS Longsword - The Sad TRUTH!
longsword a tale as old as time both technological marvels of their time these are some of the most iconic weapons ever made but which sword is objectively better are halters curve more than weave well we're going to find out today I'm going to have the answer the age-old question of which is better the
katana or the
longsword. Now I see a lot of videos on this subject so I thought as someone who really loves both swords I might give it a try to make things fair I bought the
katana and long sword from the same manufacturer ronin both cost around 350 bucks here i have a ronin dojo per number 14. it has a 30 inch 1060 through hardened steel blade and for comparison i have a number two ronin medieval
longsword with a 36 inch 1075 spring steel blade Most of the videos that I see online of people comparing
katana from a European point of view seems to be mostly from people who are fed up with all the praise that
katanas are getting in movies and anime have made the
katana b I'm some sort of mystical weapon, capable of cutting through anything that's obviously ridiculous, but I can't help but notice a hint of resentment when it comes to these comparison videos, let alone en from the apparent bias Europeans have when comparing an ancestral sword to their own culture to another I will give Scallogrim props although he did make a video addressing his own prejudice against
katanas and I respect his ability Having an introspective and honest perspective on the subject as Skal admits, many are just tired of hearing how overrated
katanas are, and many of them seem to take it personally, what these people don't seem to realize is that the
katana had a massive impact on American pop culture if you're a gun-toting, root-and-tootin-American with red blood like me.
Chances are you love
katanas so you grew up watching martial arts movies As a kid in America in the 90's you were bombarded with the awesomeness of
katanas from TV to movies, not to mention it was around the same time was when anime came to America in full force to reach a young, impressionable kid. The cool factor of
katanas was undeniably back then there was just a certain amount of mysticism about
katanas because we knew so little about them that it was a mysterious sword from a distant land that looked like nothing we had ever seen before, and growing up as Americans, we didn't have our own cultural sword, so we clung to what we were constantly bombarded with in the popular media.
In contrast, European swords have rarely been romanticized in American films. Sure, there were plenty of movies about knights, but their swords were never a focus, as they were commonly seen as a tool or weapon that the protagonists used with the exception of Lord of the Rings, which is why many Americans, myself included, are fascinated by medieval weapons were obsessed, let's face it nobody really thinks of a katan a can cut right through another sword, everyone who does is either nine years old or sleeps with an anime body pillow every night to have that out of the way .
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of these legendary swords and give me a hand My buddy Brandon, who practices Hema, drove down to do some sparring with me to see how these swords stacked up against each other. Remember, none of us are experts and we're not trying to kill each other. Just thought a comparison video would do the trick. But to be fair, without physically pitting these swords against each other right off the bat, you can say that the
longsword has a significant range advantage, allowing the
longsword wielder to pressure me with thrusts while at a relatively safe distance, if the
longswordsman is skilled enough they could potentially stay out of the
katana's killing range while still being able to attack its opponent as the blade is double-edged and the
longsword allows for quick follow-up attacks off the back of the blade making it more unpredictable than the single-edged
Katana, and when it comes to defense, the
longsword's imposing crossguard provides much more reliable protection than the
katana suba, and in a pinch the crossguard can also be used as a bludgeoning weapon if you want the opponent to get too close, which is the
longsword's greatest advantage is my opinion that prakt Each hit serves as a block, greatly increasing your survivability in a duel.
longsword is extremely versatile, it can really do anything, but the length of the sword makes it generally slower and less viable than the
katana in close combat. Sure, you can use the Crossguard to smack your opponent, but the shorter, more nimble
katana lets you thrust and strike with full efficiency, even at close range. Remember there is an ass A LOT of different types of
longswords here is a table of how many different types of
longswords there are damn thats a lot of variety its like the baskin robbins of swords for this comparison i have chosen what i consider to be the definitive hand and a half long sword and if you disagree with me i respect you probably have some pretty valid reasons for doing so but you know what this is my video make your own fucking video what the
katana lacks in reach, it more than makes up for in speed.
The shorter, lighter blade allows for lightning fast strikes but means the
katana user has to close the distance which can be extremely dangerous, which brings me to my next point. In my opinion, the biggest difference between these two swords isn't their blades, but their fighting style, while the
longsword relies on range and focuses on defensive cuts that double as blocks. The
katana is a much more brutal weapon for a warrior who lives by the code bushido does not fear death by the sword living by the sword dying by the sword i cannot stress enough how dangerous an armed fighter is when not fearing death, and the
katana is a perfect encapsulation whose p philosophy end the fight with a single devastating blow or die in battle with honor for a samurai your enemy's guard the
katana is balls on the wall victory or death now we're not here to argue who is a better fighter, knight or samurai because that is impossible to test.
I only felt it important to mention because again there isn't another comparison video I've seen I've considered that before, that's enough ramblings. Let's see what these swords can do folks so we're going to test these swords and see how well they cut, looking at the specs online is one thing, but actually wielding the sword and making some real cuts is one very different story, a lot of long swords, uh, high end wise ones, don't really come with scabbards but this one isn't super nice or anything but it's nice that it comes with a h, it's got that kind of cheap one sword belt.
Generally any long sword that comes with the scabbard is going to have a pretty crappy sword belt but you know it's cool it comes with a uh not bad for the price nice blade it's a nice blade it has some distal taper which is actually quite impressive. It has a genuine leather handle that is stitched nice and tight. I will say that the edges of the crossguard are pretty sharp, if I ram my hand across them very quickly I could potentially cut myself on the pommel, but you know you're paying 350 for a battle-ready sword, you really can't do too much expected but overall pretty good Lastly you know, four inches of blade for a long sword, not bad, not useless, but by no means a refined sword.
Balance is very important when it comes to swords because even a light sword that is badly balanced will do damage. I'm weird and unwieldy in the hand, even a heavy sword if properly balanced can be wielded very quickly, oh it's pretty good it's a bit damaged it's not cut super clean but cut through let's see how little effort I can put into it when cutting the blade is so thin it gets to the target really really well. It's pretty good. What strikes me about this long sword is that this pommel is one of those rounded pommels and it kind of has sharp edges that hold it so tight and as you cut you feel that vibration in your hands and it kicks back into that hand.
Well I wouldn't really want to do this for too long, it just feels a little weird. I think that's why they wear gloves, long swords generally don't tend to be razor sharp because they're more for thrusting and kind of want to be able to do it half-handed and stuff like that, but uh, it's actually surprising how well it cuts because how sharp it is it's not that sharp uh it's not terrible at cutting uh not that great i I'm sure you'll notice in the footage that the blade there is some wobbling when I swing the sword in slow motion as it is spring steel the blade moves in such a way that perfect edge alignment is more difficult plus the fact that the hilt is shorter doesn't allow for enough leverage or that much leverage like a
katana it won't be good at cutting and slashing that's ok because long swords are meant for thrusting but it can do the job it's cool I like the sword, the reaches can't be underestimated having the extra you know five inch reach is really nice all right so now I have a double mat this one doesn't have a pole in the middle so it's just two tatami mats big one Boy and it's soaked which makes it so much harder let's go man even on practice swings this pommel really digs into your hand can see some some wa vines in the cut because the blade is spring steel so it moves and warps moves a little as it moves towards the target.
Nice it's pretty good as the
longsword is a thrusting weapon first and foremost I'm going to test it with the thrusts are kinda the beauty of the
longsword but because it's spring steel you can thrust the sword and it can bend and it simply returns to shape the reason
longswords jump to the point, because you want it to be able to keep your sword point pointed at your target at all times and to be able to maneuver, but it really flies through the target. The only real downside I would like to say about this long sword, specifically this design, is that the hilt is a bit short for my liking, it's hard to get leverage on it and the pommel is extremely uncomfortable, especially when you're swinging and you need to stop your cut this thing digs right into your hand, even with gloves on it's a little uncomfortable, the gloves definitely help but um how you swing it it's not the best but um it definitely gets those Work when you have the extra you know four or five inches of reach it's really nice okay so we're going to test the Ronin
Katana Dojo Pro number 14.
It's got a really nice, pretty red saya. It's a pretty cool sword, so we've got a through-hardened carbon steel blade, which is why there's no hormone, so it's not differentially tempered. I will say this sword is without a doubt the sharpest sword I own. I haven't touched it that's factory sharpness this thing is a scary shark it's kind of that sharpness that when you feel it you're like I don't want to be on the receiving end of that edge uh there it is hardened through i imagine it will be able to retain that edge really well but very impressive ronin
katana really very impressed sharpening the sword is quite light but it is oddly balanced as the balance point is almost halfway down the blade
katana is you kind of want it here and all the attachments on the handle are pre made tty low quality I mean you're paying 350 for a sword that feels a bit tip heavy.
I wish the handle had a little more weight. It would be better balanced if you just put a thicker suba like a full iron suba er it would help tremendously but I this thing will blast through this target as you can see it's perfectly smooth it's just one flat plane, in contrast, when I cut with the long sword, it still passes through the target, but because the blade bends as it moves through its target, it makes it a little uneven, which then more would cause drag and possibly cause you to miss the finish. It's very stiff compared to the long sword, which you can also pull through much better, so