Katana VS Longsword - The Sad TRUTH!
longsword a story 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 it's the neck beards that shrink more than the fabrics well we're at about to find out today that we are going to answer the age old question which is better the
katana or the long sword. Now I watch a lot of videos on this topic so I thought as someone who really loves both swords I might give it a try to make things fair. I bought the
longsword from the same manufacturer ronin both priced around 350 dollars here I have a number 14 ronin dojo pro it has a 30 inch blade made of 1060 hardened steel and for comparison I have a number two medieval ronin
longsword with a 36 inch blade made of 1075 spring steel.
Most of the videos online I see of people comparing
katana seem to be from a European perspective, mostly from people sick and tired of all the praise. It's some kind of mystical weapon capable of cutting through anything, which is obviously ridiculous, but I can't help but notice a bit of resentment when it comes to these comparison videos, not to mention the obvious bias Europeans have when comparing an ancient sword. with yours. culture to another I'll support scalogrim though he made a video that addresses his own biases against
katanas and I respect his ability to be introspective and honest about it.
I put a link in the description if you want to see his perspective on the subject as skal admits that many are sick of hearing how hype
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. you are a root armed and too red blooded american like me you most likely love
katanas so you grew up on martial arts movies you really like Highlander when it first came out seriously if you grew up as a kid in states United during the '90s, you were bombarded with the
katana awesomeness of TV and movies, not to mention that this is around the same time that anime came to America in full force.
For an impressionable kid, the cool factor of
katanas was undeniable back then there was a level of mystique about
katanas because we knew so little about them that it was a mysterious sword from a far away land unlike anything we had ever seen before and growing up american we didn't have our own cultural sword so we stuck to what we were constantly criticized for in the popular media, in contrast european swords were rarely romanticized in american movies sure there were plenty of movies about knights, but their swords were never a focus, they were generally just seen as a tool or weapon that the protagonists used with the exception of lord of the rings, which is why so many americans including myself obsessed over medieval weaponry let's be honest no one really thinks of a katan one can cut straight into another sword anyone who does is nine years old or du erme with an anime body pillow every night ok with that out of the way lets take a look at the pros and cons of these legendary swords and to help me do this my friend brandon who practices hema drove over to do some bout me to see how these swords stack up against each other, keep in mind none of us are experts and we're not trying to kill each other, just thought a comparison video would do the trick.
To be fair, without physically pitting these swords against each other early on, the
longsword can be said to have a significant range advantage, allowing the
longsword user to pressure me with thrusts while in relatively safe range if the
longsword fighter is skilled enough that he could potentially stay out of the killing range of the
katana while still being able to strike his opponent, as the blade is double edged, the
longsword allows for quick follow up attacks with the back of the blade making it more unpredictable than the single edged
katana and when it comes to defense the imposing crosshair of the
longsword provides much more reliable protection for the
katana to come up and in a pinch, The guard cross can also be used as a blunt weapon if your opponent gets too close.
The biggest advantage of the
longsword, in my opinion, is that virtually every blow is dur plica as a block which greatly increases your survivability in a duel the
longsword is extremely versatile it really can do it all but with that being said the length of the sword generally makes it slower and less viable in combat at close range than the
katana sure you can use the crosshead to hit your opponent but with the shorter and more agile
katana you can thrust and cut with full efficiency even at close range keep in mind there is an ass a lot of different types of swords long here here's a table of how many different types of long swords there are damn that's a lot of variety it's like the baskin Robbins of Swords for this comparison I chose what I consider to be the quintessential hand and a half long sword and if you're not ok with me i respect you probably have some pretty valid reasons for it but you know what my video is go make your fucking video now what the
katana lacks in range It more than makes up for its speed, the shorter and lighter blade allows for lightning fast strikes but means the
katana user will have to close the distance which can be extremely dangerous which brings me to the next point in my opinion , the biggest difference between these two swords is not their blades, but their fighting style, while the
longsword is range-based and focuses on defensive slashes that double as parries, the
katana is a much more brutal weapon, a warrior who lives by the code of bushido does not fear death lives by the sword dies by the sword I cannot stress enough how dangerous an armed combatant is when he does not fear death and the
katana is a perfect encapsulation of that p Philosophy end the fight with a single devastating blow or die in battle with honor to a samurai, nothing is more important, similar to the Vikings, who are known as the most vicious fearsome warriors in all of history, while the
longsword is designed to detect weaknesses in your enemy's guard, the
katana is victory or death, now we are not here to discuss who is the better fighter, knights or samurai, because that is something impossible to prove .
I just thought it was important to mention because again, there is no other comparison video. I've seen have you ever considered this ok that's enough talk let's see what these swords can do guys so let's test these swords and see how well they cut looking at the specs online is one thing but actually wield the sword. and making a real cut of a whole different story a lot of
longswords um huh high end they don't actually come with scabbards but this one does it's not super nice or anything but it's nice that it comes with a uh it has this kind of cheap sword belt, usually any
longsword that comes with the scabbard will have a pretty bad sword belt, but you know it's great, it comes with one, not bad for the price. a bit of distal taper which is actually quite impressive, it has a genuine leather shank that is well stitched and tight. pommel but you know you're paying 350 for a battle ready sword you can't really expect too much but overall pretty good the balance is a little off on this sword the balance is here and you really want the balance to be in the last thing you know four inches off the blade for a
longsword not horrible not unusable but definitely not a refined sword by any means balance is really important when it comes to swords because even a light sword that is poorly balanced will take a hit Strange and unwieldy in hand even a heavy sword if well balanced can be wielded very fast oh it's pretty good it's a little messed up not a super clean cut but cut it let's see how little effort I can put in on it while it's still cutting it the blade is so thin it actually travels very well towards the target it's pretty good what I notice about this
longsword is that because it's This knob is one of these rounded knobs and has sharp edges that hold it that way. and when you cut you feel that vibration in your hands and it comes back to this hand, well I wouldn't want to do this for too long, it feels a little weird, I guess that's why they wear gloves,
longswords usually don't tend to. to be very sharp because they are more for pushing and they want to be able to handle it halfway and stuff like that but it's actually amazing how well it cuts for how sharp it is this is not that sharp huh not terrible at cutting uh not very well I'm sure in the footage you'll notice that when I swing the sword in slow motion the blade wobbles a bit as it's spring steel with the blade moving like that.
Having the perfect alignment of your edge will be more difficult than that. besides the fact that the handle is shorter, it doesn't allow enough leverage or as much leverage as a
katana, it's not going to work well for slashing and slashing, that's okay because long swords are designed for thrusting, but it can get the job done, which is Cool I like the sword reaches can't be underestimated having that extra y'know five inches of reach is really nice so now I have a double mat this one doesn't have a rod in the center so it's just two tatami mats.
Big boy and it's uh soaked in water which makes it so much heavier here we go man even taking practice swings this knob really digs into your hand okay here we go we had a good time it's quite a lot pretty neat not bad it's fun because with the
longsword it cuts you can see some some wa viness in the cut it goes through because the blade is made of spring steel so it wiggles and warps a little bit as you it moves towards the target it's pretty cool since the
longsword is a thrusting weapon primarily i'll try it with the thrusting it's a bit the beauty of the
longsword however because it's made of spring steel you can push the sword and it can bend and it will just reshape the reason long swords bounce to the point because you want to be able to keep the point of the sword constantly pointing at your target and be able to maneuver but it really flies through the goal the only real drawback i will say to this
longsword specifically this design is that the handle is a little short for my liking its hard to leverage and the pommel is extremely awkward especially when you swing and you have to stop your cut this thing it just digs right into your hand even with gloves on it's a little uncomfortable gloves definitely help but uh wis e wielding isn't the best but it definitely gets the job done with the extra you know four or five inches of ranges it's really nice ok so let's try ronin
katana dojo pro number 14.
It has a very nice and attractive red saya. a pretty good sword so we have a fully hardened high carbon steel blade so no hormones so no differential hardening. I will say that this sword is hands down the sharpest sword I own. Do not touch it. This is the factory sharpness. it's a scary shark it's kind of a sharpness that when you feel it it's like it doesn't want to be on the receiving end of this edge huh since it's fully hardened I imagine it will be able to hold this edge very well but very impressive ronin
katana really impressed by the sharpness the sword is quite light but it's weirdly balanced like the balance point is almost halfway down the
katana blade you want it to be this way and all the fittings on the handle are pre tty low quality i mean that you're paying 350 for a sword it feels a little heavy on the tip i wish there was a little more weight on the handle it would be better balanced if you just put a thicker blade like a full blade made of iron uh that would help alot but this thing is going to go through this target as you can see it's perfectly smooth it's just a flat plane unlike when I slash with the
longsword it still goes through the target but due to a blade flexes as it moves across your target makes it a bit jagged which would also cause more drag and could cause you to miss the target it is very stiff compared to the
longsword which also gives you allows pulling and tracking much better so im going to try to get through this target using as little force as possible im not even moving my feet so sharp jesus christ uh yeah thats a sharp sword dammit i want all my
katanas were that sharp Ok we have another double mat here there is no bar in the center so it was so easy there is zero resistance through the blade handle it is pretty thin but I didn't notice any significant vibration , yeah, easy, omg this thing is a beast. ok so obviously the
katana is going to be much better at slicing and slicing this kind ofstuff, the curved edge, the longer handle, but let's test to see how well it pushes, it definitely gets stuck in there, kinda harder to be precise with uh stabbing with a curved blade like this, so pushing with the
longsword is clearly easier, faster, you can be more precise with it, but yeah, I mean the cutting power on this is, uh, you can't underestimate it, okay, so the blade is still extremely sharp, uh, very Nice job on this hardened blade I'm impressed I'm seriously impressed this is uh not only the sharpest sword I've ever received but it will be a long time before this thing dulls I doubt you'll ever need to sharpen it this me You'd have to cut a lot to have to sharpening this sword if you are trying to find a tatami cutter you will be hard pressed to find a sword for better value 350 is not much to ask for a well made sword both swords actually exceeded my expectations for d blades The entry level are actually quite proficient slashers even with their awkward balance the
katana greatly outperformed the
longsword in terms of slashing but came nowhere near the accuracy or range of the
longswords thrusts and defensive capabilities, so let me put it in a way where you can understand that the
katana is a pure dps weapon. and while the
longsword is a more balanced weapon meant for a tank, now ask yourself if the role of one makes one party member better than the other, the answer is no, both have their place and intended purpose and some people they just gravitate towards one more than the other its like comparing a 1911 to a glock sure there are clear surface advantages over the more modern glock but what really comes down to the person wielding it is just because a glock can hold more rounds in its magazine doesn't make the 1911 obsolete and definitely doesn't mean you will beat it every time i personally gravitate more towards
katanas due to my martial arts background and growing up i was a creep a little cry makes a
katana is better than a
longsword no I'm not self centered enough to think my preference is a given and neither should you at the end of the day both swords are products of their time and culture r efined through centuries of warfare so saying one is vastly superior to the other is like a kid on a playground saying his dad could beat his dad or xbox is better than playstation its completely silly and , in general, it has its roots in childhood prejudices, so which sword is better the answer is neither these swords are polar opposites, they both have their strengths and weaknesses, these swords are so different that in a real life setting everything is confused. it would boil down to who is the better swordsman, but as you know, we don't. sword fighting anymore so it literally doesn't matter so in conclusion try to keep an open mind because not everything has to be a competition especially things that aren't relevant anymore ok?
Thanks for watching guys be nice to each other in the comments. I'll see you next time