4047Re: [SCA-JML] sword question for SCA events
- Apr 4, 2001I had HEARD a story (note: not read) of a samurai in japan who became so
good with a sword he felt it was unfair to use a metal blade in combat, and
made a wooden sword which he sharpened (using a burn-hardening technique)
He supposedly never lost a battle with his wooden sword(s?).
But kept his metal one on him when he met with someone he considered of
equal/close skill in combat.
Anyone know if this is just a myth or?
----- Original Message -----
From: J. Badgley <fsjlb4@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-JML] sword question for SCA events
> On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Anthony J. Bryant wrote:
> > This is one reason I keep planning to make a gitou (a fake sword) with
> > fittings for court wear, that has no real blade.
> So, how would that work? A handle attached to a scabbard? Or would there
> be a wooden blade.
> BTW, for whoever was asking about wooden blades: I saw something claiming
> that wooden blades had been in use since about the time swords came to
> Japan. Bokken or Bokutou have been training tools for a long time; the
> concept of a shinai didn't come around until much later and then it was a
> leather bag covering bamboo cut into 16-32 strips. IIRC, it's
> introduction was to allow the practitioners to actually make combat at
> something resembling full force, rather than pulling the blows as they had
> to learn to do with the bokutou.
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