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  • #2
    That is a fascinating video. Thank you for sharing.
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    • #3
      That was very interesting.

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      • #4
        Trivia information: Chinese swords were more flexible than those of Japan, based on a different fighting style emphasizing deflection rather than confrontation, and were rated by the number of stacked gold coins they could cut through with a single blow.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          Trivia information: Chinese swords were more flexible than those of Japan, based on a different fighting style emphasizing deflection rather than confrontation, and were rated by the number of stacked gold coins they could cut through with a single blow.
          could you send me the link where you got this info?

          Its intrigues me because i thought the swords would be about the same. my understanding is that antique chinese swords are folded and have hard steel inserted exactly the japanese swords, they did not use clay during the quenching process because the chinese had access to superior steel. in fact, the japanese obtained the skills to make swords from the chinese. sadly by the time the japanese perfected their sword making technology the chinese had lost theirs. the dynasty at the time (can't remember which) had decided to eradicate it for fear of rebellion.

          Here's and forum link to a conversation about the qualities of chinese swords. Rodell is an martial artist and antique chinese sword dealer/trader.

          http://forums.swordforum.com/showthr...haracteristics

          if you want to check out rodell his website is

          http://www.grtc.org/

          and here's his site he's sell the antique swords from.

          http://www.sevenstarstrading.com

          the last link had a video of him cutting with his chinese swords.

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          • #6
            I got it from a reference book of mine about Shaolin Short Swords, which I studied for a while.

            I have both a katana and a short sword, and the difference in both length, balance and flexibility is quite noticable. The fighting styles are quite different, too. As I mentioned, the basis of the Short Sword style is deflection and counter-thrust, rather than the more agressive direct strike-oriented Japanese style.

            The Short Sword style always presents the side of the blade to the approaching enemy blade, bends and deflects it, protecting the edge and providing the opening for the counter move.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Where did you get your short sword from? I just bought a "historically accurate" reproduction jian. I practice mantis kung fu and western fencing so i'm quite familiar with the use of the sword in combat. i had never heard that swords were tested on coins before. here's some trivia in ancient china coins were stamped in the shape of swords.

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              • #8
                I hope you're not talking about those flappy wushu swords...those are similar to flimsy movie props - mostly used for acrobatics-martial arts and were not meant for any sort of actual combat.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Intranetusa View Post
                  I hope you're not talking about those flappy wushu swords...those are similar to flimsy movie props - mostly used for acrobatics-martial arts and were not meant for any sort of actual combat.
                  not sure who you're talking too. no limp wushu swords for me. see above, links.

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