Cutting and thrusting compared: The Japanese Samurai Sword vs the European Longsword

This video is a hugely popular mini-documentary on the relative merits of the Japanese samurai sword, the katana, vs. the European longsword. Among the interesting scenes depicted are the comparative cutting and thrusting abilities of the two swords on a variety of targets. This includes ice, leather armor, and steel armor. Can you guess the outcome of this comparison of the two weapons?…

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  1. I have to say I don’t like this test. No disrespect to Lee Ermey, but I don’t think he has any experience with either sword. He cuts very low on both swords, on the ice he cuts just a short distance above the hilt. And why does he cut from the side with the longsword and from above with the katana?

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