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Hey all,

This may have been covered here before, but would a Samurai Sword be a good weapon / tool to take along with your bug out gear. Not the long Katana, but the Wakizashi sword, is usually 27" - 30" long.....Battle ready, full tang, razorsharp! This would snap neatly along side my BOB. I would ditch the machette, I was planning to bring. I'm leaving the Katana behind, it's just too long to mess with, especially if your are on foot carrying a rifle.
 

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The sword would be a good battle weapon for the hand to hand combat. But what are the chances of the other guy not having a gun. Still if you had it on your back it would be a good weapon to dispatch an enemy quietly. If his head is cut off he can't scream. The down side is they make a loud gurgling sound and the head goes thump as it hits the ground. This is not a good weapon for chopping or prying digging or splitting anything other than flesh that is. Still the Samuri Sword is an elegant weapon with much respect.
 

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TBH I'd stick with the machete myself it's more versatile, even with a realdeal wakizashi I'd see little use for it OTHER than a weapon, because although it may be able to withstand some punishment and abuse thats not what it's designed for.

If it's not an authentic sword and it's just a mallninja display copy................... GL :thumb:
 

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are u sure its battle ready most samurai swords are stainless steel and is NOT battle ready? like in an earlier post your going to pay $400 ++ for a true battle ready sword.i would reather have a machete. but to each his own. i just dont ever see society ever reverting back to middle ages unless it is a major earth changeing event and then it would be years before all the ammo ran out. many ppl have enough ammo to last them a life time if they arent at war.
 

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I would leave it at home and carry the machette.
In the real world a katana and clones is no good .. to be honest it looks good and even Highlander carried one but hell what real use are they other than for the wall.
You tube is full of brave people swinging them and martial art dojos train with them.. for when TSHTF not for me.
 

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The sword is much revered, with martial arts weapons background. I would have brought it for sentimental reasons, for it belonged to my brother, who is now gone. He was the weapons expert, 2nd degree blk belt, studying Kendo and Nunchaku. When we were younger we used to beat each other up! :thumb:
 

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i have a "ninja" sword. like a katana but no curve to the blade. i payed $80 plus shipping. and it is a real sword. its razor sharp, HIGH CARBON STEEL, full tang. much heavier than the wall models i had as a kid. its all black too. i think if you can come up with a convient way to carry it it would be handy as heck as a weapon. it would be intimidating as hell to a lesser equipped person. you can carry a 12" machete for utility work. i dont think a sword is gonna be everyone's cup of tea, but i wouldnt call someone carrying one stupid either.
 

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As far as the weapon issue goes, consider this, a katana is obvious a machete has utility usage and pure rugged ability.

In addition, I think that the machete has killed far more people than the katana has what with the century of warfare and genocide it has been used in. For your average tribal warrior doesnt have thousands of rounds to murder entire villages, but if he can still swing his arm, he can still end a life.
 

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I got two questions. First of all: Does anybody know where you should go if you want to learn how to use a katana?

And does anybody know if those cold steel katanas are good?

http://www.coldsteel.com/dragonfly.html
http://www.coldsteel.com/88kwarser.html
http://www.coldsteel.com/japaneseswords.html

Cold steel claims they are battle ready.
the closest thing i know is this but its not so much a katana but you will learn how to use a sword proficiently

http://www.sca.org/
 

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I have thoght along thises lines as well, so I feel waht is being said here. My solution to the need for a not only a brush chopper came from cold steel as well......... http://www.trueswords.com/cold-stee....html?osCsid=1a5c5df28b39e303991f71d12e86478a

The copis machette will serve you well, although as a chopper the full length latin machette has done me much better.

This is a good dual role blade from the perspective here.....If you don't think it's scary, you haven't seen it in real life:eek::eek:
 

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Wally Hayes makes a very nice Combat Ready Waki



Much better than anything Cold Steel would make but also cost a lot more. Cold Steel has some decent stuff and it will be usable. Might want to check out http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/ as they have some really good articles and tests of blades. There are other companies that make good swords, so read up.

Learning how to use them is a bit harder. I would suggest you find a Kenjutsu or Batto Ryu Sensei in your area. There are videos that you could get, but use this as your last resort as a video cannot tell you where you are messing up and help you to correct it. Also get a boken, a wooden practice sword to practice with. Once you have the moves down comfortably you can move to a real blade, but I warn you they can cut you as easily as they cut your enemy. I have trained with a Katana in a version of Toyama Ryu and Itto Ryu for the past 35 years and I enjoy it because it helps me to center my thoughts and focus on my important areas.
 
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