3457 Shares

What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ?

What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ? Topic: What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ?
June 16, 2019 / By Bessie
Question: I think a katana is more faster and sharper than the swords knights used to use. Is there any advantage ?
Best Answer

Best Answers: What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ?

Afrikah Afrikah | 6 days ago
Nothing, ay they are a bit faster than the medieval sword, but the medieval sword is a-lot tougher than the katana and can take a-lot more abuse. "They are a-lot sharper"... so. Sharpness when it comes to medieval swords don't matter as much. Ay, they matter, just not that much. You fail to understand their uses and context in battle. Why they were made the way they are, how they were handled etc. They were made the way they were to function on the battlefield. Simple as that. Of course there have been all sorts of "tests" and videos on youtube for the katana fanboy or the medieval sword fanboy. Some videos are blatantly wrong and others are very biased. I have had 10 yrs of training with the Katana through the bujinkan, the AKBAN, and kenjutsu. It is a beautiful sword art. The katana is a good sword. I have been practicing Medieval and Rennaisance swordsmanship for 5 yrs through HEMA and ARMA. I own a real tamaghane katana and they are made vastly different than the medieval sword. I own a 15th Century Hand and a Half sword by Darksword Armoury and it's differently made than the katana. They all have their drawbacks and perks. The hand and a half/longsword or medieval arming sword actually has more technique one can do with it. It's actually an extremely versatile weapon. And it's a brutal weapon. They weren't sharpened to a fine edge bc they were in constant contact with steel from other swords, shields, armor, etc. A fine edge would quickly nick and dull the blade. Like taking a hammer to a razor blade. The razor won't last. But they were "sharp" in their own right. There are many historic texts and pictures depicting a sword splitting through an enemy's helm into the skull. It surely did it's job on the battlefield. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnkVlK3BFLw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YZDb98Mqnk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4plBF80UBo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gN7gNVU48M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBGB8ngvggs http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCc9JpJAFKj-HbMn5wcNV3w http://www.thearma.org/essays/longsword-and-katana.html#.VDqiw7Rr9SU http://imgur.com/gallery/XNiCN2S There is no legit advantage. A sword is a tool to kill. Both did that effectively. The katana may be a bit faster than the medieval sword, but the medieval sword was more versatile and could pierce plate armor. The medieval sword was stronger than the katana. Lol, in fact the "best metallurgy" sword was the Viking Ulfberht which used metallurgy so ahead of it's time scientists have just begun to understand it.
👍 280 | 👎 6
Did you like the answer? What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ? Share with your friends
Afrikah Originally Answered: What are some differences and similarities between the medieval knight and the samurai?
Similarities. Both were a warrior class, who swore loyalty to their feudal lords, and who in turn were rewarded with land and money by those they served. Both enjoyed special privileges in their societies, and place high value on ancestry. At the same time, it was possible for people to "break into" the Knightly/Samurai class for much of both Europe and Japan's feudal eras. Both started out as primarily cavalrymen, though the Samurai increasingly moved towards fighting on foot. Both societies developed elaborate codes of conduct, which was rarely achieved by either group, at least not during turbulent times of war. Some differences. Knights considered acceptable to surrender to a foe who had defeated them, and in fact this was a source of income for many knights. A captured nobleman or knight could normally expect to be freed upon payment of a ransom. The Samurai developed a code of "death before surrender", which was one of the reasons for the idea of spoke holding such an important place in their history. Knights spurned the use of missile weapons, while the Samurai considered archery a specifically Samurai weapon. While religion played a significant part in Japanese and Samurai history, it didn't hold the importance religion did in Europe at the time. In fact, there were many Buddhist monastaries filled with warrior monks who were technically not samurai, but certainly as well trained and equipped as that class. While in Europe kingdoms coalesced out of the tribes that controlled areas of the continant, in Japan the move was for the unification of Japan under the leadership of a single ruler. This played into opportunities for samurai to advance in society. Also, while both knights and samurai idealized the idea of a socially graceful, literate, and witty knight/samurai, that was the exception rather than the norm. But literacy was more probable in the samurai than his European counterpart of the time. Just a few points anyways.

Tiarnach Tiarnach
The qualaity of steel in a katana was not as good as that in the best European swords,which had to deal with vastly superior plate armour - and were thus sharper. A knight on foot would beat a Samurai on foot in one-to-one combat every time,as the Katana would not be able to pierce his armour.
👍 120 | 👎 -1

Radclyffe Radclyffe
There's a lot of myths that follow the Japanese swords. It is true that they were very sharp. The form followed function. Since they did not wear the same armor as the European Knights whose swords were designed to penetrate that armor. As far as the steel goes, the steel used in the Japanese blades was superior to the run of the mill "steeled" blades of the European blades. However the Scandinavian blades were as complex in construction and as fine a sword that was produced in that time period. Then you have the Damascus blades that were coming out of Northern India/Southern Pakistan during the Crusades which developed a mythology of there own.
👍 115 | 👎 -8

March March
From my understanding, it wasn't better, in fact the iron used was weaker, so as a result more emphasis was put on technique rather than brute force.
👍 110 | 👎 -15

March Originally Answered: Can somebody give me a summary of the role of the Church in medieval Europe?
The catholic church was the largest unifying structure in medieval Europe. It influenced everyones life no matter what rank and class, or where they lived. Europe was 95% Christian during the middle or dark ages from the richest of kings to the poorest of serfs. It changed a life. The child would be baptized and now it was part of the church. It would grow around the church being taught basic prayers and would learn from the church about the church. So the church was the sole education in the MA. Everyone war required to live by their laws, because they were the supreme rulers, and people needed a place to look for hope in the MA. The church made people pay heavy taxes, and you could buy indulgences where a priest would tell god you were being good. Thus you would leave you poor life on earth and go to a good life in heaven and not hell. They were shown the way to everlasting happiness after they were dead. On top of taxes the church would say if you give them gifts you will have a better chance of going to heaven. So people would give land, flocks, crops, and even people to the church. This is why the church controlled most of the land through the MA and renaissance. With this land power and money the church could control kings and thus control countries. The pope had great influence over kings and people. Anyone who went against the church the pope had the power to excommunicate. Which meant that the person could not attend church services or sacraments, and once they die they were shunned to hell. This was especially important because everyone believed in heaven and hell, thus no1 wanted the punishment of going to hell. So very few went against the church. The church also had a positive side. Parish churches were in the center of towns and the told stories to the villagers who couldn't read about jesus and the disciples. It served as a place for social gatherings such as baptisms and weddings and burials. The church gave people the hope of god. If something went wrong the went to god to look for advice and guidance. And in a time when there was no1 to turn to it was nice for people to have god. During this time especially in feudal societies there were no days of until religion. now the master would give serfs holy days off in which they would not work and praise god instead. NOW, Feudalism. Basically a hierarchy structure where the king broke down his land and gave it to lords to rule over and ultimately report back to him. then the lords would break it down and vassals would rule the lords land an in turn the kings land. Read wiki for more clear details. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feudalism

If you have your own answer to the question What is the advantage of samurai sword over the swords used in medieval Europe ?, then you can write your own version, using the form below for an extended answer.