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5th Jun '16 12:51:54 AM justanid
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See the UsefulNotes page on {{UsefulNotes/Swords}} for more about, well, swords.

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See the UsefulNotes UsefulNotes.{{Swords}} page on {{UsefulNotes/Swords}} for more about, well, swords.
2nd Jun '16 7:08:05 AM AnotherDuck
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12th May '16 11:39:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".

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* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} UsefulNotes/{{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".
25th Jan '16 5:36:37 AM WolfKami
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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.one (resembles more of spadroons, without the crossguard).
25th Jan '16 5:30:31 AM WolfKami
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* ''Tsurugi'' (剣): The oldest type of Japanese sword, this was essentially a copy of the Chinese ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jian jian]]''. Straight-bladed and double-edged, it did not resemble a katana at all.

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* ''Tsurugi'' (剣): The oldest type of Japanese sword, this was essentially a copy of the Chinese ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jian jian]]''. Straight-bladed and double-edged, it did not resemble resembles more of a katana at all. European longsword than a katana.
14th Dec '15 7:21:55 PM Coincleaner
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* ''Ō-dachi'' (大太刀‎)‎ and ''Nodachi'' (野太刀): Big honking swords larger than the norm. These swords were often so large that wielders had to wear them on their backs. ([[Film/SevenSamurai Kikuchiyo]] and [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] were known to have wielded one.) They fell out of use with the field armies after proving themselves to be [[AwesomeButImpractical very expensive, uncomfortably heavy, and really difficult to make]].

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* ''Ō-dachi'' (大太刀‎)‎ and ''Nodachi'' (野太刀): Big honking swords larger than the norm. These swords were often so large that wielders had to wear them on their backs. ([[Film/SevenSamurai Kikuchiyo]] and [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] were known to have wielded one.) They fell out of use with the field armies after proving themselves to be [[AwesomeButImpractical very expensive, uncomfortably heavy, and really difficult to make]].



* ''Bokken'' (木剣), or rather ''bokutō'': A wooden sword used for training. It is typically modeled on the ''katana'' but can also be based on other swords, such as the ''wakizashi'' or the ''tantō''. With the right training, it too was [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter a deadly weapon]] (the legendary Miyamoto Musashi won his most famous duel with a bokken) and popular for ninja - after all, it's much easier (and cheaper!) to sneak a piece of wood around than sharp metal. A ''bokken'' is often designed to match the length and balance of the real sword, but to be heavier. The added weight helps build up muscle tone in the arms while training. Modern martial artists often use bokken made of even denser wood than was available to real samurai. ''Bokken'' is erroneous reading for the kanji; the correct reading is ''bokutō'' as the kanji 剣 is read ''tō'' at the end of words.
* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".

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* ''Bokken'' (木剣), or rather ''bokutō'': A wooden sword used for training. It is typically modeled on the ''katana'' but can also be based on other swords, such as the ''wakizashi'' or the ''tantō''. With the right training, it too was [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter a deadly weapon]] (the legendary Miyamoto Musashi won his most famous duel with a bokken) and popular for ninja - after all, it's much easier (and cheaper!) to sneak a piece of wood around than sharp metal.bokken). A ''bokken'' is often designed to match the length and balance of the real sword, but to be heavier. The added weight helps build up muscle tone in the arms while training. Modern martial artists often use bokken made of even denser wood than was available to real samurai. ''Bokken'' is erroneous reading for the kanji; Han characters; the correct reading is ''bokutō'' as the kanji character 剣 is read ''tō'' at the end of words.
* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".
22nd Oct '15 8:55:37 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokut ō]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokut ō]]'' ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.
22nd Oct '15 8:55:16 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokutō]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokutō]]'' Chokut ō]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.
22nd Oct '15 8:55:02 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokuto]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokuto]]'' Chokutō]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.
20th Oct '15 2:34:46 AM Shadeblade11
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokuto]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (太刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokut%C5%8D Chokuto]]'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (太刀), (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.
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