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14th Dec '17 8:06:43 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* It should be noted among sword enthusiasts the katana is a major BaseBreaker. There are those who indeed view it as the best sword ever made but also those who view it as a rather average or inferior the European swords of the same time frame. This is largely because the Katana is made from rather poor iron (because there was nothing else to work with) and the intensive folding process and curve are made to counter-act this. Even cheap European swords were forged from much better iron and could conceivably be stronger than the best katana but there really isn't any historical data to support either side. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that]].
13th Dec '17 8:55:41 PM Caps-luna
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[[/folder]]* It should be noted among sword enthusiasts the katana is a major BaseBreaker. There are those who indeed view it as the best sword ever made but also those who view it as a rather average or inferior the European swords of the same time frame. This is largely because the Katana is made from rather poor iron (because there was nothing else to work with) and the intensive folding process and curve are made to counter-act this. Even cheap European swords were forged from much better iron and could conceivably be stronger than the best katana but there really isn't any historical data to support either side. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that]].
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20th Nov '17 8:34:18 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]].

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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last late 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]].
9th Nov '17 2:10:39 AM taraadevlin
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* Katanas are the weapon of choice for the samurai in ''Literature/TaleOfYashima''
3rd Nov '17 7:07:53 PM DustSnitch
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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': [[TheHero Ayato Amagiri]] wields the Ser-Veresta, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] LaserBlade previously used by his sister. Its base form is a broadsword, but takes the shape of a katana when it unleashes its full power. Curiously, this happens when Ayato and [[BadassPrincess Julis Riessfeld]] [[ShipperOnDeck touch it at the same time]].

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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': [[TheHero Ayato Amagiri]] wields the Ser-Veresta, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] LaserBlade previously used by his sister. Its base form is a broadsword, but takes the shape of a katana when it unleashes its full power. Curiously, this happens when Ayato and [[BadassPrincess Julis Riessfeld]] Riessfeld [[ShipperOnDeck touch it at the same time]].
30th Oct '17 6:41:29 AM skotavatar
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* The vigilante in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'' has a katana in their vast arsenal of weapons. It gets used in the climactic end battle against two of the most dangerous foes yet faced.
19th Oct '17 11:05:09 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': In ''Talon Of The Silver Hawk'', Tal goes up against an assassin armed with a katana in a fencing tournament. His footman comments that badly made katana are useless against armor, and well made ones so expensive very few people can afford one, but they're wicked when it comes to cutting flesh.

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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': In ''Talon Of The Silver Hawk'', Tal goes up against an assassin armed with a katana in a fencing tournament. His footman comments that badly made katana are useless against armor, and well made ones so expensive very few people can afford one, but they're wicked when it comes to cutting flesh. It's a sign that his opponent is out to actually kill him and Tal only manages to win thanks to DualWielding a dirk with his sword.
22nd Sep '17 7:56:30 PM TheBigBopper
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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any other sword (see the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for more information), but in fiction any realistic tradeoffs or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is primarily designed to cut well, this property will be exaggerated to depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.

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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, disadvantages just like any other sword (see the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for more information), but in fiction any realistic tradeoffs or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is primarily designed to cut well, this property will be exaggerated to depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.
22nd Sep '17 7:55:00 PM TheBigBopper
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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any sword (see Analysis page for details), but all of those realistic tradeoffs and even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, this property is exaggerated to make it an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.

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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any other sword (see Analysis page the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for details), more information), but all of those in fiction any realistic tradeoffs and or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, primarily designed to cut well, this property is will be exaggerated to make depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt.katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.
19th Sep '17 8:15:00 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the Blades.

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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the Blades.[[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]].
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