And this is what happens when a masterfully crafted katana collides with a masterfully crafted longsword.
Suck it, katana
And that is what happens when a masterfully crafted scalpel collides with a masterfully crafted guillotine.
Does nobody understand that longswords and katanas are two different kinds of tool?Longswords are essentially sharpened fucksticks designed to destroy the shit out of anything resembling armor that comes their way. They shatter bone, jelly flesh, and essentially fuck people up by sheer inexorable force of being a goddamn sharp steel bar.
Katanas don’t do that.They’re not meant to withstand collision with armor or a brick wall or a charging fully outfitted warhorsebecause the circumstances of its development didn’t call for that. It’s a precision instrument. It’s designed to be lightweight, outmaneuver, and find weak spots, not go barreling into people hack-n-slashing your way to victory. It’s a specialized tool.
In a sense this reflects a core difference between cultures; katanas are a shitton of work and preparation to make the execution as efficient and streamlined as possible, while longswords are more durably and simply made in response to a climate that would require a soldier to be a one-man battering ram in battle.
It’s not a cultural difference, katanas take more effort because Japanese iron ore is extremely poor. The cleanliness of your ore decides how much work you need to put into it. Given some Toledo ore, one could put in a fraction of the effort that one would put into a katana, and get a far superior blade.
And a longsword is superior to a katana in every way imaginable. A longsword is as light, or lighter than a katana, since most were designed to be wielded one-handed. Most critically, it’s stronger in any loading case.
It’s a mechanical difference. Japanese steel was multi-staged, with hard sections (usually the edge) and soft sections (usually the spine). In materials science, we call this heterogeneous steel.
European steel was homogeneous (especially in the era of the katana, the two swords above are actually separated by about 300 years, the katana being the younger), as in, there was only one type of steel present.
HOMOGENEOUS STEEL IS SUPERIOR TO HETEROGENEOUS STEEL. There are no exceptions! You simply get the weaknesses of each steel, without blending any of the strengths.
The only reason Japanese swords developed this way was due to their isolation - had they actually had meaningful contact with people using proper steel, they would have most certainly abandoned their multi-stage steel, much like the Vikings did when they encountered English steel.