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Katana Mythbusting Extreme

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In this video, weapons enthusiast Jörg breaks some myths about the classic samurai weapon – the katana. Jörg uses a recently purchased Boeker Magnum Akito katana for his myth busting experiments.

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The Boeker Magnum Akito katana is forged from 1045 carbon steel and clay hardened with Hamon Line. It has a length of 102 cm, a weight of 1,120 grams, and a blade thickness of 7.6 mm. For the cutting tests, Jörg uses rolled up tatami omote mats.

The first myth is: “Only trained swordsmen can cut the tatami omote”. According to the myth, a person needs at least six months of training before being capable of cutting the rolled mats. Jörg notes that he has zero sword training, but is a fairly strong guy in his 50s. He uses the katana and is able to slice through the tatami omote successfully, busting myth #1.

The second myth is “Only a katana can cut through the tatami omote”. Jörg then presents a flat steel piece that he thinks can cut through the tatami mats with a bit of sharpening. He uses power tools to sharpen the blade and a basic handle. He first tests the steel by hacking a dead tree. He moves on to use the blade (which he names “Homemade Ork Sword”) on the tatami.

On his first try, Jörg was only able to cut the tatami mat half-way. Jörg tried one more time, and got the same result. He then concedes that the katana wins, and the myth #2 is confirmed.

The final myth is “A katana will cut through conventional steel swords”. Jörg theorizes that because the katana is hardened steel and his Homemade Ork Sword is soft steel, the katana will be able to cut the steel sword a little bit, but not cut all the way through. He also adds that the katana could break, because hardened steel is brittle.

He then moves on to test the final myth. The Homemade Ork Sword was indeed damaged by the katana, but Jörg states that the damage to the sword would not made such a huge impact in battle. The katana was also mildly damaged upon impact, leaving myth #3 busted.

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