Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tameshigiri: Naginata

The Japanese knew how to make an edged weapon. This is a naginata in action against rolled bamboo mats, a practice known as Tameshigiri.

You've probably seen something similar with the familiar katana, or samurai sword. The Naginata was a polearm that essentially mated the cutting edge of the samurai sword with the leverage of a spear.

Traditional tales speak of warriors whirling the naginata around their bodies like windmills, sweeping flights of arrows out of the air with a swipe, and even beheading charging horses with one well-timed cut.

True? Maybe. The cutting potential of such a weapon is obvious. I'm not entirely sure I'd recommend a naginata as a zombie defense tool for the uninitiated, but it's worth looking into.

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