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Sword Facts & Myths
- All Medieval swords weighed at least 12 pounds – FALSE
Most Medieval swords weighed around 2.5 lbs - even long hand-and-a-half and two-handed swords weighed less than 4 lbs.
- Medieval swords were not sharp - FALSE
Some surviving samples of Medieval swords are still sharp - many are razor-sharp.
- All swords should balance within 2” of the guard - FALSE
A sword’s balance should be determined by its function, not an arbitrary standard. Swords intended for cutting often balance 5 or 6 inches from the guard.
- Swords were made to cut through armour - FALSE
Period armour was often work- and case-hardened and curved such that it is difficult to hit at a right angle. Late Medieval thrusting swords, even the ones with a reinforced point, were used to thrust into the gaps in armour, not through the plate.
- Viking swords were heavier than Medieval swords - FALSE
The Viking sword was a very highly developed sword form. Often the blades were quite thin in cross section, and as a result, were often the same or lighter in overall weight than other similarsized swords.
- There is no such thing as the “perfect” sword - TRUE
There are only “perfect” swords for their intended purpose and the tastes of the owner.
- A “good” sword should be able to bend past 90 degrees without taking a set - FALSE
Flexibility is only one of the aspects of the steel properties that is important in a sword. Too flexible, and it is inefficient in the thrust and the cut. Too stiff and it is prone to breakage. Most makers are content if a sword will bend to 45 degrees without taking a set.
- Real swordfights were just like they are in the movies - FALSE
Swordfights in movies are choreographed for entertainment not authenticity. Edge to edge parries and fancy techniques are designed to heighten drama in a scene. An actual swordfight would be short, brutal and much quieter.
- Japanese swords are the sharpest and best swords ever made - FALSE
Japanese swords have many admirable qualities and were well-suited to their intended use, but they are not necessarily sharper or better than a properly designed and sharpened Medieval sword.
- Medieval swordmakers were uneducated barbarians - FALSE
It is apparent from even a cursory study of surviving Medieval swords that blademakers and cutlers were highly skilled artisans with a profound understanding of mathematics and proportion.
- Not all swords should be as sharp as a razor - TRUE
The sword’s intended purpose is always the guide to use — thrusting swords are not intended for cutting, so some may not even have an edge at all, just a well-defined and reinforced point.
- Swords were tempered in urine or blood - FALSE
The steels smelted in Medieval Europe required either clean water or oil for quenching. Urine or blood would not allow a blade to temper properly.
- The “blood groove” is on a sword to release pressure in the wound and allow the sword to come back out - FALSE
“Blood groove” as a term is a recent invention — “fuller” is the proper name for the groove or grooves on a sword blade. The purpose of the fuller has nothing to do with “blood” — fullers reduce weight, assist in the proper distribution of mass in a blade, and help make the blade more stiff.
- A good sword can cut through a concrete pillar - FALSE
Swords were intended to cut through flesh, clothing, and (in earlier swords) leather or mail armour. They are not intended to cut wood, concrete or metal pillars, even though that is often seen in films.
- A sword will fall apart if you don’t clean the tang of the sword - FALSE
The tang of a sword, if properly made and the rest of the sword properly maintained, will not require any maintenance for generations of use.
- Japanese folded steel is superior to European sword steel - FALSE
Folding steel was a technique used by Japanese smiths to try to get the best steel they could from very poor ore sources. Folded steel blades are more likely than modern monosteels to have large, unseen inclusions of impurities that may in fact critically weaken a blade. By folding the steel billet many, many times, they achieved a more even distribution of carbon and worked most of the impurities out of the steel. The result is stunningly beautiful, but we have to believe that if a 16th C Japanese smith had access to modern monosteels, he would have switched in a heartbeat.
- Pattern-welded steel is superior to mono-steel - FALSE
Like folding steel, pattern-welding was a technique used to try to get the best steel from very poor ore sources. Pattern-welding is the art of hammering together, and then twisting and re-hammering layers of iron (often of varying carbon content). The Celts as far back as the 5th century BC may have made swords by pattern-welding, and this technique was used extensively until at least the end of the 10th century. After this, better, more consistent iron ore was obtainable, and furnace technology improved, making this laborious technique unnecessary. Also like folded steel blades, pattern welded blades are more likely than modern monosteels to have large, unseen inclusions of impurities that may in fact critically weaken a blade.
- Swords are just big knives - FALSE
The design of a sword is far more complex than a knife. Flexibility balance and vibration are far more critical in a sword-length blade than in a knife-length blade.
Info source: © 2005 Albion Armorers, Inc.Photo source: © Royal Armouries
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I recognize that the council has made a decision. But given that it’s a stupid ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS.
It has come to my attention that pretty much no one understands what a fucking amazing, badass show Princess Tutu is. What, you think just because it’s got a girly-ass name and a ballerina fighting for true love it can’t be fucking awesome?
Oh you are not prepared.
Imma give you a list of reasons why this show is amazing, starting with this video.
Watch it and may your life be forever changed.
I think at this point pretty much everyone has seen this video, but reblogging it just in case. It never gets old.
Forever reblogging this video.
I dare anyone to find a more perfectly executed, series encompassing AMV than this one.
Goddamn I love this AMV.
I still watch this video every goddamned time I see it and it is still the best amv I’ve ever seen.
The amv that brought in a thousand fans. This video is what got me watching Princess Tutu in the first place. I even had this song put into my dance mix for my Debut’s Cotillion.
There are only two things I really, REALLY like about my physical body: the irises of my eyes and my hair.
My eyes are brown and my hair is black-brown. Plain, right? Pft! Yeah right.
When I was very young I spent many afternoons with my face pressed to the mirrors situated near windows. I would stare at how the sunlight streaming through the windows would hit my irises, completely mesmerized at the way what appeared black in the shadows would glow a brilliant amber in the right light.
My hair? I would sometimes see the curtain of my hair blaze red when under direct sunlight, a crescent of crimson in the mirror. Sometimes I thought that if I ran my fingers through my bright strands of hair that I would stain my hands red. Yeah … I was pretty young.
Even now, there are times I’ll catch a glimpse of my eyes or hair in the mirror while in a well lit room or on a particularly sunny day and I’ll think “Wow. That’s amazing, beautiful.”
I admit, I do have a bit of a dimmer switch for a lot of the “middling” fandoms, but my big ones? TOO CLOSE.
An actual representation of someone entering a fandom.
- that moment when one of your friends starts reading/watching something you’re obsessed with
- and you turn into a total freak
- WHERE ARE YOU AT
- WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE
- DO YOU SHIP MY OTP
- DO YOU HATE CHARACTER X HE/SHE/IT IS A BITCH
- WHAT PART ARE YOU AT NOW
- DO YOU LOVE MY BABY
- TELL ME ALL YOUR THOUGHTS
I’m looking at you, person in the mirror. Just fucking stop worrying and work self <O> <O>
A Sailor Moon: Chibiusa’s Picture Diary public service announcement on cavities.
do you sometimes just start reading fanfiction and you’re like
Often I don’t even make it past the summary, honestly. -_-
The worst is when I see one of those REALLY HORRIBLE summaries and I still get the urge to click on it. Maybe it won’t really be that horrible—? (SPOILER: It always is that horrible.)
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when children’s shows are feminist.
An official strip from the sailor moon manga. Author’s comments u v u”
Naoko, you kill everyone all the time tho.
(Imagine if she’d written Sailor Moon today, when dark shoujo anime is a lot more common. I bet it would be a giant gore-fest. It would be the Saw movies with sparkles and magic.)
You’re not a true fan of Sailor Moon if you don’t wish everyone died at the end.
This is why we love Naoko-sensei and Sailor Moon so much.
And it’s true. Everyone needs to die in the end not only because we’re all a bit sadistic, but because how else is Sailor Cosmos suppose to be all alone when she dukes it out with Sailor Chaos?