Thank you for the thought and explanation of your design philosophy.
I have not contemplated design and use of the sword with this in mind and have to give it some thought before commenting further.
Regardless, as I said in another thread, I wish I could handle your work for feel.
Tachi before katana, but yes, indeed. The poor, beautiful cavalry “saber’ - tachi - gets no love in the states.
All in all, the development of nihonto is an endlessly fascinating subject, and a very deep rabbit hole, as you obviously know quite well!
I like your work and wish I could feel...
Great reference. Thank you. Yes, a little known ancient pattern. Now I see some similarity. There was a very old straight single edged as well. Ring pommels, too. All “pre-tachi,” if you will.
Ok. Polished black G-10 with a poppin’ thin blue skeletonized liner. I am ok with some texture on this one, but my recollection of my old PIG was that it was not necessary in this design.
Bringing back the old lock is great, Sal. Makes sense and it works as well as honoring the OG model.
Ok, I get it, and glad you don’t seem to have taken offense as none was intended. I appreciate the spirit of the discussion.
And yes, staff - whether a jo, bo, or traditional European quarter staff (I prefer weapons grade hickory for all) is very much what I was thinking. I don’t know what...
I respect your point. That said,
I think the OP’s hypothetical was ammo ran out. If I recall correctly. Should/when that occurs, I disagree. War can well be melee. Or man on man. A “few” historical examples. I think it good to be well equipped and trained for about anything. Fun and satisfying...
Sorry, I got the impression from some of your replies that this was semi-serious, and naturally the clone type hypo is not. Cannot/never happen/s.
My bad. All meant in good spirit.
BTW, you might be surprised how effective a stick is against a sword. Even with “clones.” Just sayin’.
Blue Micarta (or G-10) works, but black G-10 or Micarta - either with a nice “thin blue line(er)” is way cool.
Not sure much (any?) texturing is needed due to the overall profile. If some, though, then light.
Chamfered edges on the handle, please.
Original style lock would be best, but a...
I love leather. But I do take a good blade into very wet canyons wherein I swim and wade all day, often day after day. > Gotta be a Good Kydex sheath for this. Period end of story.
Most dry applications, I “prefer” leather but have found that a well made Kydex can work quite well, too. See...
Ken means “sword” in Japanese. does not look like a katana, wakizashi, or tanto (yes, a sword in Japanese sword nomenclature), or an older style than those.
Looks much more like a Chinese jian if talking oriental roots. But I am no expert there.
Frankly, it is the user and his/her training and ability that is going to generally establish the hypothetical winner more than the melee weapon of choice.
Some of these comments have some possible merit given scenarios wherein both combatants have zero or little good training, which of...
Black linen Micarta is darn black, too, and both more interesting and stronger than paper, IMHO. That said, much like paper, it has not been seen here in ages.
I would go with the G-10 unless you prefer the grip of Micarta, which as stated can be died dark black.
Also, a good occasional soak...
More than deserved, Amy! The quality knife and quality sheath combo is a huge bargain, too! And would be at a higher price as well (not that I am suggesting a price increase ;)).
BTW, if you made another Cobra in similar (if not same) handle materials (or likely any of your choice), it would...