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2/16/05 9:02 PM
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bretbjj
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I'm sure there has been 8 billion threads about the movie The Last Samurai, but I have a question that relates to the use of the swords in a couple of scenes from the movie. In a couple of scenes the actors are shown throwing their swords. Is it physicaly possible to throw a katan like a spear as they did in the movie. It seems that the shape of the sword wouldn't lend it self to being thrown. thanks in advance.
2/17/05 12:49 PM
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Ogami Itto
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Edited: 17-Feb-05
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I believe it was but it was probably not preferred. It may have been a technique utilized more by some schools of swordsmanship than others. The swordwork in that movie was okay, but still movie swordwork.
2/17/05 6:23 PM
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Einar
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I think there are medieval european swordsmanship manuals like Fiore, where the throwing of the sword is described as a technique. That may not be relevant though, since a longsword is more symmetrical than a kat, and may be better for throwing. Anyway, i think throwing your sword away would be a pretty desperate move.
2/19/05 10:34 AM
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Dark Knight
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When you throw it you become defenseless. I cannot imagine it would be smart on a battlefield where others will have weapons and you do not. Or if it doesnt work, they still have one, and possibly yours.

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