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Tango0127 Dec 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

…Japanese Samurai?

"From time to time it is interesting to ponder the outcome of an encounter between two of history's most formidable and highly skilled warriors: the Medieval European knight and the feudal Japanese samurai. The thought of "who would win" in an actual fight between these martial experts of such dissimilar methods is intriguing. Who would emerge victorious or who was historically the better fighter is a question occasionally raised, but it is really a moot question. In the case of comparing a knight to a samurai, each warrior used armor, weapons, and methods oriented towards the particular opponents of their day and age. Therefore, neither can be looked upon as being universally more effective under all conditions against all manner of opponents. In one sense, it is like asking who are better soldiers, jungle fighters or ski troops? It depends upon the situation and the environment. Still, it's an interesting encounter to consider. Having some small experience in the methods and weaponry of each, as well as a few cross-training opportunities, I offer my humble thoughts on the matter…"
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Rabelais27 Dec 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

"As our hypothetical fight ensued, any number of things might happen."

He could've just left it at that.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 2:46 p.m. PST

Good reading anyway…

Lion in the Stars27 Dec 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

The European knight has a huge advantage in his armor. Japanese armor is really more to stop arrows than sword blows (though it will stop slashes quite well), and the katana is not meant to strike steel edge-on.

Things get a bit worse once you're talking out of armor in the 1600s, when most of the Europeans have transitioned to rapiers. The samurai would have to either surprise the European with his blade still sheathed, or fight almost as if the rapier was a spear.

Tango0128 Dec 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


Agree with you Lion…

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Armand

Capt Flash30 Jan 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

He summed it up quite clearly with this sentence:
"In the case of comparing a knight to a samurai, each warrior used armor, weapons, and methods oriented towards the particular opponents of their day and age. Therefore, neither can be looked upon as being universally more effective under all conditions against all manner of opponents."

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