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A US student has killed a recidivist burglar with a samurai sword, slicing off his left hand and severely cutting his neck after he spotted the intruder in his garage, police said.
The undergraduate medical student at Baltimore's prestigious Johns Hopkins University was being questioned by police but he may not be charged if found to be acting in self-defense. Samurai swords are legal in the United States.
Originally posted by SantaClaus
I saw this on the TV, and the thing that amazed me the most was the hand....
Do you realize what kind of samurai sword you would need to cut off a human hand cleanly? 1560 carbon steel ground to an absolute razor edge. This is a serious weapon, not some fun little souvenir. Thats a $1500 blade easily.
My first question would be, is he a highly-skilled samurai swordsman? I mean, it doesn't add up on that end.
Originally posted by Miraj
[The katana is one of my favorite swords. A traditionally forged katana with it's Hamon (Wave pattern) is mesmerizing. Almost like a line of smoke shimmering of the blade. If that makes any sense.
Do you realize what kind of samurai sword you would need to cut off a human hand cleanly?
is he a highly-skilled samurai swordsman?
Originally posted by LordBucket
Yes. Any cheap, $100 trash decorative sword would do quite nicely.
He "almost" cut off someone's hand? Meaning he swung and the person raised that hand (and probably jumped back) to defend himself. A hand is not going to stop even a minimally competant sword swing. Meaning if he hadn't raised his hand, and had simply jumped back, he wouldn't have been injured at all.
Sounds to me like he was carrying it to feel safe, when he saw the guy he swung reflexively.