posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 07:43 PM
Originally posted by TheLaughingGod
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Yeah, I read somewhere long ago that they would try out katanas on prisoners, and that they would discard them if they couldn't cut through x amount
Awesome video, boys will be boys..
In ye olde Japan the most notable method for testing a freshly made blade was on cadavers of executed criminals. This was officially conducted by
professional test cutters, called 'shi-to-ka', and the practice was generally termed 'tameshigiri', which has evolved into modern day Iaido practice
of test cutting straw mats.
As for discarding the blade? Well there is a case of one shi-to-ka committing hara kiri after he made a poor cut on a dead body resulting in the blade
being chipped on the cadavers spinal column, so I don't think it would be discarding the blade so much as discarding the life of the tester who messed
edit on 19-9-2012 by seabhac-rua because: (no reason given)