As with all of the items on this list, there are a few specific kinds of sword enthusiasts. The first and best of these are those who think that swords are awesome, because they are. Most of us are actually in that category, so high five. The worst of these are those who swing blindly in the direction of anyone who might dishonor their holy weapon of choice. Unable to act like the ancient warriors that they revere, they're forced to use more modern tactics. And by that, I mean they call people "retard" in YouTube comments.
Just like the samurai used to do.
A lot of katana enthusiasts can be found in that second category. They're dedicated to a weapon several centuries out of date, but using Google alerts to check for attacks every five milliseconds. At which point they prove that their blades are useless in the 21st Century by trying to defend them at long range.
"Tawagoto o hanashite ita kikimashita!"
YouTube is full of katana demonstrations, and if you read through the comments sections, you'll find that absolutely no one except the person currently writing the comment knows how to use one. For instance, in this video, a man with the most infectious laugh on the planet acknowledges that he doesn't know everything about katanas, but wants to "mythbust" with them, probably because katana comments are like Superman comics: With every new one, the subject gets an incredible new power that makes it even more unstoppable and perfect. It's a bit presumptuous to "mythbust," but why get mad at him? He just wants to see if the katana can cut through stuff. "Fun? Nah," says the internet. "Let's make this punk regret all of his interests, and then argue about anime for no reason."
The comments are often alternate history fanfiction. They explain how the ancient katana makers somehow invented nanotechnology by hand as they "folded" the metal ten million times. Never mind how they only folded it because they were using the shittiest possible metal, or how folding it more than 20 times makes it even shittier. The average katana wielder would be better off rolling up a newspaper.
Plus, every newspaper reminds you that it's 2016, aka "Katana Kryptonite."
They will pour out pages of bullshit about "five-body blades", and yes, that's a blade which can hack through five bodies in a single swing, because no weapon is worth anything unless it deals Dead Rising 3 levels of damage. It's also amazing how many amateur metallurgists just happen to wander by to spout more random numbers and imaginary metals than the Terminator franchise.
If you enjoy katanas because they're ridiculously cool, that's brilliant! Have fun! But if you must fantasize about a blade which can cut through anything, made with magical ancient technology, and utterly immune to everything we've ever learned about physics, just imagine lightsabers like the rest of us.
You've got a dumb username, but your heart's in the right place.
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