Sunday, October 09, 2011
A Foray into Edged Weapons
I've got my new tanto, a Japanese-style knife that's my new weapon of last-ditch defense. I plan on adding a wakizashi to the mix, a longer version of this, and also good for close quarters, and a tachi. The tachi is a sort of cavalry katana, and good for the coming zombie apocalypse because it is quite long, longer than a katana, and therefore better than one for dispatching zombies before they bite you.
My focus remains on short range defense within 21 feet. Most home defense related gun battles happen at very short range, and very quickly. Most likely, I'll have to win exactly zero battles, or in the worst case one.
Given that directing maximum violence at the threat is the correct tactic in a ten second fight (unless you can avoid the fight) having a close-in weapon is a good idea. This little thing works really well as a stabbing weapon, and good as a slashing weapon too. The wakizashi works the same way and adds more terror. It's big enough to behead, and was often used that way to preserve the edge of a katana. Lets not ignore psychological advantage, even in a ten second fight. No one wants their head cut off, even someone who broke into your house to kill you.
In looking into edged weapons, I've learned that there are a lot of different types of steel used to make them. The very best steel is undamaged in edged weapon to edged weapon contact, lesser steels not so. This little tanto is made from aus-8 steel, definitely not the best. But, it does take an edge, and I've got it razor sharp now using my Smiths compact sharpener. Since it will only be used either once or never, and against flesh and bone, it's immaterial if it loses it edge in the process.
For the zombie work, a best grade steel is certainly worth it.