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well i figured people are posting pics of their knives, so ill post a pic of mine (caution EXTREEMLY SHARP)
although its not traditional, it looks pretty cool


to go along with this i also have a full size katana
 

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Very nice, although I much prefer a Wazikashi to a Katana. Dunno, maybe it's the Aikido coming through my subconcious or something.

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- Replica swords generally aren't combat-ready. Usually, they're display pieces, or some twelve-year-old twat uses them to hack branches, cut his dick off, suchforth. Sort of like a retarded Lorena Bobbit, it's all worth an Honourable Mention in the Darwin Awards anyways.

That said, if it is combat ready, very few people are willing to go head-to-head with one, and in some cases, they're legal for public carry, although there may be restrictions on them and there is no way in Hell you won't be harrassed by the cops.
 

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Actually i have heard that austrailia has now placed restrictions and liscencing laws on swords. Scared of Drive by beheadings or something?
 

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AK: it is a wakizashi.
srry folks the blade has been dulled a little bit (its a household item) so its not as sharp as its supposed to be.
however, when i bought it it was litterally razor sharp (hence the nickname 3' razorblade)
im obviously not gonna carry this thing in public (its 30" long!) but i figured that, since people were showing their knives, i wanted to show my big Bowe knife

P.S. i can post my Katana if anyones interested
 

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i know that most arent sharp.. some are some arnt... depends what the manufacturer's intentions were

but i seriously doubt you'd be allowed to carry one in public
all carry blades here in the states have to be under 4" in length or need a CCW (carry CONCEALED weapon) permit and i dont see how you could conceal one
thats how it is in my state anyway
besides you dont see to many samuri, knights or roman legionaries marching down the street all too often ;)
 

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Nice sword Max338...I like!

Heck, if people are allowed to carry those, I'll start totin my axe lol
 

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from the pic it probably looks pretty long... and it is (the handle is pretty long, like 10") but if i put it next to my katana (29"blade) its pretty small in comparison
Edit: ive now sharpened my katana (still not 100% but its pretty sharp)
Edit (again): Pix of my Katana


 

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hi, all
there's no way that you would be able to carry that sword around with you. i do fencing (dueling with swords) and it is illegal in britain to carry your foil, sayber (sword) unsheaved around with you.

i was also wondering if a sword has a realistic use in combat today?
 

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hi, all
there's no way that you would be able to carry that sword around with you. i do fencing (dueling with swords) and it is illegal in britain to carry your foil, sayber (sword) unsheaved around with you.

i was also wondering if a sword has a realistic use in combat today?
well for once i agree with you... no way to carry a sword around... even if it wasnt illegal in states that issue CCW permits keep in mind that means CONCEALED weapon and the sword isnt concealable... some states allow you to carry a firearm at the hip by law ie Arizona not sure what they'd say about swords but i dont think you'll see too many ninjas, knights, roman legionaries and berserkers running around ;)

sword for combat usage today? nah too big and bulky really cant draw it fast in close qtr and expect to chop thier head off before you get a few hundred rounds in your head
better than a knife but way too big
 

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CCW is needed to carry a 4"+ blade CONCEALED. In montana, I can wear a sword on my hip as long as its not concealed. Beyond the funny looks I would get, there is nothing wrong in MONTANA with doing this.

Other states (and countries) will be different

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yea i know im allowed to carry a blade under 4" in Ct without a ccw permit as long as i dont pull it out to threaten people with
even switchblades are illegal to own let alone carry, swords arnt illegal to own but id be shocked if you carried one and didnt get arreted for it
 

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Dunno about swords here, but knives are legal provided they aren't concealed...As Jeff said, no switches or butterflies or any of that junk, but there's nothing wrong with a regular knife. During hunting season there's all kindsa guys moving around with knives clipped to their belts wearing camo stopping in town on their way up to hunting camps. I think pocketknives are okay in the pockets, but that I am not sure about. I think a sword would fly but I have never seen it attempted lol...

Selling swords seems to be a different matter though. Think you need to get a permit for that. I was at a comics convention in Toronto last year where this year someone got in trouble for selling "Lord of the Rings" swords and such. Could be he sold one to a minor or something dumb, but I think it was a permit issue.
 

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swords

i think swords would have a great use in the american and english armed forces of today. they instill fear into the enemy, like a bayonet charge, they also look cool as well. i was thinking on swords for officers only. i asume that there is a time in a battle when soldiers run out of ammo. Also how long is a bayonet these days?
 

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Bayonets are usually not longer than about 9" blade. But every armed force is different.

The USMC still uses swords for their officer dress uniforms. Purely show, not used in battle.

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marine's swords are ceremonial nothing more
beyonet isnt really a factor anymore... if you need the beyonet your fucked
if you ran out of ammo and needed a sword your gonna have to run through a wall of AK fire... translation it would be a pointless charge and just get your men killed
with air support and air supplies, pinpoint accurate artillery and all other things there are so many things a commander has communications with that can save his unit's ass
 
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