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Michael's double-edged katana, the Same no ha by RedSkittlez-DA Michael's double-edged katana, the Same no ha by RedSkittlez-DA
An ancient double-edged katana used soley by Michael. He found this weapon during his travels and its extreme sharpness earned it the name "Same no ha". Michael modified them since to his own personal preferences.

On the hilts is a swastika emblem, which is originally in Hinduism/ Buddhism means the sacred symbol of auspiciousness, or "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self". The suffix -ka either forms a diminutive or intensifies the verbal meaning, and suastika might thus be translated as "that which is associated with well-being", corresponding to "lucky charm".

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MrWednesday7 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
the very thought of that is fucking terrifying
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effigytormented Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Interesting fact that in the Western world the Swastika was the symbol for Thor's Hammer, a sore point of contention for any modern Heathen who has to explain such things.
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
So how old exactly? Cause there was very little variation in ancient Japanese swordsmithing, unlike European swordsmithing, so I doubt it's ancient by today's standards. However if it was created shortly before the incident I suppose it could still be considered "ancient" by Michael after he woke up from his long nap.
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RedSkittlez-DA Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Amakuni, is the legendary swordsmith who created the first single-edged longsword (tachi) with curvature along the edge in the Yamato Province around 700 AD. He was the head of a group of swordsmiths employed by the Emperor of Japan to make weapons for his warriors. His son, Amakura, was the successor to his work. Although there are almost no modern examples of signed works by Amakuni, legend has it that the double-edged katana, Kogarasu Maru, was forged by this man. The true author of this work is not known, though the work bears similarities to works of the various Yamato schools so it is thought to be an early example of work from this province.

'Kissaki Moro Ha Zukuri' blades like the Kogasaru Maru are sometimes referred to as 'Kogarasu Zukuri', since the blade of the Kogarasu Maru is shaped this way and is well known for its distinctive sugata. The Kogarasu Maru is unique as a bridge between the old double-edged Japanese Ken (based on the traditional Chinese straight sword) and the traditional Japanese tachi and eventual katana.

The Kogarasu Maru was designed with a curved double-edged blade approximately 62.8 cm long. One edge of the blade is shaped in normal tachi fashion, but unlike the tachi, the tip is symmetrical and both edges of the blade are sharp, similar to a European sword or a Japanese yari spear, except for about 20 cm of the trailing or concave edge nearest the hilt, which is rounded. A single koshi-hi style groove runs from the nakago to the trasitionpoint where the blade becomes double-edged, and is invariably accompanied by a soe-hi. The yaki-ire (hardening) process yielded a sugaha hamon (straight 'temper' line) on both sides of the blade.

The Kogarasu Maru "Little Crow" is the most famous of the known Kogarasu Zukuri blades and is currently in the Japanese Imperial Collection. The tang of the Kogarasu Maru is not signed but the blade is believed to have been made during the either the early Heian period or late Nara period, by the sword smith Amakuni, who is said to have created the first curved Japanese sword and is believed to have lived during this period. Two other Kogarasu Zukuri blades exist from this era, but many other blades of this type have been created throughout Japanese history.

The Kogarasu Maru, [link] and [link]
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I see, so assuming Amakuni was a reasl person, not saying he wasn't, it's either a reworked Yari/Naginata/Tsurugi or an early attempt to bridge the gap between a Tsurugi and Tachi, of which they only have one surviving example of, which oddly enough isn't considered a national treasure.

So I suppose that does prove it was a legitimate ancient design, albeit apparently a very rare one to only have a single surviving example, though that doesn't answer how old Micheal's copy is, as I doubt the he's using a blade over 1800+ years old by time he wakes up. My suspension of disbelief can only go so far.
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RedSkittlez-DA Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
If I tell you EVERYTHING then what's the point of telling the story?
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
lol well here's the question, will it be answered through the story or not?
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RedSkittlez-DA Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
yes.
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Then guess I'll just have to wait till then. *sigh* lol
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