A colloquialism associated with generating power is “it’s all in the hips”, but this is a little bit misleading, as the hips themselves aren’t really the source of the power.
That’s right, you heard me. Geometry forbids keeping your edge in line while the tip is below the hands.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I have come across someone who thought they could bat a cut out of the way by hitting the backside of the blade with their hand…
It was the first two words that got you hooked, right?
The short answer to everything is always F = ma. For the longer answer, read the article.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Maybe this quote from the Art of War might not be the most applicable excerpt, but regardless you could always stand to learn a bit.
Not too long ago I published the article “Accelerating the Wrist in a Cut – It Doesn’t Work!”. A few valid questions were raised, and they deserve answers.
Despite what you may want to believe, you CAN NOT have acceleration at the wrist and a locked structure at the moment of contact!
Learn about the exciting life cycle of cracks! From infant little microfractures to all grown up break-my-new-feder cracks.
Steel is a good choice for swords. But what is it in the first place?