traditional tamahagne diff. forged true hamon etc blade against Rittersteel
QUESTION: If a rittersteel katana were to stike or cross blades with a more expensive traditional katana with the differentially forged blade like the originals what would happen?
In my opinion while the rittersteel is heavy and not as balanced as a the extremely expensive traditional forged katanas. I feel the ritter blade being supported by the full tang etc and also being thicker and wider would chop the other differentially forged katana in half. Why because of shear physics. The edge of the tradtional katana may have a slightly harder edge but its a thin area and the rest of the blade is soft to keep it from breaking supposedly. The ritter is a monster high carbon very close in strength but more reiforced with its wider thicker non traditional blade style. The shear inertia if both were swung with similiar strength I believe the thin harder edge of the tradtional katana would be sliced clean through and the soft steel back would be like cutting through butter at that point. So you might be a traditionalist but if two equal swordsmen were to engage in combat armed with these swords i believe the stronger thicker blade of the Ritter would come out victoriously.
Now put aside all the snooty purists bullshit from those certain people who are by the way not Japanese, nor samurai and have been training for years with a wanna be hack censei with a wanna be half ass style comments. This sword is not traditional so what its a true weapon. Most of those thousand traditional differ. forged blah blah tamahagne steel hand done this hand done that would be either heavily damaged or shattered if actually taken into battle against a ritter and it would lose.
Well now all the snobs elitists can jump al over this but in the back of mind your thinking what i just said. Cutting matts is for goons playing soldier swords are and can be crafted beautifully where they are art and also somebody could learn to use them in ways they are not really intended for like forms etc which can also be appreciated and are also beautiful. However the sword from the beginning is and was a weapon of war for killing like it or not and i for one would not trust a sword in battle just because its traditionally forged over something that is obviously stronger. That is how wars are lost.
ANSWER: If they were to hit each other, you are right - the traditional Katana would come out of it pretty badly, while the Rittersteel may well be more or less undamaged.
Of course, the other factor to consider is speed, if two warriors faced off, the one with the real Nihonto would get in the first strike before the Rittersteel was properly in motion and it would all be over...
Even if they were of equal skill, the fact that it is less weildly would spell disaster - but if they clashed, game over.
Interesting though, and as much as some people might like to believe it, the Nihonto isn't going to cut the Rittersteel in half... ;-)