Viking comment on review page.
QUESTION:There's a global goods sword I think it was, and the review was great until I got to the part about "vikings" killing for everything...
Unfortunately due to heavily biased Christian influence and disinformation, a lot of people believe this, so I don't hold it against you, I just was hoping you could take the part in parenthesis out... The so called vikings were nothing more than traders and only fought for freedom and control of their land. They were a nomadic tribal society, and there is not much known about them until you dig deep into family history and legend, which really doesn't have much historical credibility. Many tribal leaders and groups around the world kept records of the vikings and they were respected more than feared. Nowadays they've been demonized as horned helmet wearing crusaders that went around killing women and children so they could shovel down all their food. lol
Ironically this is almost exactly what the Christians did to our land in Scandinavia and all over the world to others' land. They raped, killed, tortured, and destroyed. The vikings merely traded and I'm sure didn't take kindly to those who didn't want to do business or offer hospitality.
Anyway I don't really know much for sure myself but I just know there is a lot of pride in the culture and disproving the misconceptions and proving more historical evidence of interaction with the legendary nomadic traders we call the vikings. The religious beliefs and rituals have been passed down for thousands and thousands of years. preceeding Christianity, and setting an example for many other religious beliefs and teachings/legends. If you go back far enough, we all came from the same place, but still, there are good people and bad people, and some of each from every society, but it doesn't make the whole society bad unless one bad apple really does ruin the whole bunch.
Anyway I type fast, and I'm gonna buy a nice sword from ya. I like the Cheness Shirasaya with the differentially clay tempered edge but they don't have any in stock. Do you have any of these?
I'd settle for the regular 9260 one but I don't really trust the edge holding abilities. Also I don't like a fake hamon as it is not as respectful to tradition as I'd like.
I also had some questions about cutting with the shirisaya. I saw your review of another company's shirisaya cutter, but I'd like to see more extensive test cutting with the Cheness one. Would you want me to do a review? Would Cheness sponsor such things? I have some experience in Iai and in cutting myself and would love to review a sword.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and the AWESOME site! I might do a review of the Kris Cutlery Yagyu sometime soon. Do you accept reviews from other sources? My friends would say I'm constantly writing a review out loud of everything I put my hands on, lol
Take care bro,
ANSWER: Hey Nate,
Yeah, it was said a bit tongue in cheek - and kind of playing up to popular beliefs on the Vikings, though to be fair I do not think they were any more brutal than any other peoples of the age...
Anyway, I can pretty much get any of the Cheness swords available on their site for a slightly better price - just send me an email and I'll see what I can do.
With regards to reviewing, I've pretty much paid for almost everything that I have reviewed myself, so unfortunatley I don't think they will send any out for review purposes. But new reviews are always welcome! And of course, if you qualify you can become a part of my review team and I will personally buy swords to send you to review that you can keep afterwards!
Details are all here - just in case you missed it. ^_^