Heeeeyyy guys. So how you all doing? I just started playing Touken Ranbu a few days ago and I got hooked to my starting Uchigatana (I mean who doesn't right? First ship, first sword, first spectacles).
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This time around I'm not gonna be reviewing anything or talking about difficult weird stuff. No. Probably will be doing that after the anime comes out (the ufotable one or the not ufotable one I don't care I wanna see swords). And if by now you people are thinking that I am some girl who likes to see hot sword boys with ripped clothes, I am reminding you that I am not. I'm just checking it out for the sake of curiosity. (I have to admit though, my starting sword's lines are kinda attractive. Just saying)
So yeah. I'm not gonna just do a blank gallery post without any general trivia. That'd feel a bit empty to me. So yeah. Yamanbagiri Kunihiro. I kinda don't get it much but I guess I'll start from the beginning.
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Japanese swords have different length, curvatures and usage. Yamanbagiri is an uchigatana which if I am not mistaken translates to "striking sword". Uchigatanas are often wielded by commoners and low-ranking officers back in the days as it is a bit shorter (around 60cm-70cm) than the regular sword and thinner too (which makes it cheaper).
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The uchigatana is curved in a way that it is easy for the wielder to unsheathe the sword and strike the enemy immediately. In simpler words, have you watched Samurai X? Yeah Kenshin's sword is an uchigatana. Based on what I read, the uchigatana was also made as a countermeasure to horse-riding assholes as it is swifter to just draw/strike the horse using an uchigatana instead of using the standard sword.
|(this was on pinterest. I can't seem to make up the url. Still. Not mine)|
I really don't understand much of what the wiki said but it seems that Yamanbagiri Kunihiro got his name because of a rumor that someone had used him to kill a mountain witch ("yamanba" translates into mountain witch). Oh and in the game, the last name of the swords are the blacksmith's name. The person who made the sword is Horikawa Kunihiro.
Now the catch is that this uchigatana is only a replica of Yamanbagiri. Horikawa Kunihiro was ordered to replicate the original Yamanbagiri by some lord and so he did. Which explains why this idiot keeps on mentioning that he's a duplicate and I wanna punch him in the face for that. Oh and even if its just a replica, people called it Kunihiro's best work (these japanese guys sure are crazy) and I'll be damned it looked awesome as hell.
(Related article here https://www.facebook.com/Tourabu/posts/881087931941600)
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Smith: Horikawa Kunihiro
Date Created: Azuchi Momoyama Period (1580-1600)
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P/S: All pictures are subjected to their own creators. I do not own any of it. I'm just sharing all these beautiful pics with you that I found on the net (which some of you would already have anyways). Enjoy.