>When America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to.
This is a reminder that the most important part of your sword is the hilt. If you've ever traded one sword for another without considering which hilt to keep, you've spat in the face of all that is good.
>interface you get used to
Not with a sword. There isn't much technology in them to get used to. You only essentially use the grip, and the pommel is just another part of the weapon. Strictly speaking, the idea is flawed. A saddle is pretty valuable and requires a lot of effort to make. A sword hilt is either one or two slats of wood, wrapped in cord and leather.
>throw off balance
Not really, no. Most swords were hollow, and were not counterbalances. Some Rapiers had counterbalances, but most of the counterbalancing was done by the complex hilt.
Not a single piece.
Saddles are indeed very heavy, and that is a very good reason to leave them in a survival situation.
No, but when horses were the main transportation, you can bet your britches there were lots of saddlemakers. Most horses which could be ridden already had saddles, and you might only consider using another saddle if you had certain preferences or needs. And if that saddle fit the horse. A saddle must be fitted to the horse for the most comfort to the beast.
>but it's an animal
Well, see how successful your horse is when it develops sores and starts pussing all over the back.
You know that a saddle around 1880 could cost as much as a horse ? It would be far cheaper to refit the saddle than to buy a new one. Plus saddle pads reduce the issues of a ill-fitting saddle.
>Any smith can replace your broken blade for a new one,
The vast majority of smiths did not know how to make a new blade. Blades were traded throughout europe, unmounted, and a skilled cutler could rehilt it. A normal blacksmith does not have the tools or skill.
> hilts post iron-age come apart so you can replace the leather, the pommel or the blade..
No, they didnt.
Ok, "any" may not be the word. Still I'm a smith and I've made a buck pullinging apart ruined swords for a local museum and refitting blades for collectors. Mostly 15th-19th century pieces and modern swords do come apart quite easy.
As always, it depends on the setting.
>When America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse weighed a shit ton and was literally useless now that it was dead, but the saddle could be carried with relative ease, and would be needlessly expensive to replace.
>I'll take your word for it.
What? That's not how internet debate is supposed to work, especially on 4chan!
Fight me, insult me, call me a faggot, use smug reaction images!!
Sorry, I'm just not used to people being reasonable and nice to each other here.
Oh man I need this now. It'd be like medieval Vanquish.
Hell, maybe you'd have a bunch of blades strapped to you and you swap those in and out. Maybe it's like Zabuza's Executioner's Blade and you can just screw in more hilt-length to give yourself more leverage.
It would make sense if
1. You needed the sharpest blades possible, to the point where durability was an afterthought compared to being able to make at least one solid swing with the sharpest possible edge
2. Blades were cheap enough that you could carry several into battle.
I also corrected myself after the first reply. If you took two seconds out of your day, you would have seen that.
But instead you decided to get mad and call someone else an idiot on the internet.
And now you look like an assumptious prick.
That's one way to have reloading swords.
You could also have a situation where you need to switch between weapon types the go, like the Witcher. But then, I guess you might as well carry multiple swords.
The hilts themselves imbue the sword with a magic property? So you could have a single blade, and switch out hilts for various damage types.
>The hilts themselves imbue the sword with a magic property? So you could have a single blade, and switch out hilts for various damage types.
Ten Commandments was a bitchin sword.
Why stop there? Hilts have limited charge, so you're literally reloading your sword as you go. Juiced-up swords are the equivalent of firearms, and having to fight with a mundane sword is bringing a sword to a gunfight.
She's not riding the horse.
She is clearly the apex predator of the nightmare's unfortunate food web.
Much like the constrictors of the humid rainforests, the firecrotch will smother the life out of the beast before consuming it whole.
Pommels are part of the balance of a sword, almost all swords had some form of balance and anyone who thinks pommels are hollow or only rapiers where properly balanced is a retard.
>Hilts imbue things like flaming and air cutter
>Blades improve physical things like swing force, agility, and sharpness.
Mercy hilt: sissy option, or sign of a true man?
It's a common part of the creative process, taking what we see around us and reimagining it.
I make a mock reference to swords being used like RPKs and it turns into anime. FML
When you tie the sheath to the hilt so you can't take it out, I think. That's more normally called a peace knot, though.
>It's a common part of the creative process, taking what we see around us and reimagining it.
Normally, when people want to into sword, they get a book on swords out of the library. Or, in more modern times, go on Wikipedia or Google and type in 'sword'.
I never said that "only rapiers were properly balanced." But rather that rapiers made more extensive use of the counterbalancing effects of the hilt and pommel to bring the center of balance closer to the hand. Arming swords and other cut-and-thrust swords relied on having the center of balance further out to increase the wounding capacity of cuts.
Of course we're talking about differences of inches between vastly different types of swords which are optimized for different purposes.
>Or, in more modern times, go on Wikipedia or Google and type in 'sword'.
Dave Willis couldn't even be bothered to look up how clits and foreskin work.
Then it's the sign of someone who wants/needs to take the enemy alive. Perhaps a paladin who wants the evil to face the justice of law rather than mete out lethal justice himself, or a bounty hunter who needs to bring his quarry to his employer alive, or a cleric or monk who has sworn a non-lethal oath, or a rogue with qualms about killing guards that aren't obviously evil.
>Not really, no. Most swords were hollow, and were not counterbalances. Some Rapiers had counterbalances, but most of the counterbalancing was done by the complex hilt
Your words anon.
>Most swords were hollow
But that's fucking wrong you retard.
1) Hollow things were hard as fuck to create
2) If you hit a hollow sword against something, it would fucking *SHATTER*. why? Because swords needed a hard crystalline structure on the outside to hold an edge (this was achieve through tempering) and a 'softer' non-crystalline structure on the inside to absorb force and stress.
Don't talk about subjects you don't even have fucking cursory knowledge about. Google isn't hard.
>Most swords were hollow
YOU FUCKING MORON REEEEEEEE
Because it takes a hell of a lot of time and energy to process an animal that big with just a knife. Plus, even if they did, what're they gonna do with all that meat anyway? They sure as hell can't eat it all, and it's just not feasible to take it with them. There's not a whole lot of options.
>Hey, y'know this cool historical thing you're talking about?
>The one with a bunch of historical documentation to prove that it was totally a thing?
>Didn't happen. All movies.
>Am I cool yet guys? Guys? A-am I cool?
>Most horses that could already be ridden had saddles.
WRONG AGAIN FUCKBUCKET.
Saddles were made for the rider, not for the horse, they were also a very time and labor intensive HIGHLY SKILLED CRAFT. They were expensive, they still ARE expensive, as of today people consider saddles that cost less than 500$USD to be not worth using as they are of poor quality.
A good saddle today will range upwards of 1000$ easily and that's simply because of reasons like 'comfort, safety and durability'. To put that into perspective, you can buy horses for around the same amount that you're going to spend on a saddle - as long as you're not looking for high pedigree 'performance' horses. The 'average' quarterhorse will cost somewhere around 1500 - 2500$ currently... so if you were to have a saddle (and blanket, and tack, and etc) for every horse, that's adding ~ another 40-75% on to the initial purchase price for each.
As far as fitting the saddle to the horse: You're wrong, unless it's a specialty breed like say a paso fino or for a special purpose (like racing, or combat). In general though, you put a blanket on the back of the horse, set your saddle upon its back, and cinch up the straps and fittings. Horses are bred for breed conformity, so a quarter horse is a quarter horse is a quarter horse (at least in the physical sense).
When your saddle cost can easily be as much as your horse, it's easier to say leave behind a horse that's dying and carry the saddle with you until you can purchase a new horse. Hell sometimes simply trading in your saddle could *get* you a new horse that you could ride bareback, or a new horse + a saddle.
Do you even understand the concept of solid assets? Something that should shit go wrong you can convert into money at a relatively consistent rate? It's part of why pimps wear so much jewelry in the modern day: If they're arrested cash is confiscated and they're not allowed to access banks, but they are allowed to pawn for bail.
Actually the boxcutter look is because the blades ARE supposed to snap off, because unlike real life swords, these things are being swung crazy fast and at giant targets, meaning they're almost assured to get stuck, and having your sword get stuck while flying through the air at 50 miles an hour would rip your arm apart.
Don't get me wrong, I don't particularly like the anime, but the swords actually do make sense to a degree. Even if using swords and spiderman bondage harnesses don't make any fucking sense, the idea of a "built to fail" sword that will break instead of get ripped out of your hand is at least consistent, if not logical.
You know I always wondered why cowboys would carry the fucking saddles around even if they lost the horse. I guess it makes sense, that shit must've been expensive.
Do you suppose they made them out of horsehide? That'd be ironic.
>This is a reminder that the most important part of your sword is the hilt. If you've ever traded one sword for another without considering which hilt to keep, you've spat in the face of all that is good.
You're a fucking idiot. The bindings/wrappings of the hilt and it's wooden core both wear out and must be replaced.
They are disposable.
Additionally, the wooden core of the hilt must fit the tang of the blade EXACTLY - the most common method is to heat the tang and use it to burn out the cavity in the grip.
Not as easy to stamp out. They're big ol' box cutters, so they can just roll out a long strip of blade and then break them off to length.
It's the same concept behind how Hi-Point makes their barrels. They buy huge lengths of steel pipe in the appropriate diameter, then cut them to length and button rifle them. It's cheaper than producing each barrel individually.
>Makes me wonder why they dont put a bit of effort into a solud weapon though. Or better yet, bigger guns and pitfall traps at gates.
Why does the privilege of service in the Military Police inside Wall Sina go to the top 10 graduates? Why are the ones most suited to fighting and actually killing Titans the only ones who have the opportunity to not fight them at all?
The answer is that something's rotten in the state of Denmark.
That's more because saddles are expensive and if you sit your ass in something all day, you want something familiar.
Sword furnishings are replacable and are a seperate item/skill set to make. They're also made for the sword specifically and don't transfer easily without modification unlike a saddle
>They're also made for the sword specifically and don't transfer easily without modification unlike a saddle
Saddles can be made to fit a specific horse too. I agree with you in principle, but if you have a saddle made the horse will be measured etc to make sure it's not uncomfortable for them either.
Could have been different two hundred years ago though.
>Because it is heavy, and your next horse will already have a saddle?
AHAHAHA HOLY SHIT, CITY FOLKS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO POST ON 4CHAN
If you guys wait a few hours until I get home I can post a picture of my branding iron and answer questions about horses and cowboy culture.
>I can post a picture of my branding iron and answer questions about horses and cowboy culture.