Arkbrik wrote:IVhorseman wrote:Arkbrik wrote:Katanas can only be used for slashing. A longsword can skewer, hack, etc. A katana is also unable to parry as heavy attacks as a longsword can without breaking.
Have you ever actually held, or even attempted to swing a longsword?
I read it in a webcomic, surely it must be true?
To an extent. Longswords are incredibly heavy, and require a lot of strength and training to use properly. If you're skewering with a longsword, you'll be absolutely defenseless.
Katanas are also (generally) made out of steel, while most medieval longswords were Iron, which is heavier and breaks easier. Of course, the weight and girth of a longsword makes it a lot less fragile. Regardless, a Katana's not going to break unless you try to parry an absurdly heavy blow (ironically, a longsword could do it).
Katanas have their advantages of being lighter and more precise than the longsword. But you're right when you say they're not as versatile.