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Medieval Sword Woman For The Win!

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Note to burglars...Never break into the house of a woman who knows how to kick ass with her hands and a sword.

 

Indy woman uses medieval combat training, sword to stop intruder

Rule No. 1: Don't break into the home of a woman with medieval combat training.

When a man broke into Karen Dolley’s home on Thursday night, her training in medieval combat came in handy. So did her sword.

The 43-year-old woman said she awoke around midnight to the voice of a man in her house near 10th Street and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis' Eastside.

She leapt out of bed, turned on the lights and saw him standing in her living room, she said. Then her instincts kicked in.

Dolley, standing 5-foot-6, said she immediately attacked, punching him about 10 times and cornering him in her bedroom.

She reached for her gun in a nearby drawer, but she accidentally opened the wrong drawer during the chaos of the moment, so her gun wasn’t there.

She reached for her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Her intruder crouched in the bedroom as she held him at sword-point until police arrived, she said.

She called 911 and police arrived within two minutes, she said.

More: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/10/10/indy-woman-uses-medieval-combat-training-sword-stop-intruder/73669428/

 

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Surely you joust! (sorry, couldn't resist)

We'd all be wise to take a lesson from The Walking Dead's Michonne, a most excellent zombie killer with Katana in hand.

Carbon steel is desirable, not that dull stainless for decorative purposes only.

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Surely you joust! (sorry, couldn't resist)

We'd all be wise to take a lesson from The Walking Dead's Michonne, a most excellent zombie killer with Katana in hand.

Carbon steel is desirable, not that dull stainless for decorative purposes only.

Well, if all you have is a dull stainless steel decorative sword at hand, it is still better than nothing. (Just use them like a thin baseball bat.)

High carbon steel is superior to stainless for cutting and durability though. Steer clear of 1045 carbon steel and go with a minimum of 1060 or 1095. (the last 2 digits is the carbon percentage. 1045 = .45% carbon .60% & .95%)

For serious sword owners, 1095 carbon steel is the bare minimum for cutting practice. 5160 spring steel is a minimum for practical use and 9260 spring steel is top tier steel spring steel.

Note; There are also tool steels (T10 and the coveted L6 Bainite) and they certainly have properties that make them highly desirable as well.
It is also fair to mention that people battling 1000 years ago had none of the above steels yet many survived with the crappy steel of that day and age and that was mostly do to chance and decent hardening and tempering techniques. 

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