Ahem.... If were gonna talk about find metallurgy and sword craftsmanship, let me whip out my thang. Japanese swordsshortest to longest with clay forged tang lines) Tan'to(haire ' Cari knife) Wakasashi(assasins blade)foot long to two foot long blade.Straps horizontally behind back for outward-up striking motion with the least movement.) Katana(Primary Kung pow sword.should touch the tip of the ground while holding it inverted at side. shoulder sling. often inveterted.)) Wikabashu(extremely sharp and long. often over 7 feet long.(polearm, can be attached to blade to form a ningpoh, or what is known in China as a war lords ally.)) The Japananese Swords, forged with damascan steel or pre-tempered iron, are tempered with clay on thick side for blocking and edged on other for the sharpest and most lasting edge. Like this: ------------------ >this side is tempered with clay for hardened striking edge. .................. > the opposite edge, is not and is therefore allowed to be used as a cutting tool with "folded" composition. Ahhhh, yes. the folding blades. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. My old sword was folded 16 times. OGGAABOOOGA!! I hate poison ivy damnit!!!!!! (whole other story.) oh and all battle ready means is that they are tempered more for stronger make-up of the metal.