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(New York Daily News)   A fight on a Phoenix train came to an abrupt end when an area man broke up the fight. Fark: The area man broke up the fight by pulling out a samurai sword   (nydailynews.com) divider line 86
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2012-10-21 12:50:54 PM  
Just another reason why one should avoid starting land wars in Asia.
 
2012-10-21 01:11:14 PM  
That's why I don't go further west than the Chase Field/US Airways Center stop on the light rail
 
2012-10-21 01:12:02 PM  

T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.


See?? This is why we need to give your sister more beatings. Her candy-ass is just not prepared for anything other than a block of wood mugging her.

Or next X-Mas, just buy her a gun instead of a bluntened Feng Shuey butterknife. You wuss.
 
2012-10-21 01:17:04 PM  

uttertosh: T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.

See?? This is why we need to give your sister more beatings. Her candy-ass is just not prepared for anything other than a block of wood mugging her.

Or next X-Mas, just buy her a gun instead of a bluntened Feng Shuey butterknife. You wuss.


She probably didn't want to be hassled by the cops for chopping off body parts in defense of a bicycle.
 
2012-10-21 01:33:38 PM  

david_gaithersburg: ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.


Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?
 
2012-10-21 01:40:23 PM  

neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.


Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old
 
2012-10-21 01:43:21 PM  

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?


I have never been to Phoenix, but a few months ago while riding the VTA light rail in San Jose (which actually extends as far as Mountain View, Milpitas, and Campbell), I met a woman who had recently moved from Phoenix and was amazed by the VTA system. Apparently the light rail system in Phoenix is so small that it's not particularly useful unless you live downtown.

Not that VTA is without fault, of course. You can, for example, use the light rail to get from South San Jose to Mountain View and avoid the hour-and-a-half-long traffic jams that often ensue along Highways 101 and 280, but the light rail has so many stops along the way that it takes an hour and a half to get there anyway.
 
2012-10-21 01:45:02 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: david_gaithersburg: ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.

Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?


Was it the one the lefties are complaining about being an uber conservative throwback to Neanderthalensis? That one?
 
2012-10-21 02:09:35 PM  
Samurai swords are a good weapon in the right circumstances. I'm surprised he had the room to draw on a train. Personally I feel uncomfortable with the range you have to get to - very close to your opponent for any effective sword cut or flourish.

Pro-tip: Always hold the blade outwards, centered with your body and pointed at your targets throat.
 
2012-10-21 02:11:10 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?


He's the same guy who enacted that socialized medicine regime, denying Real Americans of their God-given rights. That guy sucks.
 
2012-10-21 02:12:06 PM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks: Photo of area man:

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2012-10-21 02:14:23 PM  
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This should have read: I <3 u
 
2012-10-21 02:17:53 PM  

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.


Mass blade laws cover double-sided blades in excess of three inches. I don't recall anything being said of single-bladed weapons in any measurement.
 
2012-10-21 02:21:20 PM  
I would think that in the confines of a subway car, something like a Roman gladius would be more effective--shorter, double edged blade made for stabbing and hacking and not sweeping arcs.

Then again, just the pyschological impact of seeing a samuri sword being drawn and at the ready is not to be discounted.
 
2012-10-21 02:21:29 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


I have 3 and a practice boken *points at beginning of Fark handle*
 
2012-10-21 02:26:03 PM  

The_EliteOne: Samurai swords are a good weapon in the right circumstances. I'm surprised he had the room to draw on a train. Personally I feel uncomfortable with the range you have to get to - very close to your opponent for any effective sword cut or flourish.

Pro-tip: Always hold the blade outwards, centered with your body and pointed at your targets throat.


It would depend on the form he used. Aikido, which borrows very much from Bushido, teaches some very good CQC with a full sized katana. That said, if a tanto or wakizashi was available I would use that instead.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-21 02:30:32 PM  
Saborlas

I was wrong about the state law, which covers switchblades and many other sharp and blunt objects but not swords. However, Boston has a knife ordinance which prohibits carrying a sword without a legitimate recreational or culinary reason.
 
2012-10-21 02:33:53 PM  

ZAZ: legitimate recreational


Because I damn well please is not good enough for the People's Republic of Boston.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-21 02:44:56 PM  
Aikidogamer

You see the same attitude towards gun permits in many cities and towns. Permits are issued in the sole discretion of the police chief. (For practical purposes that's true; technically you can sue if he's dumb enough to admit denying your application for an improper reason.) The permit you want is "all lawful purposes," allowing you to carry anywhere guns are not explicitly prohibited. The permit you get is likely to be limited to carrying to and from target practice.
 
2012-10-21 02:45:19 PM  

anfrind: BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?

I have never been to Phoenix, but a few months ago while riding the VTA light rail in San Jose (which actually extends as far as Mountain View, Milpitas, and Campbell), I met a woman who had recently moved from Phoenix and was amazed by the VTA system. Apparently the light rail system in Phoenix is so small that it's not particularly useful unless you live downtown.

Not that VTA is without fault, of course. You can, for example, use the light rail to get from South San Jose to Mountain View and avoid the hour-and-a-half-long traffic jams that often ensue along Highways 101 and 280, but the light rail has so many stops along the way that it takes an hour and a half to get there anyway.


Yeah. The light rail in phx goes for some twenty miles. But it is just one line that goes through downtown. The nicer suburbs had a chance to be apart of the light trail, but opted out. Seems they didn't want public transportation to connect them to phx and mesa.
 
2012-10-21 02:47:17 PM  
What the area guy on the train may have looked like:

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(Christopher Lambert said to be relieved...)
 
2012-10-21 04:03:32 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


Real ones are not common and very rare outside of Japan. But mass produced replicas very are quite common. A replica may not slice straight though a body like a real, hand crafted katana, but it'll still do the job against your basic thug.
 
2012-10-21 04:41:02 PM  
Was his name Paul?

/Too obscure?
//Also, some vigilante justice is freaking awesome!
 
2012-10-21 05:34:50 PM  

T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.


And what did she claim from these vagabonds? A hand? A foot?
 
2012-10-21 07:09:51 PM  
The martial arts weapon, long-associated with feudal Japan, does not appear often on American public transportation.

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2012-10-21 07:42:45 PM  

Aulus: I would think that in the confines of a subway car, something like a Roman gladius would be more effective--shorter, double edged blade made for stabbing and hacking and not sweeping arcs.

Then again, just the pyschological impact of seeing a samuri sword being drawn and at the ready is not to be discounted.


As referenced by ChubbyTiger, the Kukri seems to be the anti-train-robber weapon of choice. With the optional attached Gurkha
 
2012-10-21 07:44:12 PM  
Omg

The cure for black people has been discovered



JAPANESE PEOPLE!
 
2012-10-21 11:47:23 PM  
He handled the blade pretty well. Held it correctly for poking/prodding in tight, enclosed spaces (entendre intended) and for exiting/entering a doorway. Still, though, knife to a gunfight and all that. Most people who draw swords in public end up getting shot by someone. This guy just got lucky.
 
2012-10-22 12:35:28 AM  
T.M.S... Obviously, your sister was not too proficient with her sword, else she'd still have her bike
 
2012-10-22 12:39:39 AM  
Good point, Aulus... I personally prefer a wakizashi (short version of the long Katana) for close encounters such as this
 
2012-10-22 03:39:53 AM  

Resident Muslim: neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.

Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old



Which is based on Zatoichi Challenged...
 
2012-10-22 04:32:12 AM  

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?


I hear there's a run to Yuma most afternoons, a little after three...
 
2012-10-22 05:37:57 AM  

Ambivalence: Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.

Real ones are not common and very rare outside of Japan. But mass produced replicas very are quite common. A replica may not slice straight though a body like a real, hand crafted katana, but it'll still do the job against your basic thug.


Not so. Huge numbers of blades both antique and military were brought back from WW2 and thepost-war occupation of Japan by American servicemen. And a decent steel replica will still carve up human anatomy like a halloween pumpkin. It's amazing how soft bodies actually are.
 
2012-10-22 06:12:20 AM  

twiztedjustin: Omg

The cure for black people has been discovered



JAPANESE PEOPLE!


Now we just need a cure for anyone who types "OMG" when conversing with adults.
 
2012-10-22 06:34:26 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Resident Muslim: neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.

Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old


Which is based on Zatoichi Challenged...


Guess I should look it up then.
:)


/Fark. You live and learn.
 
2012-10-22 03:14:11 PM  
I hate it when I'm on the train and there's some guy committing the Sin of Ronan right there in front of me.
 
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