支那事變に於ける日本刀の威力 THE SUPERIORITY OF THE JAPANESE SWORD AS DEMONSTRATED IN THE PRESENT SINO-JAPANESE FIGHTING
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Participated in work of the party engaging specially in the repair of Japanese swords in the front, the author observed the superiority of Japanese swords in the light of the present Sino-Japanese fighting.<BR>It is a well-acknowledged fact that the Japanese sword has an excellent sharpness. Its splendid effect has invariably been shown in action at the present crisis, there being many instances to be quoted from numerous exploits in the actural occasions.<BR>A large number of Japanese swords being used in the front, sword makers are naturally very busy at present.<BR>We know the physical effect of the Japanese sword from its sharpness as well as the user's skill. Besides the most important matter is our strong faith for the Japanese sword. Consequentty, the mental effect of it against the enemy is very powerful with the action of the "Japanese spirit" in it.<BR>Therefore, we observe the Japanese sword not only materially but also spiritually. In short, the Japanese sword is considered to be a spiritual material, which stands to guard strongly and to prosper eternally the Land of Our Mikado.
Tetsu-to-Hagane 24(12), 1106-1112, 1938
The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ)