September 30th, 2017

This sound is a katana sword being swung close to the microphone it was recorded in a gym. It was recorded using a Zoom H1 with foam windscreen attached. The clip was cleaned up (removed air condition sound) in Adobe Audition CS6. You can hear some handling of the sword at some points. Some swings have a higher pitch than others but this is the real thing.


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    samzensimzen 3 years, 3 months ago


    Year old thread and so on, but anyways:

    Yes, Katanas are for instance swung that fast during Tamishigiri (cut test). Also, people will do awesome martial arts show moves with them. That said, Katanas are traditional Samurai battle swords used in real-life combat, which luckily only exists on television nowadays. I highly doubt anyone ever fences with a Katana, as it basically consists of a meter long razor blade. For sparring purposes, wooden Bokken are used. Unsharpened Katanas are called Iaitos, but even those would probably not be used for sparring, as the sharp tip might inflict lethal injuries.

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    rolandxp 3 years, 6 months ago

    awesome, thank you

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    crawfordjohnb@bellsouth.net 4 years, 3 months ago

    I don’t know about fencing. Posting the sound on here was an afterthought, there was a lot of artifact noise. Thanks for the comments and will do better next time.

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    superfreq 4 years, 3 months ago

    Holy shit, awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this!
    You can only get so far with dowels, bamboo, and belts... :-)
    Nice editing job on the first set, but the second set unfortunately had allot of artifacts, though like a third of the swings are still easily salvageable at least.
    I can understand removing the air conditioner sound, but if you were trying to get rid of the handling noise, than I wouldn't, as they can be useful too, and sound far more natural as extra bits in the sound than compression artifacts do.

    Just curious if you know, would you really swing the sword that fast or far while fencing?

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    frankrjones17 4 years, 4 months ago

    Excellent! Thank You!

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