Episode 2: Viking vs Samurai
Viking Team: Casey Hendershot (Viking Weapons Instructor), Matt Nelson (Viking Combat Expert, Descendant of Danish Vikings)
Samurai Team: Tetsuro Shigematsu (Samurai Descendant), Brett Chan (Samurai Weapons Expert)
Viking weapons: Great Axe, Long Sword, Spear, Shield
Samurai weapons: Katana, Naginata, Yumi, Kanabo
Viking Samurai Advantage
Close Range: Great Axe Katana Great Axe
Mid Range: Long Sword Naginata Long Sword
Long Range: Spear Yumi Yumi
Special Weapons: Shield Kanabo Kanabo
- The Katana was tested first against three bamboo mats and managed to cut them all in one clean swipe in under half a second. Then, it was tested on pigs and managed to cut through two pigs clean. After this it was against chainmail, which it impacted but failed to defeat. The Great Axe nearly cleaved its gel dummy in half but bounced off of a solid Samurai helmet in an overhead chop, but it still transferred energy. The narrow and close advantage was given to the axe due to its greater killing power.
- The Naginata proved itself as a quick ranged weapon by slicing a dummy with several quick cuts, taking off part of the head in one, slashed the face in the second and poked the heart on the last. The Long Sword was very effective, as it made a very deep slash across the back of the head and into the brain cavity in the first, impaled it through the neck on the second and made a final slash across the neck. After Max messed with the head, it fell off the torso, further showing its deadliness. The edge was given to the sword due to its killing power.
- The spear was thrown at targets 25 feet away and penetrated wood targets that were several inches thick. Then, two spears were thrown at once and still showed the same amount of penetration. The Yumi bow was shot by Shigematsu at two dummies at 45 feet while calling out his shots, saying where he would hit it and hit his targets. He also wanted to show the Yumi's accuracy by shooting out dummy eyes at 25 feet, which he did successfully. The Yumi got the edge due to its accuracy and range.
- A round shield proved itself effective as a defensive shield and a bludgeoning weapon. A very large, 35-pound version of the Japanese mythological warclub, the Kanabo, was used by Chan. He was able to shatter a cow's femur and break off a part of the shield, although half of the studs in the club were knocked out in the process. In a comparison of killing ability, the kanabo was given the edge.
The setting is very similar to the Apache vs Gladiator with a more woody area. Both meet at opposite ends and taunt each other. The Samurai is the first to strike as he shoots two arrows from his Yumi; one hits the Viking in his pectoral region, but is pulled out, and the other hits his helmet, dazing him for a second. The Viking charges at the Samurai in a berserker rage with his two throwing-spears. He throws both with one knocking down the Samurai. The Viking then approaches the Samurai with his great axe, only to be disarmed by the Samurai's superior technique with his naginata. The Samurai does a forward-thrust only to have it blocked by the Viking's chainmail. The Viking retrieves his axe, kicks the Samurai after parrying an attack, and then strikes him on the back. Unaffected, the Samurai picks up his kanabo and knocks the axe out of the Viking's hand, which causes the Viking to pull out his shield, only to have it (and possibly his shield arm) broken after swings from the kanabo. The angry Viking then charges the smaller warrior deeper into the woods, over a small bridge and knocks him off the bridge. The Viking unsheathes his longsword, and the Samurai his katana. Both clash, with the Samurai slowly backing up. The Samurai is able to strike the Viking twice, but the Viking is unaffected because of his chainmail. The Viking manages to get a strike in, that the Samurai almost dodged, but then the two clinch. The much stronger Viking then does what he did to the Samurai again in the bridge scene, but this time the Samurai is able to reverse and heave the Viking into a tree, which is followed up by a slash to his legs. The near-defeated Viking falls to his knees, and is stabbed in the neck. The Samurai turns him over to make sure he is dead, cleans and sheaths his sword, and walks away.
Overall winner: Samurai
Although the Viking's fierce courage, brute power, and defensive versatility are impressive, the Samurai's technical skills, quickness, and arsenal of specialized weaponry gave him a narrow victory in the third-closest episode to date. This is the closest one-on-one fight yet, and the closest fight not involving modern weapons. This also one of the most disputed fights because of the conventionalism of some of the weapons. Namely the Naginata and Kanabo, both of which have little to historical evidence supporting their actual use by Samurai, the Naginata being largely used by women (namly Samurais wives) as a self defense weapon and the Kanabo being almost exclusively used by mythological Oni, and has no record evidence of it's use in actual battle.
Overall Kills: 478 522
Close Range: Great Axe: 134 Katana: 137
Mid Range: Long Sword: 175 Naginata: 171
Long Range: Spear: 92 Yumi: 114
Special Weapons: Shield: 77 Kanabo: 100