Swords in Your Kitchen
Yet, many times to cut something in the kitchen we will just grab any sharp knife and make do with it because it will handle the job well enough. Specialization in a tool is great, but often it also requires a certain degree of expertise to apply. If you've ever seen skilled chef in the kitchen though, you know how their knife-skills can make a novice look childishly clumsy by comparison. A knife of a particular design has its own particular way of being optimally employed for best effect and skill plays a part. It’s the same way with swords. (And just as with real things, the way they work can't really be learned using plastic toy versions a fraction of their weight.) The big difference, of course, is that kitchen knives never have to cover against and ward off the impacts of other kitchen tools or violently jab and cleave their way through the casings of assorted kitchen appliances. Swords had to do this kind of thing as a matter of regularity, if you follow the analogy.
It doesn't take a great deal of insight or any special culinary training to grasp how the shape and physical dimensions of a blade’s design determines its manner of use. As the saying goes, form comes from function. Anyone can readily pick up a particular kind of kitchen knife and intuitively feel that the wider heavier blade is better to chop with than a slender lighter one. It's no difficulty to notice that a curved edge slices more easily with less effort while the narrow pointy knife pokes into things effortlessly. Again, it's really no different with large fighting blades, at least when it comes to how there application influences their design. Different kinds of swords we're devised by experience to optimally perform different kinds of fighting techniques against general or particular kinds of opponents. Over time, specific fighting actions were then discerned to further optimized their performance. To put it another way, in a circle of positive feedback, good design permits better usage and more experienced usage in turn influences better design. This happens whether it's in the kitchen or in personal combat. Think about it. In a way, the history of swords is right there in your kitchen.