I've been watching Claymore. I haven't read the manga yet.

Number 8, Flora:

She's the fastest there is at unsheathing, slashing, and sheathing back her claymore.

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As you can see, she unsheathes, slashes, and sheathes back so fast that the image of her hand seems to be static, whereas a bunch of slashes appear around the target.

But wait.

What is the point of sheathing her claymore back while attacking someone? Isn't that a waste of time? Wouldn't it be more useful to unsheathe and then slash countless times rather than sheathing back her claymore during a fight?

Proof that she's indeed sheathing after X amount of slashes:

This scene below lasts for several seconds. This means that she must continuously sheathe her claymore, otherwise this image effect wouldn't be possible: enter image description here

  • would not call it counterproductive, also can you provide any reference she really sheathes her sword after each slash? because she could also unsheathe, slash, slash, [...], sheathe (and as far as i understood it is that way) – Vogel612 Jun 27 '13 at 8:10
  • @Vogel612: There, I've found a reference, and also modified the title. – Omega Jun 27 '13 at 8:47

There's actually a fencing style based entirely on the drawing of the sword called Iaijutsu. For a reference, the Ukyo Tachibana character from the game, "Samurai Shodown" uses this technique, drawing the sword as a form of attack and re-sheathing the blade all in one move. There is also Iaido, "a modern Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard." Though in practice, the Iaido isn't a super fast movement. But again, the emphasis is on the sheathed sword being a starting point, so in order to perform another move, the sword has to be re-sheathed.

The Iaijutsu article mentions that there is two postures for executing the technique, the standing position or the kneeling position, but both involve the sword being sheathed and using the drawing of the sword as a strike. Obviously, there's no real world instance of someone doing this as fast as Flora, but the technique is that the starting point of the strike is from a sheathed sword.

Other well known users of this technique (though not necessarily the only technique that is used):

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  • Do you know if in the manga they talk about Flora's fencing style? – Omega Jun 27 '13 at 20:40
  • @Omega they talk about it as the "Windcutter" and go into a bit of detail about how it works, but I don't recall ever explaining why such a technique was used. There's definitely no mention of "Iaijutsu" or anything like that in the manga as far as I recall. – Jon Lin Jun 28 '13 at 2:00

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