the only facts we know
Mihawk is the worlds strongest swordman, and he also owns the worlds strongest sword.
Mihawk and shanks had legendary duels.
Mihawk doesnt see shanks as a rival anymore after he lost an arm, hes still his friend though
Last edited by DutchPhoenix; February 12, 2014 at 04:47 AM.
We know Mihawk and Shanks had duels, but who won those duels? Was Mihawk using his strongest sword? Is Mihawk really the strongest swordsman or did he get that title because people assume Shanks isn't that good as he and Mihawk haven't fought?
Didn't Oda state that Shanks' power was still the same even after losing his arm? He even became a Yonkou, which says a lot about his power.
I don't think the strength of the weapon really is of much consequence here. Once haki comes into play even stupid weapons can be deadly. Just look at vergo, his main weapon was an ordinary bamboo cane which was made deadly by his haki. Shanks is a yonko, his weapons should be pretty good and both of them should have pretty insane haki, I doubt it would be the defining aspect of the battle.
I believe Mihawk's power at least equivalent to an admiral if not greater.
I think that Shanks is actually much stronger than Mihawk in terms of sordsmanship, Rayleigh being the former greatest swordsman and having trained shanks but they are childhood rivals and there isn't any real point having both the title of yonko and worlds greatest swordsman.
I believe its that Shanks uses a less orthodox fighting style involving his sword unlike Zoro & Mihawk.
Or rather, that's a possibility.
It was never stated Whitebeard was the greatest staff wielder but let's face it, we've yet to see anybody stronger than WB weilding a staff lol.
This just an idea of course.
Strengths of weapons definitely matter.
Oda isn't the type to go back on his story guidelines and cancel such big things.
He went as far as to give titles to sets of swords:
Wazamono Grade Swords (It is unknown how many there are, but there are plenty)
50 Ryo Wazamono Grade Swords (One of these is the one that Captain Shu destroyed of Zoro's, Tashigi has 2)
21 O Wazamono Grade Swords (Zoro has two of these atm)
12 Saijo O Wazamono Grade Swords (The best of the best, Mihawk's sword is from this pile)
I think your sword strength is definitely relevant.
actual pipe. I guess there is a chance that it is some sort of specially forged pipe specifically meant for combat although I don't think we have much evidence to actually argue that. Its not like sabo is holding back or is just plainly a moron, he uses a literal piece of ordinary garbage to fight the world government (at least until proven otherwise). That is his weapon regardless of whether he fights the admirals or mihawk.... and sabo can presumably use it effectively against anyone. Sabo even already used it to break diamante's sword and diamante himself is actually supposed to be extremely powerful. Great swords are ultimately just a status thing, they stopped being all that the moment garbage became an acceptable and functional weapon. Ultimately the user is far more important than the weapon itself.
Its like saying how strong WB is without using a sword. He isn't relevant to a discussion regarding the "Strongest Swordsman".
Oda has implied the strength of the sword is important.
Otherwise Mihawk wouldn't have one sword from the set of the greatest swords then would he?
For people who are gaining strength through becoming Swordsmen, it is clear that Sword strength is of some kind of importance.
It seems likely that the grade of the sword matters in terms of how strong the sword is.
If for nothing else, when zoro first fought Mihawk way back in east blue and got his ass handed to him, his two regular swords were destroyed by mihawk while his O Wazamono Grade Sword survived the attack.