Generally speaking, won't weapon fighters beat non-weapon fighters?
Common sense would dictate that a person with a weapon would beat a person without a weapon assuming that both of those people are at similar levels in power.
So wouldn't that make Yang Guo with his Iron Sword and Ling Wu Chong with his Dugu 9 Swords formidable opponents against palm-based fighters such as Cheung Mo Gei, Kiu Fong and Guo Jing? Or am I missing something here? If that's the case, why didn't YG use his HIS all the time?
Also, no matter how much inner energy you have, wouldn't a slash by a blade cut through your skin and leave a wound???
I can understand that a weakling with a weapon may lose miserably against a weapon-less fighter of much higher inner power. But if two people are matched in inner power, wouldn't the one with a weapon have a huge advantage?
Maybe I'm reading/watching too many Samurai novels and series where a single cut of the blade is fatal (in fact, a sword fight is often decided in only one strike ). With that in mind, wouldn't everyone in wuxia be carrying a weapon just in case they meet someone of equal power?
BTW, Luk Siu Fong can catch Sai Mun Chiu Suet's blade but not everyone has this special ability. It still seems having a weapon is advantageous.
This issue has bugged me for a while!