Scandinavia and the World

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Hot Tea 21 2, 4:45pm

'@Joggar' yeah. There is some variation throughout the history, but samurai were first and foremost feudal land owners and administrators who didn't have to fight often or at all. Even when they went to war, they would bring conscripted peasants with them. Just like with knights, popular attention is directed towards single combat using swords, when in fact most of the work was done by foot soldiers with spears and bows.
If you want an example of really violent groups of people, Swiss and German mercenaries of 15-16th centuries would be a better fit.

As for fragile cups, you can look up what "eggshell" or bone porcelain is. Thin-walled ceramic cups are difficult to make and would be more rare and expensive status symbols, particularly in pre-industrial times.