I Studied the Blade


What does I Studied the Blade mean?

I studied the blade is a popular catchphrase, originating from the line “while you were partying, I studied the blade”.

The expression is mostly used in copypastas, paired with photos of people wielding katanas.

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What's the origin of I Studied the Blade?

An early instance of the expression occurred on Reddit on January 26th, 2016, when a Reddit user uploaded an image macro to the r/justneckbeardthings subreddit.

The image depicted a man, bowing his head while unsheathing a katana, paired with a lengthy caption:

“When you were partying, I studied the blade. When you were having premarital sex, I mastered the blockchain. While you wasted your days at the gym in pursuit of vanity, I cultivated inner strength. And now that the world is on fire and the barbarians are at the gate you have the audacity to come to me for help.”

Spread & Usage

How did I Studied the Blade spread?

The format would become popular on Facebook, where “I studied the blade” became a popular choice of words for those wishing to pose with brandished cutlasses.

Screenshots of these Facebook posts would then become viral posts on the r/justneckbeardthings subreddit, as well as Tumblr and Instagram.

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