I was originally going to call this next weapon a gunblade. For reasons that will soon be obvious. Except that it lacked one of the primary features that make a gunblade so: An actual firearm. This blade is simply shaped like a gun. Actually, more like a futuristic hand held laser, or phaser. Hence the name “Phaserblade”. I’m probably going to have to come up with a new name if I run across a combination blade/phaser, but for now it sticks. (Because I say so. Hrrmph.) Allow me to introduce:

The Photon by Paul Ehlers

Photon by Paul Ehlers
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Wicked looking innit? It looks for all the world like some kind of futuristic sci-fi personal phaser. With a nasty point. It’s got a pistol grip handle, on which the back strap splits off from the rest of the grip, it’s got a trigger finger recess and even a trigger guard. It’s just hasta be a futuristic phaser. Just gotta.

Assuming however, that there is no super duper secret super laser shooter in this thing (Hey look at that! I can rhyme!!) From a practical standpoint, this isn’t the most versatile weapon I’ve ever come across. I suppose it would work well as a push dagger, but beyond that, your choices are limited. Of course I doubt the designer had practicality in mind when he came up with this.

Still, even without the ability to stun (or vaporize) unsuspecting peeps from afar, I must admit it’s a pretty cool design. Enough swooshy lines, curves fins and points to make my good graces. Actually just one or two too many. But it still looks cool. And to top it all off, it’s black. Can’t beat black with a baseball bat. (HAH! I’m on a roll! :) ) That’s what finally won me over…

Photon – [Collectors Edge]