Posts Tagged ‘Cheap’

The DIY Dagger…

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Alright, so this dagger is decidedly *not* a DIY job, but it very well could be:

Pipe Knife Dagger

Pipe Knife Dagger

Technically, this is not a knife, but purely a dagger, as the design is one that is best suited for thrusting, and not much else. However if you had the right tools, this kind of weapon would be dirt cheap to make. You start if with a few basic ingredients, a section of steel pipe, a couple of nuts and bolts, a replacement rubber walking stick foot, a hacksaw, a drill, and a sharpening stone or grinder, mix them all together thoroughly, throw in  a healthy quantity of  elbow grease, and voila! you have a pipe dagger.

OK… that didn’t sound as simple as I thought it would. So don’t go trying this at home. But you get the idea. Actually when I first laid eyes on it I thought it was some sort of cheap, mass produced bayonet. Hey, don’t laugh…  Wouldn’t be the first time some poor infantry unit got cheap equipment… :/

Pipe Knife Dagger – [eBladeStore]

Another Copycat Blade…

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I am a big fan of shirasaya patterned swords, even though the design was originally developed for storage, rather than actual use. I find them such simple, clean designs. No muss, no fuss, no ornate furniture, no complex tsuka-maki, etc. I just really like the clean lines of the design.

However there are tactical disadvantages to using shirasaya styled sword furniture when compared to traditional sword designs. Obviously, without tsukamaki, your grip on the tsuka will not be as good. And without a guard, you are limited in the number of ways you can parry a strike. However these issues can be mitigated via training, and in the end, they become no more or less difficult to use than the purpose built shikomizue.

But I’m rambling. The real reason why I brought up the subject is because I ran into another shikomizue styled blade:

Custom Ninja Sword aka Sasukes Kusanagi Grass cutter

Custom Ninja Sword aka Sasukes Kusanagi Grass cutter

This interesting little blade, modestly called a Custom Anime Ninja Sword, bears a striking resemblance to a sword from a previous post. None other than Sasuke Uchihas’ Kusanagi Grass Cutter (aka Kusanagi no Tsurugi) from the anime Naruto! Obviously this is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that a sword company decided to make a copy of a cool anime sword. But as cheap rip offs go, this one is a pretty good likeness.

About the only differences between this and the original is that this one lacks the signature Uchiha clan fan symbol on the Tsuka, it has a cheap cast habaki, and the point is a sharply angled tanto point, as opposed to a traditional katana point. But it has a straight black blade, just like the orignial, a feature that I absolutely love, and the long, straight white saya with the rectangular cross section with the black racing stripe down the middle.

I think that black stripe adds like 9000 points to the hit strength of the sword, but I could be wrong. 🙂

Sasuke’s Kusanagi Grass Cutter (aka Kusanagi no Tsurugi) rip off – [True Swords]

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