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A mutant set of wolverine-like claws…

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Those of you who are fans of the X-Men will undoubtedly know of Wolverine and his infamous adamantium claws. Now I came across a weird set of blades, and the first thing I thought to my self was, if wolverine ever underwent some kind of crazy, out-of-control, mutation, this is probably what his claws would turn into:

Razor Warrior

Razor Warrior
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And No, in case you are wondering, I don’t think this was intended to be some kind of uber wolverine claw replica. At least it doesn’t seem that way. But then again… Either way, it is an interesting take on the whole hand held claw weapon thing.

As with all the other Wolvie style dealios, we have three primary blades, but that is pretty much where the similarities stop. The blades on these are actually dual tiered, with the bottom blades conforming somewhat to the original Wolvie design, with a few modifications, such as slots cut into the blade, as well as a wider ovoid grip.

The grip is an interesting departure from the norm, since it also includes two polished end pieces that allow for an extended grip that give each finger a grip area, as opposed to most of the others, where only the middle three fingers are used, or you have a knuckle-duster like design. In addition to providing additional side protection for your valuable little piglets, I’d imagine this would be a much more comfortable arrangement.

Speaking of which, the second tier of the weapon features a set of short smaller sub blades with an interesting twist. The rear of the top blades are connected by a bar that looks like it is intended to rest over the back of your hand when being wielded. Now this is an immense improvement over the other designs, which either featured no anti-rotational design aspects, or incorporated nubs that just as likely wear holes into the skin between your knuckles.

All in all, though this makes no claim to being a Wolvie claw, it seems to have been the most ergonomically designed variant I have yet seen, and would have been more justified than most to be given the honorary “Wolvie claw” title…

Awww, who am I kidding. I would probably have complained that this looked nothing at all like Wolverine claws, if they had named it such. I guess there is no pleasing fanatics. But it still gets props for being the one wolvie-like claw weapon most likely to be used by yours truly, were I ever given a choice between the lot.

However the designer still gets demerits for being unable to come up with any display stand design that would have been an improvement on the freakin’ farm tractor deal they’ve got going on here… Srsly… ๐Ÿ˜›

Razor Warrior – [Collectors Edge]

Vamp Hunts and Dhampirs and Swords… Oh My…

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

You may recall, many posts ago, (if you have been following along) I mentioned how many vampire slaying stories have a Dhampir, or half vampire (in contemporary media also called a “Daywalker”) as the lead protagonist, using their vampirically enhanced abilities in conjunction with their ability to resist factors that would traditionally kill normal vampires (such as daylight) as weapons against their full vampire foes.

Well, today we have the weapons of yet another such protagonist for scrutiny. The blades of none other than Rayne, vampire slaying femme fatale from the game BloodRayne:

Bloodrayne – Raynes Blades

Bloodraynes Blades
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Just look at those curves. A long, double edged blade sporting a set of complex curves that just don’t stop, but somehow manage to end in a wicked looking point. And yes, I am referring to the blade, though Rayne isn’t exactly lacking in that department either, if you just so happen to be into haemophages and such. But most definitely my kind of blade. It’s a thing of beauty. I’ve loved the contours of this blade from the first second I saw them in the game.

While these are a rather evil pair of blades, they are not without their faults. For one thing, they are huge! Not the kind of thing that would be easy to carry around. But of course for the career vampire killer, there is always a good, and often unique, solution for such problems. Unfortunately the replica above, while the most practical I have seen, just does not do them justice. So I shall have to resort to game art. Let me show you what the harness for these blades are supposed to look like:

Bloodrayne 2 Game blades

Bloodrayne 2 Blades
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Above is a pic of the dead sexeh duo themselves, Rayne and her blades. Totally killer. Literally. ๐Ÿ™‚ As you can see, she’s got quite the set up going with those blades. A dual band bracer gauntlet setup, with the blades attached to a special swiveling hinge that allows for two degrees of vampire slashing freedom of rotation. In the game, she’s also able to lock the blades out of the way up by her elbows when she isn’t using them. No scabbard required.

But like I said, all is not perfect. As you can see from the pic, there really doesn’t seem to be a locking mechanism built into these things. So the whole locking thing is suspect to me. Not to mention that based on these pics, she would be locking it with the larger blade facing inwards. In my book, having a few razor edged feet of steel next to my skin would not be the preferred way to stow a blade. In fact it would make me downright nervous.

But then again she is a Dhampir, so she can probably afford to be hard core like that. Gotta respect any women who knows how to handle her blades like Rayne does… ๐Ÿ™‚

Raynes Blades from BloodRayne – [King of Swords]

A Sweet Dragon Crossbow

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Today we have yet another entry into Phyreblades Crossbow archives:

Medieval Dragon Crossbow

Medieval Dragon Crossbow
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Now this is a sweet crossbow. It was made to replicate traditional crossbow design, however whoever made this put a lot of work into embellishing it with a Japanese styled dragon theme. And I must say, it does not disappoint.

The crossbow follows the standard design, except that the maker made the front, sides and bottom of the stock in the image of a dragon, replete with scales, whiskers and all:

Closeup – Medieval Dragon Crossbow

Medieval Dragon Crossbow
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Here’s a picture of the underside of the crossbow, showing the detail of the scales and whiskers of the dragon:

Bottom – Medieval Dragon Crossbow

Medieval Dragon Crossbow.
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All in all a very beautiful piece of work. I can sum it up in one word: Awesome.

Medieval Dragon Crossb0w – [All Things Medieval]

A Killer Energy Sword

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Today we venture yet again into the world of replica video game weapons, and a hobbyists interpretation of a weapon from the wildly popular video game HALO:

Energy Blade from HALO

Halo Energy Blade
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Now obviously, this is not an energy blade. This is what the original energy blade in halo looked like:

HALO – Elite Covenant Energy Blade

Halo Elite Covenant Plasma Sword
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A very interesting concept, in the game, the Energy Blade (AKA Plasma Sword) is formed from a coronal energy discharge of some sort that worked in a similar fashion to that of a light saber. Anything touching the edge would be instantly superheated, which made it the equivalent of a hot knife through butter, except that pretty much everything else was butter… But I digress.

Since we obviously have not the technology to replicate plasma blades (or light sabers for that matter), the enterprising replica maker decided to use good old steel. A rather large chunk of stainless steel, in fact,ย  polished to a mirror shine. So no, it may not be a plasma blade, but yes, this could be almost as lethal as the real thing, were it to actually exist. Here’s another shot of the handywork:

Halo Energy Blade

Halo Energy Blade
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Boy, look at the shine on that baby. I tell ya, I really wish the commercial production replica houses would put this much energy into making quality replicas of game and movie blades. They might end up being more expensive, but they would be worth every penny…

Halo Energy Blade (Covenant Elite Plasma Sword) – [Lionhearts Realm]

An Automatic Knife on Steroids…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

A couple of months back I encountered a very interesting automatic, spring loaded, blade design from the movie SAW. Now I have never seen SAW, or any of it’s sequels, so I hadn’t been privy to the various supposedly gruesome weapons that the movies featured, but I will say, I might go see all of them, just to see weapons like this in action:

Saw Blade Gauntlet
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Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a big fan of people being killed. Especially not in the purportedly gruesome ways that the movie depicts. Though from what I have read, the series illustrate a complex subtext about the raw, cold hearted drive of pain and vengeance, humanity, self sacrifice and survival. As a student of the human psyche, that might be one of the main reasons I might go and see this film. To be honest, that’s not entirely true. I really just want to see the weapons… ๐Ÿ˜› But, as usual, I digress.

We are here today because I am a huge fan of blade aesthetics and mechanics. And this blade has a healthy portion of both. I was very impressed both by the aesthetics of the blade, as well as the with the amount of work that went into the mechanical aspects of it’s construction. It incorporates a lot of ideas I have kicked about in my head for many, many years, as well as a few I had not thought of.

Now the page I found this described it as a nonworking replica prop from the movie, but to anyone with a mechanical frame of mind can see how this blade was designed to operate, and boy is it a thing of beauty. Of course, given that this was from a hollywood movie, the fabricators who originally came up with the design had the funds to build whatever they wanted, and it shows in the way it is constructed.

There are a lot of parts and fabrication that went into this design that your average garage fabricator might find difficult to duplicate unless they are excellent welders and machinists. For instance look at the deployment mechanism. The little “spidey paddle” mechanism is affixed to the gauntlet via a custom fabricated pivot point welded to a flange on blade carrier bracket. a very nice job, with the paddle custom bent to fit the contours of the wearers wrist and hand.

Not that this mechanism is terribly complex or anything like that, but the rail delivery system is unique in the world of such weapons, and overall the fit, finish and attention to detail are superb. Much better than what most of us would be able to come up with in our garages. Not that we aren’t trying.

A good knife maker friend of mine, Sinza who is probably even more inspired by these kind of weapons than I am, has a site dedicated to his knives, and a forum dedicated to the construction of weapons like these. If you fancy a peek at what can be done with common household fixtures and parts from home depot, mosey on down to the forum for a gander. He’s got a pretty cool collection automatics to boot.

Sadly, the SAW blade gauntlet got pulled from the shelves almost as soon as it was made available. Still don’t know for sure why, but my guess would be reasons related to either copyright issues or irrational fears. But in any case, things like these, Wolverines claws, glaives, multi tools, combo weapons, all the unique and wonderful gadgets James Bond ever got from Q, etc., are things that have fueled my imagination for decades. So I’m always stoked to see something this cool, that isn’t just movie magic…

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