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Back to Basics…

Friday, July 17th, 2009

It’s been a while since i’ve posted anything about a simple sword, so when I ran across this one, it said to me: “Phyre… It is time.”

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana

This is the Death Talon Katana. Really nothing fancy. All understated, a few nice simple styling cues. Otherwise all business. And that’s what I like about it.

The blade is your regular Japanese Katana fare, long, curved, single edged, with a rather unusually smooth curve to the kissaki. AND, unlike many of the other abominations I’ve blogged about in the past, this one has a nice, simple fuller. No pointless cutouts, no cross drilling, no slots, just a nice, well designed blade.

The habaki, and tsuba are both finished in flat black, the small tsuba sporting a single, simple, upward curving black talon. My kind of simplicity in design. The tsuka is equally simply finished, with a simple black cord wrap. Interestingly, the grip does not carry the traditional Japanese tsuka-maki, or grip cross wrapping, opting instead for a simple spiral cord wrap. But it fits the simplicity of the swords design well. The pommel of the sword is capped with an equally flat black kashira.

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana - Sword Detail

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana - Sword Detail

The top and the bottom of the Satin black saya are also simply decorated with an open delta, and the saya itself is attached to a Blade style back carry strap system. Pretty cool. Even the name, while a bit ambitious, is not actually misleading either. A ninja, might, in fact use a Katana like this.

All in all, a simple, no muss, no fuss, no nonsense design.

Me llikey.

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana – [True Swords]

A Killer Metal Scorpion

Friday, May 15th, 2009

A long while back I blogged about the continuing trend in the collectible blade industry of forging creatures of nature, both mythical and real, of steel. And of course, one of the more common forms of this form of art, for lack of a better word, is that of insects. Mean little critters too. Like black widow spiders. And wasps. and, of course, scorpions:

The Death Stalker

The Death Stalker

Yes. This, my friends. is a death stalker. Whatever that is. I really don’t know. But I can tell you what it looks like. A giant metal scorpion, designed to be worn on the arm, and intended to intimidate all but the most stalwart of heart.Or a suicidal underground, to-the-death cage fighter. Your choice.

It is actually quite an interesting design really. A new species. A metal plated hybrid scorpion. And I say a hybrid scorpion, because it looks like it has a cross between a vampire, a human and a violator (from Spawn, if you are curious)  for a head. This attached to a set of what looks like evil black steel claws that curve backwards into an evil forward pointing saw toothed edged back plate, sporting  an equally menacing, and deeply curving black stinger at the rear. All the better to spike you with.

And all of this appears to be riveted to what looks like a cast metal base to which a simple handle has been attached, so as to fool a prospective wearer that they might actually have control of this thing by grabbing the handle. The poor unsuspecting sap. I pity the fool who would dare try to wield this monstrosity. There will only be stings to be had. I can almost gaaa-ruun-teee it.

But at least you’d look good what getting clawed to death by your own arm weapon. Just don’t say nobody told you so… 🙂

Death Stalker – [True Swords]

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