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More Kooky Khukuris…

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

In the comments of the post before last, I was asked by a friend what kind of sword I would pick for personal defense/offense were the world to be suddenly plunged into a post apocalyptic state where firearms no longer worked. My answer?: A Japanese Katana.

However it was a rather incomplete answer. In reality, I would not be limited to 1 weapon, and even if we retained the artificial “no firearms” limitation there would still be quite a number of considerations that would go into how many weapons I would carry and which ones. It is a topic I think worthy of a dedicated post.

However today, I thought I’d talk about one of the specific kinds of knives I might carry around with me for utility and defense purposes. Namely, a Gurkha Khukuri (aka Kukri) . Or a variation thereof:

Alice’s Khukuri

Alice's Kukri
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Now the observant movie going folk among you might be asking: “Isn’t that emblem on the blade from “The Umbrella Coporation”?” Indeed it is. And the reason is because this particular Khukuri is a replica of the pair of Khukuri used by Milla Jovovichs character “Alice” from the “Resident Evil: Extinction” movie. In the movie, she worked those Khukuri like there was no tomorrow. I suppose it would be accurate to say she was trying to ensure that there actually was a tomorrow, and being suitably motivated to do so, well, I’m sure you get the picture… πŸ™‚

Interestingly, the Khukuri has made an appearance in other post apocalyptic movies, such as “Cyborg” (one of Jean Claude Van Damme’s characters favorite weapons) and “Waterworld” (Kevin Costners “Mariner” used one to rather terminal effect). Now while the movies are a great (but sometimes unrealistic) showcase for the Khukuris flexibility, there are actually a lot of good real world reasons why a Khukuri would be a great blade to have as part of your arsenal in a post apocalyptic world.

The Khukuri is actually a very flexible and capable weapon design. It is a large knife with a stout spine, that carries all of it’s weight at the top half of a forward canted blade, making it an excellent chopping tool. But the unusually angled top half of the blade still retains a strong, sweeping cutting edge, so it is also a great cutting weapon, though not in the same way that a Katana is. And while thrusting isn’t really it’s forte, it does have enough point to be used for stabbing action. Although some of the more contemporary designs marginalize that particular weakness:

Kukrage (Paul Ehlers)

Paul Ehlers
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Notice the sharp point, the knuckle guard, the saw back spine? Most of these features you’d find on your average survival knife. But here they are in Khukuri form. And its all black! Ha! Now this is a Khukuri I’d love to have, come the apocalypse!!

Yet an additional advantage of the Khukuri is it’s packaging. It is actually a fairly compact design, for what it can do. It is shorter and than a machete, but because of it’s stout, top heavy design, can be used like one. And it’s rugged build would make it suitable for the many tasks that you would not want to abuse a Katana blade with. A large bowie knife might also have fit this bill, but, no offense to the bowie purists among you, a Khukuri just feels balanced better to me, and looks a whole lot cooler… πŸ˜›

So while it might not be my primary combat blade, it would certainly be a great utility blade. With offensive capabilities. A good all around, general purpose blade. I’d never leave home without it… πŸ˜‰

The contemporary ninja.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I’ve done a few posts in the past on ninjas and ninja weapons, so if you’ve spent any time on this blog, you’ll know that ninjas are a favorite topic of mine. I found an interesting weapon which raises a thorny philosophical question about ninjas, but I’ll save my little diatribe until after you’ve seen the weapon that inspired it:

The Shinobi Blade Runner

Shinobi Blade Runner
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This, my dear friends, is a (supposedly) modern ninja sword. And it certainly looks the part. It’s got a really cool futuristic looking perforated black cylindrical grip, with a polished pommel. The scabbard also features a cylindrical design, with matching perforations at it’s bottom end.

The guard is equally modern looking, featuring two semicircular sectors with, you guessed it, perforations, and and two cutouts directly opposite each other to accommodate a cool little sub sheath attached to the scabbard, that hides yet another small blade.

Shinobi Blade Runner

The blade, well, it’s pretty par for the course as ninja blades go, featuring the standard single edged straight blade with a sharply angled chisel point style tip. Nothing to phone home about. It’s all been pretty well done though, and it’s name, Shinobi Blade Runner, conjures up images of a futuristic ninja, stalking the streets of the future with this trusty Shinobigatana on his back…

And it is exactly at that point when the obsessive compulsive nerd in my head politely, but really annoyingly, decides to interject: “I have a question!” he wheezes, raising his hand with a smug grin, “Why would a modern ninja even use a sword?” Dagnabbit! Good question. That annoying little geek has a point. Because, you see, unlike a Samurai, a ninja is not duty or honor bound to use his sword.

The ninja viewed his weapons, including his sword, as tools. Nothing more, nothing less. In fact, a ninja used whatever tools were available to get the job done. Roofing tiles, washers nails, sticks, garden trowels, whatever. Now back in feudal Japan, a sword was a very useful tool indeed. However, if there was a better one, they would have used it. Well guess what! There are. They’re called combat knives and firearms. *Gasp!* No!

Yes. Or, even closer to traditional ninja form, silenced firearms. You see, a sword is an almost pointless tool today, because it’s too large, ungainly, and conspicuous. And standing out is generally anathema to a good ninjas modus operandi. Today, they would use one or two smaller, more easily concealable combat knives, and a few, easily concealed, silenced hand guns. No need for a sword whatsoever.

Hence the annoying little voice in my head. Yes, this weapon is cool. It just that the idea of such a weapon makes no sense. And the little dweeb in my head knew that full well, long before he even raised his scrawny little hand. I would insert a ninja in there to shut him up, but he’d probably have to kill the stupid little dork.

Maybe if I armed the ninja with a taser… πŸ˜€

Shinobi Blade Runner – [Red Dragon Sword Co.]

The Grim Reaper shows a little style.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Custom knife designers are known for thier off-the-wall creations. And some are more off-the-wall than others. And then there are those who just steal weapons designs from other sources. I’m sure you are all familiar with Death. Yes. Death.
You know, the tall, sombre, enigmatic figure, suffering from a rather extreme case of chronic bulimia, in the black robe with the over-sized scythe, that purportedly reaps our souls when we die? AKA the Grim Reaper? Well today we will be looking at a weapon, by crazy knife designer Tom Anderson, that, from the looks of it, was stolen from the grim reapers weapons locker:

The Kultovator

Kultovator - Tom Anderson
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Well what can I say. Lets take it from the top. This is a half size scythe, with a half sized blade, presumably to make close quarters soul reaping easier. And it’s got a lot of cool modern touches. The blade is wickedly hooked, beak like, almost like an oversized Kama blade. All the better to reap you with. And the head is just fantastic. The three rearward spikes, the futuristic black and white patterned cheek of the weapon, it’s all so very contemporary in a “Death for the new Millennium” kind of way.

Below that, however, it all goes freaky really, really, fast. The shaft of this scythe looks almost like someones spine was used as the shaft. And capped of by a skull. Quite possibly from the same unfortunate soul who became the shaft. All very gruesome. In a cool, dark kind of way, of course. Not that I’m trying to make light of a weapon of Death. I do, in fact, have a very well developed sense of self preservation. (In spite of how I may come across.)

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but it looks to me as though the grim reaper has been experimenting with a new Scythe design. And you can tell from the name that Tom Anderson TOTALLY ripped off the Grim Reaper. (Like how I did that little redirection? Sweet right? Yeah. Now old man Death can be mad at Mr, Anderson instead. Uh huh. I’m good like that.) Come on Kultovator? Like Kultovating Souls for reaping? OK, so that was reaching a bit. But I still say he stole a page from the reapers playbook…

The Kultovator by Tom Anderson – [Red Dragon Swords]

A Mutant Khukuri.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

If you are a fan of the X-Men comic book series, saturday morning cartoons or movies, you’ll probably be aware of the kind of cool things that a mutant can do. Obviously this isn’t a comic book blog, so no, I’m not posting about X-Men. Unless one of them happens to have a cool sword that some knife designer decides to produce.

However what if you could have mutant weapons? Well that would be a whole new ball game wouldn’t it. And when I saw this weapon, “It’s a Mutant!” was the first thing that sprang to mind:

Fantasy Dual Swords

fantasy Dual Swords
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Yup, yup. It’s a mutant. Trust me. What was it before it’s x-gene was activated? I’ll tell you. It was a Khukuri. What’s a Khukuri? Ah, well let’s take a trip into the history of British Nepal and India. The Khukuri is a traditional knife used by the Gurkhas of Nepal and Northern India. The Gurkhas were recruited by the british army for their bravery, resilience and strength, and each Gurkha soldier carried with him a Khukuri knife. Eventually this unique knife became known as the Gurkha knife, aka the Gurkha Khukuri.

A Gurkha Khukuri

A Gurkha Kukri

Above is a traditional Gurkha Khukuri. If you ever watched WaterWorld with Kevin Costner, who played the role of the Mariner, (who was coincidentally, also a mutant), this is the knife he used to dispatch a rather unruly seafarer during the movie.

Now the Khukuri above has been polished to a mirror shine, which is not typical. But I”ll bet you can see a resemblance to it’s mutant form? See it? Huh? I thought so. Now given that the Khukuri is a fairly lethal weapon in it’s own right, it makes all kind of sense for there knife makers to produce several variants of this blade design, some of which I will probably blog about in the near future. However, this fantasy design really caught my eye.

As you can see, this mutant Khukuri carries the basic shape of a Khukuri, with several modifications. It is longer, with a narrower blade with in proportion to the original. The fantasy design also eschews a wood or horn grip for a full tang cord wrap. Also there is a divot in the spine of the mutant with a short connecting bar, also sporting a cord wrap. This I’m not too happy with, as it introduces a structural weakness into the blade that is really unnecessary. But that is my only major gripe.

The fine point sweeps down to a rearward hook just before the aforementioned divot, which is a nice touch. And the cord wrapped handle and integrated finger guard is equally interesting, conforming to a mild s-shape, probably intended to perform the same function as the sharp, 20-degree dogleg in the blade of the original Khukuri was designed for, which is to make the chopping edge meet the target as flat as possible without the need to bend the wrist. This makes for a much more powerful chopping stroke. In addition to this, the fine point and s-shaped grip could actually allow this to be used as a decent stabbing weapon, which is an ability that the original Khukuri was severely lacking.

From an aesthetic stand point, this design makes for a very futuristic looking Khukuri. A Khukuri that is an advanced evolution of the original. Hence, I have dubbed it “The Mutant Khukuri”. Regardless of what anyone else calls it, it will always be a cool “Mutant Khukuri” to me…

Mutant Khukuri (Fantasy Dual Swords) – [Collectors Edge]

Introducing The “PhaserBlade”…

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

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! πŸ™‚ ) That’s what finally won me over…

Photon – [Collectors Edge]

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