Posts Tagged ‘Hand’

Meet… the Viscerator.

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I recently came across another wrist mounted fantasy blade, much in the tradition of the Flying Dragon Claw, Critical Mass and Critical Mass II I blogged about many moons ago. This one was begging to be blogged because I ran into the same weapon on two (count ’em, 2) separate weapons sites, under two different names:

The Fire Guardian / Viscerator

Fire Guardian / Viscerator
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What we have here folks, is a weapon that seems to have been living two lives. One life, a good and honorable Fire Guardian. The other life, a cruel and heartless Viscerator. One of these lives has a future… and one of them does not…


OK, if you actually picked up on the fact that the last paragraph includes lines from “The Matrix” then you aren’t in any position to mock me because you are just as much a nerd as I.

But getting back to the topic at hand, (or on hand, as it were) this Viscerator is a multi bladed weapon. It has a large blade above, attached to a handle bracketed on either side by two smaller blades, and above on either side, a set of long black s-curved blades.

Extending rearward, we have what looks to be a set of rather menacing spikes, a short one above, and a long one below, with a wrist trap attached on either side of the the junction between the bottom rear spike and the main bracket of the whole contraption. Though a little large and probably heavy, I could see this weapon being quite handy for underground, to-the-death cage fighting, much like the others.

However looking at that long rear spike, I am tempted to say that “Viscerator” is a good name for this weapon. Simply because it could very well eviscerate it’s wielder while in use. Talk about having no future. Epic Phail…

A Fearsome Claw…

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Of the various kinds of blades I have come across, I think that finger-mounted blades are the rarest. And for good reason. The human finger, as a general rule, is one of the weakest appendage that we have. We just can’t generate a lot of power from our fingers. And because of their relative frailty, they tend to break if stressed in the wrong way, and at stresses far beneath what a fist, wrist or arm could handle.

But that being said, they are not entirely useless as a bladed weapons platform. They can be used to hold light blades or points for low impact/low stress applications. And with this next weapon, I could see someone making use of their finger power to full effect. Plus it gets extra points for just looking mean:

Iron Reaver Claw
Iron Reaver Claw - Black
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This claw, is essentially a finger mounted blade, much like Neko-Te only bigger. And meaner. And more than likely, much more lethal. This weapon is actually two finger claws in one. At the tip of the fingers, you have a sharp point, and on the back of the base of the finger band, another, larger blade is attached.

This method of support, using the whole finger, and having two points and one blade, gives this an advantage over Neko-Te in the lethality department, and having that large blade on top at the base of the finger means that you could leverage the lateral support of the other fingers by forming a sort of “Tiger Claw”, holding the fingers together.

Though you would have to be careful not to puncture your palm with the sharp point at the fingertip, This would allow for some significantly more powerful thrusts and slashing attacks with the larger blade of this weapon, on a level that could not be achieved by a set of Neko-Te.

And the aesthetics aren’t bad either. The overall design is quite interesting, looking for all the world like the claw of a dragon. And the fact that this comes in a black blade as well as a polished one doesn’t hurt. It would be interesting to see how intimidating this would look if someone were to get a set of six of these, and wear 3 on each hand… Wicked…

Iron Reaver Claw – [True Swords]

Your Sword, Sir William?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Today we are going old school. I ran across this sword not too long ago, and thought it was another great example of classic medieval sword design. Much like the Black Italian Bastard Sword I posted about a while back. Except that this sword is fairly simple. No gimmicks, no fancy ironwork, just a great sword

Sir William Marshall Sword - Damascus

Sir William Marshall Sword - Damascus

I think I like this sword for same reasons as the Italian Bastard Sword. It is a simple, straightforward and strong design. Aesthetically, I do not find it as pleasing as the Italian bastard sword is. Perhaps because in straight swords, I tend prefer blades whose width does not change drastically from hilt to tip. In this sword, there is quite a large difference. However what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in simplicity, functionality and contrast.

The blade is of a standard tapered design. Not one of my favorites, but in this case, not too bad. A prominent fuller runs almost the entire length of the dark Damascus steel blade (this comes in both polished steel as well as Damascus), both to increase stiffness and reduce weight. The cross guard is a simple polished bar. Barring my personal issues with the change in width of the blade, it is, overall a great blade.

Sir William Marshall Sword - Polished

Sir William Marshall Sword - Polished

The grip is wrapped in black leather, interwoven with black leather strips, I’m betting more to improve traction, and non-slip qualities than for any aesthetic purposes, although it does look quite good. And it is all capped of by a simple polished round pommel.

Simplicity and functionality at it’s best. And even though from a visual standpoint, the Damascus steel blade is a big plus in my book (though the Damascus blade does come at a premium over the regular steel blade version), the fact that it is simply a strong and versatile sword steel makes it more of a functional improvement, than an design one.

This would be for the knight who wanted a sword that just worked. That could be depended upon. And you really couldn’t go wrong with this.

Sir William Marshall Sword – [Hanwei Shop]

A predatorial axe…

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I have always been a fan of axes. And though I do like large ones, I’d have to say that I’m particularly partial to the smaller, lighter, melee style axes. Especially throwable ones like the Hurlbat or the Beil-Ax. Or those that have a decidedly wicked bent to their design. Like this one:

The War Shark Axe

The War Shark Axe

As you can see, this axe has not been named in vain. Though the design is relatively simple, the sharks fin motif has been implemented in a fairly comprehensive, tasteful and practical way.

The fins are not necessarily just for show. The way they have been implemented is such that this axe could be used as a great parrying weapon, with the small “fins” on the spine used to trap an opponents weapon. And I’m sure the large shark fin on the rear of the axe head could be used to lethal effect against other weapons, probably even armor.

The shark fin extending down from the pommel might actually make this weapon a little difficult to throw, because of the propensity for it to get hooked upon the throwing hand, which is the only detractor I can see, however, it could definitely come in handy during close-in combat.

All in all, an aesthetically pleasing and practical melee weapon design. Certainly a weapon worthy of the notorious, strange and mythical, medieval land shark… Yeah. Ok. I made that last part up. But the axe is wicked cool nonetheless…

War Shark Axe – [Medieval Weapon Art]

Yet Another Uber Battledome Blade!

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

In a previous post we looked at an out-of-left-field hand blade by Tom Anderson, another killer blade designer, called Critical Mass. Well, I found yet another revision of this freaky blade type, looking for all the world like it belonged on the set of Mad Max…

Critical Mass II - Tom Anderson

Critical Mass II - Tom Anderson

Now this weapon is a bitter sweet comeback to me, because although it appears to me to be an improvement on the original Critical Mass design in many areas, it also takes a step backwards in a few others others.

For instance, on the original Critical Mass, the handle was placed fairly far forward, and had a “hood” that extended far enough back that it rested on the users forearm. Though this design left your actual hand exposed, it allowed for a great deal of control of the weapon. On this weapon, although the hand is pretty much covered, it pretty much stops there. You have much less leverage, and therefore less control.

And then there is the mounting point for that front blade on Critical Mass II. I’ve never understood why you would make a fairly wide blade, and then weaken it at the attachment point by narrowing it just before the hilt. Again the first version did not suffer any such weaknesses.

An Ornamental Katar

An Ornamental Katar

Of course I would be remiss not to mention that the basic weapon design does appear to have at least superficial similarities to a perhaps much more practical weapon, called the Katar. The Katar is a punch-blade style weapon of Indian decent. Some of them have mechanically actuated split blades, also called “Scissor Katars”, and yet another variety called the “Hooded Katar” have a shield over the back of the hand. Given also that it would probably be a lighter and faster weapon, I would probably prefer to use a split-blade hooded Katar if given a choice, over either Critical Mass weapon.

Video Game Scissors Katar

Video Game Scissors Katar

Nonetheless Critical Mass II does have a lot of strong points. Literally. It is simpler and the blades are much more effectively placed than in the first. It is probably also lighter and faster than the first. It provides much better hand protection, though it could have benefit from an extended hood for both forearm protection and extra support and control.

But given the sweet lines of those, oh-so-beautiful black blades, the menacing spikes on the guard, and the overall no nonsense look of the piece, I’d say it’s a winner. I dare you to disagree. I dare ya. I double dog dare ya. I triple dog dare ya… Yeah… Whatever.

Critical Mass by Tom Anderson – [The Collectors Edge]

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