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A Mini Ninja Tool Kit.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

And just in case you are wondering, no, I am not talking about a tool kit for little ninjas. Though, as a side note, I am sure they do exist and are just as deadly as their larger counterparts. But no, they will not be the topic of today’s post. Rather I will be talking about ninja weapons. I’m sure you have all seen those gazillion piece ninja sword sets, that have hira shuriken in the guards, small knives, throwing spikes, and blinding powder in the saya, etc. etc, etc. Well, today I ran into a small scale version of that kit. the Ninja Battle Tanto set:

Ninja Tanto Battle Set

Ninja Tanto Battle Set

Yessiree, everything the aspiring ninja might need for a little clandestine action, all in an ultra mobile, compact form factor. Now technically, I think it is inaccurate to call this a “battle” set, since to my knowledge, Ninjas are not traditionally known to engage in “battle” in a traditional sense. They were more the special forces/guerrilla type, experts in asymmetrical warfare. So I prefer to call this the Ninja “tool kit”

And it’s got lots of cool tools. in addition to the cool little jet black, full tang tanto, with a push dagger hidden in the pommel, it’s got a sweet little sheath that holds three bo shuriken, and a small compartment for Tashibishi (aka Caltrops) that could be thrown on the ground to dissuade any pursuers eager to expedite your demise at the completion of a mission. 😀

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of excessive amalgamated accessorization. Putting too many things in one place can cause problems. I can see those bo shuriken getting caught on things as you walked by, maybe even interfering with the deployment of the knife, so I’d probably find a better less snag-likely place to put them. And the same goes for the caltrops box. It’s a cool idea, but I think it would hinder any kind of low profile knife carry. It would also get relocated.

However the push dagger in the grip ois a nice touch, and I really do like the profile of the blade on this tanto. It has the traditional tanto profile, with a false edge which would give it a great combination of both cutting and thrusting ability. Pretty cool design. So, Do a little trimming and relocation of the sheath accessories, and Voila! A nice little ninja EDC kit.

Just the kind of thing any enterprising ninja might need. 😀

Ninja Tanto battle set tool kit – [True Swords]

Don’t make me take off this belt now…

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Show of hands, how many of you have heard a parent or guardian utter the words…”Don’t make me take of this belt…”

Huh… I thought there would be more… There’s just no discipline anymore these days dagnabbit! The world is going to hades in a wicker basket. A pity they let the old punishment die… Was a time detention found you hanging by your thumbs in the dungeons… Man, do I miss the screaming. Bah!

In any case the topic of todays post is not whips, chains and/or thumbscrews. Just belts. One particularly interesting belt. A belt with a blade…

Belt Knife

Belt Knife

Yep, A belt knife! Yeah, I’ll bet non of your parents had one of these… Then it would be like, “Eat your food or I’m gonna hafta cut ya.” Or “Clean up your room. Don’t make me come up there and cutcha!” or the all time favorite: “Child, I will whip of this belt, right here in this mall, and…” You can just imagine the rest… Ah… the good old days… *sigh*

Anyway there are actually a lot of belt knives on the market today if you know where to look. What I found very interesting about this particular design was the very beautiful wood grip. This I do not see very often. Also this belt knife is not a belt buckle, like many other designs and does not require you to remove your belt in order to get to the knife. The knife is stored in a separate sheath area in the belt.

Belt Knife - Deployed

Belt Knife - Deployed

My only complaint would be that the angle of the a blade to the grip is a little odd. However given a choice between no knife and a knife with a funky blade angle, well… there’s really no choice.

As a side note, while this is certainly one of the more stealthy ways to carry a blade on your person at all times, this will *not* make it past any security worth their salt. very few belt knives would. But I thought it was still quite an interesting design nonetheless.

Belt Knife – [True Swords]

Assassins Creed Revisited

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

So It’s been a long time coming, but I thought it might be a good idea to take another look at the retractable blade from Assassins creed, especially since there has been some new art released for the sequel, Assassins Creed 2. Now I stick by my original opinion with respect to the weaknesses of the original, as well as this new but equally complex design, and say that it would really be simpler to just use a single spring loaded blade, with both the blade and the housing structurally designed to eliminate any weaknesses the simpler design might have.

For those of you who may not have run across it yet, there are quite a few places selling replicas of Altairs infamous retractable blade from the first Assassins Creed. I will be posting a link to a place you can get one at the end of the post, for those who are interested. It’s a fiarly simple design, gravity or manual operated (not automatic), but it’s still a fun toy with some neat little tricks. Sinza posted a bunch of pics over at our forum Exotic Automatic. You can pay us a visit over there to see what the inside of one of these looks like.

Assassins Creed - Altairs Retractable Extension Knife

Assassins Creed - Altairs Retractable Extension Knife

But back to the topic at hand. The new design has some interesting new mechanical components not shown in the original, that I thought were good, possibly even  necessary design changes in order for it to work as shown in game, which was a problem that the original design art appeared severely confused about. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Assassins Creed 2 - Extension Blade Schematic 1

Assassins Creed 2 - Extension Blade Schematic 1

Assassins Creed 2 - Extension Blade Schematic 2

Assassins Creed 2 - Extension Blade Schematic 2

Above are a couple of screen caps from the trailer for the new Assassins Creed game, and as you can see, the blade design has undergone a few changes. In the first pic from the trailer, we can see an exploded view of the mechanical components from the original blade. However in the second pic we see a quite different schematic, of the blade, which has a large circular section at the top (or bottom, whichever you prefer) of the housing, next to an even smaller circular bit.

Now if you look closely you can see the large circle has three spokes, which would suggest that we are looking not at the housing, but at the mechanism itself. If this were the case, and that was a gear, then we would be able to see teeth, of which the wheel is distinctly lacking, This all suggests that this is a pulley, which I thought this was an interesting departure from the purported mechanical design of the first blade. Unless you were looking at the videos instead of the multitude of schematic, in which case it would actually make more sense. But I suppose that would all be confusing. 🙂

Anyway, pulleys are fairly easy to make, simple to use, and allow you to perform very large gear reductions in a very small space. This was one of the problems with the old design. It did not adequately describe how you would translate Altairs relatively small hand motion of less than an inch into the 6 or 7 inches of translational motion we see from the blade. Using a set of different sized pulleys however, it suddenly became very plausible. Not that the old design was impossible, it was just a really unlikely design.

Anyway, from the glazed looks many of your eyes have adopted, I suspect my endless ranting about the mechanics of a fictional automatic blade may be boring you to tears, so I I’m just throw the links at you and ponder the vagaries of automatic retractable blades all by myself. My conversations are much more interesting that way anyhow.

So there.

Altairs Sleeved Extension Knife from Assassins Creed – [Museum Replicas]

Altairs Sleeved Extension Knife from Assassins Creed – [StrongBlade]

Official Assassins Creed 2 Site – [Ubisoft]

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