Posts Tagged ‘Scimitar’

A Pirates Scimitar.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

OK, so today you’ve got a POP QUIZ!!!

Only one question, Short answer. (Sorry, no multiple choice today. 😛 ) And here’s the question:

What kind of sword do you think a medieval pirate would use? Hmmm? Take a wild guess. Go on. Give it a go. 😀

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BZZZZT!

Wrong.

The correct answer is: “It depends on where said pirates are from.”

HA!

Yes, yes, I know, I’m a bastige. That was a cheap shot. A trick question. And I’m actually quite sure some of you got it right. So… Whatever. What can I say? I just like to throw a few of them out there to keep you on your toes. Somebody’s gotta do it? Right? So why not I? That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. 😀

Anyway the topic of this post is actually related. I have here, a “Pirate’s” sword:

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass

Actually it is called a Fantasy Pirate Cutlass, which is a good thing, because when I think about Pirate swords, my first thought is the stereotypical sword wielded by the classic European vagabonds of the seven seas. The Cutlass. Clearly, however, this sword is *not really* a cutlass. More like a rather ornately finished scimitar.

The curve of the blade, the wide deep clip of the spine just before the point, the cross guard, the hooked pommel, all of these say… “I’m a Scimitar!”. Not “Me Cutlass!” However, seeing as this is a “fantasy” pirate cutlass, anything goes… I guess. So I suppose I should let that go…

Anyway, notwithstanding my prior confusion, I really like the lines of this sword. Obviously it is not as dark as I’d like :D, but I can’t have everything now can I? At least it has a very cool blade, and an interesting hilt to match. The cross guard looks like a set of talons attached to the sword at right angles to each other, with a rather misanthropic looking skull emblazoned in the middle. Not bad looking actually.  🙂

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Hilt

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Hilt

The hilt continues with a studded leather wrap, covering the grip, which features what looks like a simple single choil at the top for added grip/control. The rest of the grip smoothly curves down to the pommel, which features another rather evil looking talon that curves to the front edge of the blade. Also pretty cool.

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Pommel

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Pommel

The stainless steel blade features an interesting rough cast/pitted steel appearance,  which lends a much more “used” feel to the sword. Overall it appears to be a beautiful and aesthetically well executed sword. I like it.

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Skull

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Skull

So, notwithstanding it’s failure to meet my expectations vis-a-vis being a pirates cutlass, all I can say is…

I wish it came in Damascus. Or black. I’m not that picky…

No, really, I’m not. Really… What?

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass – [StrongBlade]

A cool short sword…

Monday, November 30th, 2009

As you should all well know by now, I have an innate bias towards blades of dark, pointy, sharp and curvy nature. However the nature of the sword industry today is such that most swords are made for collectors, and are generally shiny wall hangers. Obviously, this is almost the polar opposite of the kinds of things I look for in a sword. But every now and then, I find one that just speaks to me…

Junglee Short Sword

Junglee Short Sword

Meet the Junglee short sword. A symphony of modern technology melded with beautiful lines that look like they were taken from a few different sword styles. A beautiful curving blade of AUS-8 steel, that looks like a cross between a bowie knife, a scimitar and a khukuri. A blade that widens down towards the hilt into a small integrated guard, and then down to a textured kraton covered grip. All finished in an understated black teflon finish. Absolutely beautiful. I love it.

Now as short swords go, this is indeed a beauty. However I do have some concerns about it. One of them is about the steel. AUS-8, when properly heat treated, can be a great knife steel, possessing qualities similar to 440 stainless. For small knives, they are good, will take and hold an edge well, and provided they are sufficiently thick, are fairly resilient against flexing stresses. However these steels tend to be low carbon, relatively hard, inflexible  steels, so I generally do not like to see them used for swords.

Swords, due to their greater length, do tend to flex a lot more than knives do, and so my concern would be that under hard use, or in cold conditions, this sword could chip or break. A thick blade can generally help avoid possible breakage, but given it’s relatively light weight, (a whole 1.4lbs, lol ), I tend to doubt it is particularly thick. However to be fair, I should also add that this sword is a “short” sword, so the typical weaknesses of AUS-8 may not be as pronounced, and it could have been tempered slightly softer than normal in order to help mitigate that risk.

Another possible cause for concern would be the grip construction and material. While I love the way Kraton feels, and the kind of grip it gives you, most Kraton grips are essentially tang sleeves, and the tang has to be designed in a specific manner, or employ some additional retention methods, like a lanyard sleeve that goes through both grip and tang, for instance, in order to prevent the kraton grip from slipping down the tang under hard use. Don’t really see any of that on this sword, which means there is the possibility of the grip moving around on you…

So, if you plan to relying on something like this as a primary tool for survival purposes, you may want to keep the above points in mind.

But apart from that, I just love the lines on this. And the dark beautiful curves. Just can’t help it. I will probably never be able to rely solely on it for outdoor treks, however I’m probably still gonna get it because it just so cool… 😀

Junglee Short Sword – [eBlade Store]

Another Fancy Scimitar.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

So I ran a cross this rather fancy sword not too long ago:

Sword Of The Mighty Warrior

Sword Of The Mighty Warrior

Yes, As you can see it is a scimitar. Of the  “Look at me! Look at me!” variety. The hilt is fairly decent, with a nice looking tear drop pommel, attached to what looks like a cylindrical faux leather wrapped grip. Upwards from that we have a somewhat randomly adorned cheap cast metal guard with a gold and black circular motif emblazoned just below the ricasso area.

Sword Of The Mighty Warrior - Blade and Hilt

Sword Of The Mighty Warrior - Blade and Hilt

The blade has a trademark deep scimitar curve to it, with more random gibberish text written in gold on the deepest part of the blade. A rather simple design, though not quite as pointy as I’d like. In fact, the point on this sword seems rather lazy. I can just hear that point going: “Meh. I’m too bored to be a proper scimitar today. I’m just gonna be a kiddie scimitar. Deal wit it. :P”

Which is all well and good, except such unprofessionalism is unbecoming of a scimitar, and this leads me to believe that this is, in fact a cheap video game sword replica.

So am I right or am I right? What anime and or videogame is this from? I know you know that I know you know where this sword is from… So go on. Spill already.

Sword of the Mighty Warrior – [True Swords]

A Sword Set In Stone…

Friday, August 7th, 2009

And no, This post will make no reference to Arthurian steel of any kind… 🙂

Today, as promised, I have a proper weapon to show you. Actually a rather unique weapon too. A nice curvy pointy one. In stone. Yep…

Ok I’ll stop being a tease… 🙂 I present to you:

Stone Handled Scimitar

Stone Handled Scimitar

A fine example of swordsmithing indeed! This scimitar is interesting in a couple of different ways. First, I love the simple finish on the blade. No high gloss flashy polished steel here, this sword is banded ultra hard carbides. Basically a modern Damascus blade, developed for hardness and strength. This sword is all business boys and girls! Profile wise, This blade is a study of understated scimitar features: A mildly curved scimitar blade, with a fine point, and the stereotypical large scimitar tip profile with the small secondary arc just aft of the point.

In a large heavy scimitar, both of these characteristics are much more exaggerated, but on this sword, they are there, but completely toned down, almost to the point of nonexistence. A rather effective aesthetic if you ask me. The spine of the blade, interestingly enough, is adorned with small scallops, which in this case, aren’t actually bad. Combined with the graduated, textured finish of the blade, it adds a kinds of antiqued effect I find rather cool.

The blade darkens down into the hilt, topped by the traditional simple “S” shaped cross guard, except that the legs of this guard are actually twisted into shape, much like a wrought iron piece. Nice!

Stone Handled Scimitar - Guard

Stone Handled Scimitar - Guard

But perhaps the most unique feature of this sword is the grip. Yes the grip also has a somewhat less toned down version of a traditional scimitar grip profile, but, in a unique twist, the grip is made of stone!! Dendritic limestone, to be precise.

Stone Handled Scimitar - Hilt

Stone Handled Scimitar - Hilt

Now to be honest, while the blade would most certainly pass muster as a service blade, I think stone is perhaps not the best grip material. At least not for practical purposes. It is hard, so it will transmit every impact of the blade directly to the wielders hands, (which I can assure you, is not a fun feeling) And it is also more brittle that steel, so it will most likely break under any extreme load. And I can’t really tell how it’s mounted. If I were a betting creature I wouldn’t be placing any bets about the strength of that getup.

But besides that, the overall aesthetic is pretty darn cool. Even if it is just a wall Hanger. Stone handled wall hangers FTW!!! 😀

Stone Handled Scimitar – [Angel Swords]

Great Serious Scimitars!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Not too long ago, I ran across a rather interesting sword. A thing of absolute beauty. A scimitar, to be specific. But not just any scimitar. This Scimitar is… killer:

Two Handed Great Scimitar

Two Handed Great Scimitar

I dare any one of you to tell me this scimitar isn’t the bees knees. I dare you. And if you do feel that way, then I have a few choice words for you: Go sit in a hole for the rest of your life, you ignorant, prejudiced, vacuous, scimitar hating, heathenous wretch…!

Ok, so I didn’t mean all that. Or maybe I did, Just a little. But I don’t see how any one could look at this sword and say “I hate it.”

I mean just look at it. Look at those curves on that shiny evil narrow blade. The sinister clip point. The curve of the dark, cord wrapped grip. The curves and points of the guard. This scimitar just screams, (in a subtle and understated way of course) “Fear me, for I am the cleaver of worlds…!”

Ok, so maybe that’s not what it’s screaming. But whatever it’s screaming, it’s loud, and it’s very scary. I just had to share.

Two Handed Great Scimitar – [Angel Sword Store]

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