Posts Tagged ‘Scythe’

The Grim Reaper Strikes Again!!

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Besides the last scythe post with the futuristic fancy schmancy super skull scythe, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t see another scythe again. How wrong was I!

The Monster Scythe

Monster Scythe
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Yes, this is indeed a scythe-like monstrosity. Simple lines. A loooong wood shaft. A mean looking sliver of razor sharp steel serving double duty as a blade. All in all a rather evil looking weapon, quite worthy of the Grim Reaper. Except for one thing. This isn’t what a scythe is supposed to look like.

This is what a scythe is supposed to look like:

A modern day scythe

A Contemporary Scythe
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See the difference? Notice the two handles? The curved shaft? The blade canted at an angle to the shaft? That’s what a scythe is supposed to look like. In fact, in my oh so humble opinion, the original design looks a whole lot more sinister than the straight shaft design above. I suppose it’s cheaper to sell a straight shaft, but it just loses soo much character that way…

Ya know, just as a side note, I’ve always wondered how effective your average a scythe would be in a battle situation. I kinda think it would suck. Yes, yes, I know. No, I don’t hear the Grim Reaper complaining, but hear me out. The traditional scythe is designed to cut grass or crops at around ankle level. The curve in the shaft and the cant to the blade is designed to keep the blade parallel to the ground while the wielder holds the handles, and rotates their upper body from side to side,  standing upright.

Now while that may be fine for the farm, in battle, it would make a rather tough weapon to wield. Especially if you wanted to hit anything but your opponents ankles. if you tried aiming for an opponents head, let’s say, the grip would be wrong, the blade would be canted in the wrong direction, it would be a nightmare! So given the scythe’s design inadequacy for battlefield use, how come the Grim Reaper is always portrayed with a traditional scythe, reaping some poor saps head off like it was a head of wheat? Just a random thought…

And yes, I am already undergoing counseling, thank you very much…

The Monster Scythe – [True Swords]

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]

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