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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]

A Crooked Zanpakuto…

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Ok, maybe not so much crooked as much… branchy… Is that even a word? Oh never mind. Anyway, the site I found it on did not explicitly refer to it by it’s real name, instead choosing to spout some philosophical fluff that had me scratching my head. However any fan of the anime Bleach will immediately recognize it:

Sougyo no Kotowari - First Shikai

Sougyo no Kotowari - First Shikai

This, my friends, is a Zanpakuto. Specifically, it is called “Sougyo no Kotowari” and is the Zanpakuto of Ukitake Juushirou, in it’s first shikai form. And a very unique form it is.

Sougyo no Kotowari is actually a double sword set, both joined at the pommel by a gold chain with a set of rectangular tags hanging from it. Above that the red wrapped tsuka looks fairly normal all the way up to the gold dragon Tsuba, but from there, things get a little funky. Above the guard we have a gold sheath that covers the base of the black blade, and forms a very large, long ricasso.

And as if that weren’t unusual enough, the sword has another blade that just out at an angle from the spine of the blade, midway between the hilt and the tip of the sword, and then proceeds to turn down parallel to the blade, back down towards the user and almost all the way down to the tsuba, leaving about a quarter of the ricasso area to spare.

the edge on the branch blade is facing inwards, towards the spine of the primary blade. Quite an interesting arrangement. If you factor in the chain, the rearward pointing blade, and the internal edge, it seems to be almost an adaptation custom made for capturing enemy weapons. But again it is an anime weapon, so logic doesn’t necessarily have to have been a factor in it’s design.

Either way, it’s quite an interesting design. Kinda of like the Chinese Hook sword. Except, less… logical?.. I dunno… 🙂

Sougyo no Kotowari (Dual Attack Twin Sword Set) – [True Swords]

The Blades of the Dragon Master…

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

I ran across this set of swords a while back. Unfortunately the place I found it doesn’t appear to carry  it any more, which is a shame, because it a very cool set:

Dragon Master Sword Set

Dragon Master Sword Set

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Well, I have to say this is a beautiful set of swords. The combination of gold on black has always worked well aesthetically. And the fact that this has a black blade makes it a winner in my book. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a cool wave pattern ground into the edge where the hamon would normally be.

OK, so it’s an artificial hamon, but it’s black and it looks cool, so I’m gonna give it props for that… 😛

Dragon Master Sword Set – [True Swords]

Double Elven Sword Trouble…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

In keeping with my current theme of blogging fictional swords, I decided to blog about not one, but two swords, this time. Anyone who is is familiar with the works of writer R. A. Salvatore will no doubt also be familiar with a drow called Drizzt Do’Urden.

Now your stereotypical Drow is not known for eliciting particularly warm and fuzzy feelings. In fact your average drow is an evil black elf who would just as soon cut your heart out with a used rusty spoon than look at you. Probably what Galadriel might have become, had she failed the test of the ring, and taken the ring from Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. But, as usual, I digress.

Drizzt Do’Urden was a unique drow. Unique primarily because he set aside the evil ways of the drow, but more importantly for our purposes, because of a pair of special swords he carried, called Icingdeath and Twinkle. I recently found that numerous places had manufactured replicas Icingdeath and Twinkle swords based on the book. In all honesty the idea was great, and the quality of most of these replicas aren’t bad. I find, however, that I have a few problems with the way in which Icingdeath and Twinkle have been represented.

Icingdeath and Twinkle

Icingdeath and Twinkle

First and foremost, these supposed reproductions are NOT Scimitars. The reproductions have more in common with a Ninjato than a scimitar. R. A. Salvatores books clearly describe curved weapons. As with the so-called Uruk-Hai “scimitars”, there is no curve in the spine of the sword at all, just a sweeping point on the blade. The first misrepresentation seems to occur where the misguided book illustrators, who, for reasons unknown, chose to draw straight swords rather than Scimitars! The rest is unfortunate history. Bah Humbug!

Icingdeath

Icingdeath

I also take issue with one of the names. I’ll Grant you, ICINGDEATH is all that and the iceman cometh to hades on a Monday. But Twinkle? TWINKLE?? What kind of a name is TWINKLE for a sword? How do you go from ICINGDEATH to TWINKLE? Sounds like the kind of sword a little ninja faery would use! How could you show up at a Drow convention with a sword called Twinkle? That would just be too embarrassing.

Twinkle

Twinkle

I take that back. It would be even worse to be a foe that has been defeated by Twinkle. Shoot, if Drizzt had faced Errtu with Twinkle alone, he’d have been a cooked Drow. Just imagine how it would have gone. Big, bad Errtu shows up and Drizzt is like “Say hello to my Twinkly Little friend!!” NOT! Icingdeath is where it’s at.

But, girly names and physical inaccuracies aside, these are a very beautiful pair of swords. I wouldn’t mind owning the pair, just so long as nobody asked me what the one with the blue sapphire was called. I almost glad Drizzt ends up loosing Twinkle, even though he had to fall off a cliff to do so…oops! My bad… LOL…

Drizzt Do’Urdens Icingdeath & Twinkle Scimitars – [SouthWest Blades]

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