Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

A Saber of Light for the 4th of July…

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

In anticipation of a 4th of July Weekend, I thought I’d post about a really bright sword. A sword that lights up. Like Frodos sword Sting. Or Drizzt’s Twinkle. Or whatever. I’ll give you one guess what kind of sword I’m on about:

Master Yoda's Light Saber - By Force FX

Master Yoda's Light Saber - By Force FX

Errr… So… Ok… So I guess there will be no guessing then eh? Seeing as the pic is the first thing you see whrn click through to the post, it was kind of pointless for me to ask you to guess. I guess I’m just silly like that. This, in case you hadn’t noticed, is Master Yoda’s green Light Saber. Technically I’m actually much more a fan of the Blue saber. Or Mace Windus purple Saber. But no matter. Master Yoda’s saber is da bomb diggity.

Technically, however any color would work for the 4th of July. Especially since they all work the same. And you can even make your own 4th of July fireworks using this saber. Just find an army of droids, cut a couple of them down to make them start firing upon you with their blasters, and deflect all of the shots up into the sky. It’d be like the night time sky over a middle eastern country during war, being filled with AA tracer rounds. Ok… So perhaps not a good analogy. But you get the picture.

Me, I’ma go out and blow some stuff up. Yeah. You all have a Happy 4th of July now y’hear?

Master Yoda’s Light Saber by Force FX – [True Swords]

Jedi… Or Samurai… Why not Both?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I came across an old favorite of mine not too long ago… A fusion of old and new. Actually of Old and really, really old, but I think you’ll understand once you see what I’m talking about:

Samurai 3000 Katana

Samurai 3000 Katana
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Now If you look closely, you might see why I’m calling this a new old design. On the one hand, you have an acceptable facsimile of a Japanese Katana blade (I say “acceptable” facsimile because it has been violated in a couple of ways I’ll mention here in a bit), and on the other hand we have what looks, for all intents and purposes, like the handle of a light saber… Futuristic? Or retro-futuristic… I can’t decide…

Now this particular variant caught my eye because of the black treatment that the blade received, and because of the interesting aesthetic of the blade. As you can see, unlike the traditional sharp, straight, angled point that a traditional Katana possesses, this has a much smother, curving transition to the point. This design would make for easier thrusting, however this design would also make the point weaker than the traditional sharp chisel like profile of the traditional Katana. But from an aesthetic standpoint, I like it. It looks pretty sweet!

Moving down, we see two additional blade modifications. First, the bottom quarter of the blade is serrated. I suppose it could be a useful change, given that that particular section of a sword is rarely used for much other than deliberate cutting strokes. Serrations might make it more effective… Maybe… Meh…

However right next to that we have the dreaded faux fuller, or blood grooves, in this case a set of three or elongated slots cut out of the blade. *shiver* I can understand the aesthetic sales value of this particular kind if blade defacement. It supposed to make it look cooler, and more futuristic. But all I see when I look at those things are unnecessary structural weakness… *sigh*

Anyway getting past the ugliness, we have a very interesting hilt design, consisting of a melding of Star Wars light saber style motifs with some other traditional touches mixed in. a very interesting combination. The guard is perhaps my favorite part of the hilt. The rest, while cool, I could do without. Or perhaps with some major simplification.

Now obviously this is not intended to be a battle worthy sword, as the hilt is made from a metal casting, however I got one of these before they came out with the black blade version, and two things struck me immediately.

The first, was that the grip was too ridiculously uncomfortable to be used in any meaningful way, and that, for all their impressive abilities, it would appear that Jedi knights were extremely poor designers when it came to ergonomics. 😛 I mean seriously. did you ever really take a good look at Lukes light saber grip? Absolutely horrible ergonomics!

What is even sadder is that the Sith had a much better grasp of ergonomics than the Jedi. Look at Darth Mauls dual saber, compared to what the Jedi were using (except for Mace Windu, who had perhaps the most awesome light saber in the entire Jedi Council) that was actually a great light saber design. And then there was Count Dookus elegantly curved saber grip… Sheer genius… I could go on, but I think you get the point… And, as usual, I digress… Massively…

Anyway, here, in the galaxy we call home, the second, more important thing I noticed about this sword, was how incredibly well balanced the sword was. I’d almost say it was perfect. Even better than some of the high quality battle ready Katanas I’ve hefted, which was a pleasant, but bittersweet surprise, as I don’t trust it enough (or am not brave enough) to subject it to any cutting tests… A real shame…

But for those of you who would like to see what it’s like to grip the hilt of a Jedi weapon, and actually able to cut something (if you dare), this sword would be a good ticket for that particular flavor of torture… Except without a zero weight energy blade, of course…

Check back in a few decades… I might be able to blog about them then…

Samurai 3000 Katana – [Realm Collections]

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