Now if you are an action movie buff, you might immediately know (from the title) which movie knife (or knives, for that matter) will be the subject of this blog. I’ll give you a few hints. The wielder of this particular sets of knives is the last of his race, (as of his second movie anyway), has eye shines that allow him to see in the dark, and has a mean streak the size of the Grand Canyon. You guessed it. We are talking about Riddick, Richard B. Known to everyone else simply as Riddick, the antihero of the Chronicles of Riddick. And the knives we have the pleasure of talking about today are from the chronicles of Riddick. A set of unique blades called:
It is obvious that these knives are unique on many levels. The layperson may not be immediately aware of the ramifications of this particular design, however as your designated bladed weapons guide for today, I suppose I will just have to tell you. Darn newbies…! 😉
Well obviously the most prominent design feature of Riddicks sabre claws are that the blades have been inverted. The knife is designed so that when held, the blades loop down over the wielders fingers, obviously with the cutting edge to the outside. An interesting design to be sure, but one that is perfectly suited to Riddicks fighting style.
From your blank look, I see a little further explanation is necessary. :- P
With a traditional straight knife, there are several different ways in which the knife can be held, but they are all (roughly) variations of two distinct grips: The the hammer grip with the knife held pointing upwards, and the reverse or ice pick grip, with the knife held pointing downwards. The hammer grip is generally used for long and medium range fighting, while the reverse grip is ideal for close in fighting with maximum power.
Now if you ever watched Riddick fight, you can see that he is all about the close in fighting. he likes to get real close and make it difficult for his opponent to evade a strike. He also tends to use a lot of close quarters slashing moves. If you look at the way this knife is designed, you can see that not only does it protect his fingers, but it’s shape also helps anchor the knife in his hand during a slash so that maximum power can be applied. In addition, the cutting edge extends a lot higher than it could ever have possibly been with a traditional knife in a reverse grip, giving the user a little better range as well.
Visually, these knives vaguely resemble the over sized canines of a saber tooth cat. I daresay that’s where the name came from. Beautiful, and very menacing. With the black treatment, I give them an A in the intimidation department. Which, in my book, means an A+ on the WSS (Wickedly Sinister Scale)… I think I’m gonna hafta add these knives to my “To Get” list. Soon.. Like right now…