A different kind of Wiper Blade…

OOOOKKKK…. I ran into this little gem while looking at some other ninja swords. And boy, this is an unusual one. Now if the title of this post confuses you, there is a reason; it is actually in homage to the typo that exists on the product page of the website I found this on, describing it as a “Ninja Blade Wipe” instead of a “Ninja Blade Whip”, but although I subsequently corrected all of the references in this post to correctly describe the weapon, in the interest of humor, I decided to leave the heading as is. (OK. This would be an appropriate point for a chuckle. If you don’t you are a cold hearted fish. And you live in a dark muddy pond. With mutant bull frogs. Fine. Be that way.) I’ve seen similar weapons twice, once in a move and once in a video game, just never in real life. But in essence, somewhere between the vast expanse that should theoretically exist between the designs for a whip and a sword, you may run across this:

The Ninja Blade Whip

Ninja Blade Wipe
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Now to be honest, I’m not quite sure what to make of this. The idea is certainly compelling in theory though. Basically, chain a bunch of smaller blades together into a freakishly long whip of blades. Got it. Only thing is, this freak of weapon nature is 46.5″ all told, and it seems like the hinges, and attachment point reinforcement, etc. would add all kinds of weight to the blade. A regular 46″ sword would probably weigh considerably less that this. It’s weight is not listed so I can’t be sure. A 96″ or even 120″ weighted whip would almost certainly be lighter. But unless it weighs a lot less than it looks, this is not something that a ninja would want to lug around all the time. A kusarigama or manrikigusari would give a ninja the same reach without all the extra weight. Yet Another victim of over-enthusiastic weapons marketing.

But over optimistic ninja labeling aside, you could probably get some great velocity and power out of that, and with the sheer number of cutting edges on it, you could probably do a lot of damage. So from an intimidation and effectiveness standpoint, this might make for a great weapon for a person trained to use heavy/long swords or whips. Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I’m sure a ninja could use one quite effectively. They are masters of all weapons after all. It just probably wouldn’t be the first weapon they’d pick up going out the door…

Ninja Blade Whip – [True Swords]


10 Responses to “A different kind of Wiper Blade…”

  1. 1 Graeme
    December 18, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Actually it’s really light, no more than a couple of pounds probably, and it would be better if it could pivot at the handle, but yes it is very intimidating.

  2. December 21, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Hey Graeme, thanks for the info, I was wondering how free this thing would move. I can see how it could definitely benefit from a pivot at the handle attachment point. And am a little surprised at how light it is. I’d guess the blades are not as beefy as they appear. It’s sometimes hard to tell from a picture…

  3. 3 Niccolo
    April 26, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Uh… yeah, but this weapon poses one interesting design flaw that I am curious about… how the hell do you stop it moving? I can see that it’d function much the same way as a poi would; one would have to twirl it constantly, rather tiring but you would create a sphere of utter annihilation… were Graeme’s suggestion of a spin-pivot built in too.

  4. April 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Well your question could be asked of regular whips also… I suppose if you learned how to use a short whip, you could adapt that methodology to something like this as well…

  5. 5 ChroniclerLoki
    September 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    In theory this weapon would be more useful as a whip than a blade because from the sheer number of blades on it, and the cutting area of each one being so small, you would have more likelyhood of the flat of most of the blades hitting the target rather than the cutting edges. But I’m not saying that is a bad thing. If you were to wrap the whip around a limb of the target you could yank it back toward yourself and simply shred the flesh of said limb as the blades slip down the arm or leg effectively using one weapon to cause numerous admittedly nonfatal wounds that over the course of a prolonged battle would weaken and tire an opponent through blood loss. So in that respect this is a very good blade, or whip, or wtf you want to call it. Personally I like the name listed in the game Prince of Persia the Two Thrones, they called it the Daggertail. And speaking of video game adaptations of this simple weapon, please tell me what guy has not been hit by this nasty beauty in the Soul Calibur series simply because they were more mesmerized by Ivy, the busty beauty using the blade rather than watching where the weapon itself was? I know I had that problem for a while. 😉

  6. October 5, 2008 at 2:11 am

    I agree, this is not really a blade so much as a whip with cutting edges built in. I suppose the idea is that it would be so much more effective if you can get the blades moving at the velocities at which a whip moves, which are quite phenomenal… I’m thinking this would be a little heavier and slower than your average whip, but I imagine the theory would still stand up to practical testing… 🙂

  7. 7 ChroniclerLoki
    October 5, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Quite. A true whip travels at the speed of sound at the tip and slower from there to the handle its speed decreasing exponentially the closer it gets to your hand.

  8. October 12, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Yeah… Dunno if this would move that fast, but if so, in effect you’d have a near supersonic blade flying around at the tip of this baby… 😀

  9. 9 ChroniclerLoki
    October 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    which could prove deadly whether it hit you cutting edge or flat of the bladed part, either way could be dangerous.

  10. 10 collector
    February 11, 2009 at 3:16 am

    i recently bought this chain whip. it’s actually not that difficult to handle, and it’s really light. the only question is sheath. I always like to have some sort of sheath for all my bladed weapons, but since this one is technically a whip, I’m not sure what kind of sheath I can use for it. Maybe a custom broadsword sheath? Or something that takes advantage of its semi-wrappable nature. i dunno. i wish i could find a way to have a holster-ish contraption.
    any suggestions? or places that will make them for me?

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