Black Widow… With Steel Booties?

Welcome to another edition of Phyreblades Beleive It Or Not!! A Black Widow Spider. Born with steel knives for legs!! You don’t ever want to be caught in this spiders stainless steel and super glue web!!

OK, ok, so it’s not a real spider. But it does have knife legs. Today we have an interesting example of something that simply makes no sense… unless it is purely intended to be a conversation piece, which (I’m guessing) it is. While perusing my usual blade haunts I came across this dark arachnoid beauty.

The Black Widow

The Black Widow
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Now this is a weird piece because I could see no real reason to substitute blades for leg segments. It would make for a difficult weapon to wield, unless used as a last resort, but only because it would be still be better than nothing. But it seems to be excellently suited as a conversation starter, as it is indeed a well crafted and beautiful piece, and the leg blades do look very menacing.

Now if this were an autonomous combat robot, this design would make perfect sense, as it would have it’s quite formidable weapons ready at all times. I’d also sharpen it’s mandibles. Or have it secrete venom. Or climb walls. Or swing from the rafters like spidey! OK, that’s just wishful thinking. I suppose it would have the weakness that you could hear it coming from miles away on hard surfaces. And it would certainly leave some nasty divots in your mom’s hardwood floors. But it still looks good as a faux lethal ornament…

The Black Widow – [True Swords]


8 Responses to “Black Widow… With Steel Booties?”

  1. 1 Uchemom
    May 17, 2007 at 9:39 am

    LOL! I think its cool… could you throw it maybe? like a star?

  2. May 19, 2007 at 5:31 am

    Naw… This would not work like a star. Things like throwing knives and stars are specifically designed for throwing. The weight of the star or knife is distributed radially and symmetrically across it’s center of mass such that it will rotate in a uniform, predictable manner over any given distance, and you need only worry about the number of rotations (for a knife) and employing the appropriate ballistic trajectory for any given distance from the target to stick a throw.
    A throwing star (or hira shuriken) is even easier to make stick than a knife because it is designed so that (for a 4 point star) there is a point presented to the target at least every 1/4 rotation. A 6 point star would present a point to the target every 6th of a revolution. A knife only presents a point to the target once a revolution, hence the need to more accurately determine how far away the target is, and select the right trajectory and initial presentation – point or handle.
    This spider would certainly not fit the bill as a throwing weapon for a several reasons. It is neither symmetrical nor balanced, (in any axis) and would therefore be horrifically difficult to learn how to throw consistently. Not to mention it does not have it’s points all facing the right direction to maximize the number of points presented to the target during a rotation.
    I suppose a really experienced thrower could hold it by it’s abdomen and, with a little luck, stick a throw with the front claws, but it would be hella difficult to do with any consistency. In any case, it still wouldn’t be a very good look for a professional knife thrower, ya know, all feelin’ up a black widow’s booty and what not… It’s just not professional…

  3. 3 Niccolo
    April 26, 2008 at 1:36 am

    *Shrug* Extend your abdomen-holding idea a little. Clutch it by the abdomen – or with a little modding the torso+head could fit comfortably in your hand – and then you have a pretty decent slashing weapon.

    Or maybe it’s like a weird weapon storage device? When you need one, you just wrench a leg off and hey presto, you have a ready-made knife… which could be a little better suited to throwing, perhaps.

  4. April 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    As a generic slashing weapon, yes, I can see this working. Put your fingers in between a few of the legs and it might work. As for throwing, I dunno. If you wrenched off a leg, maybe. But that individual leg would still be too weirdly balanced (and probably too light, as well) to make for good throwing. That is, assuming you *could* actually wrench a leg off in an emergency..

  5. 5 ChroniclerLoki
    September 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    If you had this thing in your hand and an emergency came up where you felt the need to rip a leg off to throw it, you are past the point where this could be useful, say two feet too far out from your target to make a difference. With this things design it is more of a slashing weapon than a stabbing or even throwing weapon, but its true merit comes from having the number and spacing of the blades that it does as with practice you could likely get an opponent’s blade stuck between two of the legs and use that as leverage to turn the blade aside for the crucial seconds you may need for a killing blow. I would be very interested in reading a work by R.A. Salvatore where the spider crazy Drow warriors are fanatically using blades like this as a holy weapon. lol

  6. October 5, 2008 at 2:14 am

    What i wanna know is, what kind of emergency could one possibly encounter, where you would just so happen to have one of these in their hands…??? LOL

  7. 7 ChroniclerLoki
    October 5, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Honestly I haven’t got a clue

  8. October 12, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Yeah… That’s what I thought… 🙂

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