Demon Slaying Inspiration?

Ok, in the demon slaying spirit of a recent post, I thought I’d share the discovery of yet another demon related weapon. An Axe. An inspirational Axe, no less, with a name that sounds like it was straight out of the old PC game Diablo:

Demon’s Axe of Inspiration

Demons Axe of Inspiration
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Now much like the last “demonic” weapon I talked about, the nomenclature of this axe immediately begs a lot of questions. Is it a demon slaying axe, designed to inspire humans to greater acts of demon slaying bravado? Or a demons axe, designed to inspire the demon to more acts of human crushing treachery? Who knows. All I know is it is a very unique interesting design for an axe.

Notice that the cheeks of each blade consist of an open, truss-like design. I’d guess that it’s prima facie intention was to maximize strength while reducing weight. There are also 3 silver plated rivets at what would normally be the joints of each truss. Unfortunately, from a practical standpoint, I think this design would actually be detrimental to the overall strength of the blade, as trusses and rivets would introduce structural weaknesses where they need not exist. In normal double bladed axe design, the cheek or sides of the axe are solid, in order to provide the most structural support along the striking edge of the blade. But I suppose for some designers, artistic license trumps structural integrity any day.

Another interesting design point is the blade. It is an absolutely straight blade, placed at an angle to the handle. This is interesting for a number of reasons, the most salient being that functionally, I think that an angled straight blade would limit the number of different ways you could effectively strike with such a weapon, as well as minimize the effective striking blade area. When swinging an axe, you’d think that most targets would be somewhere at right angles to the handle. But then again, I could be wrong, and (as usual) I probably shouldn’t be applying practical combat considerations to an ornamental axe now should I?

From that aesthetic perspective, however, it is an exceptionally unique and beautiful design. The truss feature complements the straight blade beautifully, and the round handle rises into a ominous broad head point tip covering the eye of the axe. This axe does what it was designed to to very well, which is to look formidable, unique and ominous all at the same time. Now I’m still undecided as to whether the inspiration it is supposed to imbue is intended for humans or demons. And I’m hoping to never have to find out…

Demon’s Axe of Inspiration – [True Swords]


7 Responses to “Demon Slaying Inspiration?”

  1. 1 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    i like its design

  2. September 8, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I dunno. I guess it’s ok. Not to big a fan of weapons sporting straight lines where there should traditionally be beautiful curves… 😀

  3. 3 MoZZA
    September 8, 2008 at 11:14 am

    well yeah but you cant beat a FUNCTIONAL and maybe battle ready contempary design tbh

  4. September 13, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Functional, yes… Strong, practical efficient? The jury is still out…

  5. 5 ChroniclerLoki
    September 28, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Roman Aqueducts. Volkswagen Beetle. Standard English Battle Axe. The Human Foot. What do each of these unrelated things have in common that this axe lacks? An arch which, as discovered in ancient engineering, confers great strength and support to the structure in which it is constructed. The Roman Aqueducts still stand today because of how strong and durable the arched construction turned out to be, which was fortunate for the thirsty citizens of Rome. A Beetle made anywhere from before World War II to about the late 1980’s stands a chance of surviving until the next century because of how strong they are, I mean come on, if Bigfoot can’t crush one of them quickly or easily then I think that the Germans really know how to build a proper car. I cannot adequately describe the full wonders of the human foot so I won’t even try. But this axe is a sure way to have a broken weapon within the first few minutes of battle, or the first couple swings at even a young tree about fifteen years old (We had a tree that old in the backyard of my mom’s old house right above the swimming pool, when it was killed by a lightning strike we had to remove it, broke two chainsaws trying to cut that thing up which shows how strong even a young tree can be). If I were to do a comparison between this and a standard axe used during the crusades, the crusades would have been a lot shorter if the soldiers involved were all equipped only with this. Your jury is taking too long on the subject and needs to be shot.

  6. October 5, 2008 at 2:16 am

    LOL I killed my jury months ago for excessive deliberation on a topic that should have been decided with a swift decision… 😉 I just forgot to update the post… This axe Phails… But it does looks cool though… 😀

  7. 7 ChroniclerLoki
    October 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I’m not here to argue asthetics with anybody, because honestly what one person may find ugly beyond reason another may just like it, me I like how it looks, but from a usefulness standpoint I fail to see how it may work for the benefit of the common soldier

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