Pointless Points.

I have for you today a product of marketing hype. Specifically, a throwing axe. But this throwing axe is not ordinary throwing axe. It is an “8 point” “Shuriken” style head throwing axe. Now you might be saying to yourself “Wow! 8 points! It must stick real easy!” But the reality of it is not as you might imagine. In fact I take issue with the presumed effectiveness of the advertised “8 points”. And shortly, I’ll tell you why. Here is the throwing axe in question:

Astro “8 Point” Throwing Axe

Astro throwing axe
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Now look at the head of this axe, keeping in mind that this unusual design is most likely intended to improve it’s sticking ability. Does something strike you as off? The keen eyed will notice that the 4 inner points are actually well below the contact line between any one of two outer points with each other and/or the handle. This means that for all intents and purposes, except for some particularly deeply penetrating throws, none of those internal points will have much effect on your ability to make this axe “stick”.

Now the even more astute among you will notice that of the four large points, one is safely and soundly ensconced inside the handle!! Whaa!?!? Ok, now I’m no physicist, but I’m fairly certain that a point on any throwing implement that is surrounded on all sides by flat steel surfaces will not contribute to said implements ability to penetrate any given target object. Call me crazy. But there it is.

But there is an important point to my dissertation. And that is that the net effect of all of this is that out of the touted 8 points, only 3, (Yeah, count ’em, only THREE) will play any kind of major role in determining the stickiness of this throwing axe. That makes this axe a *whopping* (LOL) one point better than your standard single bladed throwing axe.

Now this may look cool, but me personally, seeing as the whole points thing is likely just marketing hype, with no real functional advantage, I much prefer the appearance of a single or double bladed axe over this undecided cross between a shuriken and a throwing knife. However that’s just me. I will be sure to show you examples of what I think a well designed throwing axe is supposed to look like in a future post.

Astro 8 Point Throwing Axe – [True Swords]


4 Responses to “Pointless Points.”

  1. 1 ChroniclerLoki
    September 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    What were they smoking and where can I get some? I don’t think this qualifies as a terrifying weapon even in the looks department. It is so obviously poorly designed that its flight would be unstable at best and you would be lucky to hit an opponent, or even a nearby tree, with the handle much less one of the blades. and did I forget to mention that a proper axe, or ax if you prefer, has curved blades? Oh, wait I think I did mention that, on a previous post of an axe with flat blades that would have snapped in proper combat. This is pure fantasy and poorly thought weapons design and thinking of any seasoned warrior using it is just silly.

  2. October 5, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I can see a seasoned warrior using it, but more as a distraction, like “Hey looky here, I gots this cool little throwing thingamabob!!” then they throw it in their opponents general direction, and while the enemy is scrambling for cover, being completely unable to tell where the thing is going, then they would pull their sword and kill them all…

    But that’s just a hypothetical scenario… 😉

  3. 3 ChroniclerLoki
    November 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Are we cooking soldiers now? What recipe asks for seasoned soldiers?

  4. November 7, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Yes, they have to be well seasoned before they go into the meat grinder… They turn out better that way… 😀

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