10
Jun
07

More Wolverine Claw Wannabes…

Ok, so in spite of my reservations about knife makers trying to cash in on the popularity of one of my favorite X-Men, (Who? Well Wolverine of course! Duuuuh!), I went looking to see if anything new was out there. Stupid idea. I should have known better. I ran into yet another set of wannabe “Wolverine” claws.

X-MEN “Wolverine” Claws (Style II)

Another set of
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“Type II”, as it shall be known for the remainder of this post, is more or less a simple bear-like (imho) claw design. A set of curved blades pinned to a simple hardwood handle. No attempt at style, and unfortunately, no originality either. Wolverine fans need not apply. How, in the name of all that is sacred in this world, is this supposed to look like “X-Men Wolverine” claws? After ingesting a controlled substance? If so, I’ll need some of whatever the designer was smokin’, ’cause whatever it is, it’s pretty freakin’ good… Gonna need a little help understanding this one…

While this design doesn’t get any points for aesthetics, the design is reasonably functional, though I’m not so sure how well that wooden handle would handle any real abuse. So far as marketing, they should have left Wolvie alone and stuck to the tried and true “Ninja weapon” marketing ploy. It would have been more plausible.

Almost as if to mock me, I found yet another variation of a set of “wolverine” claws that I had blogged about previously. Specifically, the “Special Edition” version of the Pantera Claw.

Anderson Cutlery “Special Edition” Pantera Claws

Special Edition Pantera Claws
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Funny thing though, as far as I can tell, they are exactly the same as the old ones, except for the grip material being better, gold plated grip screws and either polished or plated blades. I’ll give props on the improved grip material. It would certainly improve the functionality of the weapon. But as for everything else, as you already know, I’m not particularly into the shiny stuff. I suppose most people don’t mind paying big money for a little bling. But I don’t get it… Gold plated screws? What? Why!?

<RANT>

OK Wolverine blade designers. Come on. This is not difficult. Wolverines claws, while unique, are not entirely impossible to replicate. And nobody is asking you to design an enclosed mechanism housing a set of retractable steel claws for surgical implantation, though I am sure there would be *many* takers if you did. Here, let me help you out:

1. Wolverines claws come out of the back of his hands, between his knuckles. NO “Wolverine” claw replica may have blades that emerge between the fingers.

2. For the sake of simplicity, replicas do not even need to have the ability to automatically extend or retract the claws (though this would be a rather large humongous plus). You may optionally make the blades removable.

3. A correctly designed replica must use a bracket with blades attached to a plate that could be strapped to the back of the hand with a handle underneath. Optionally, X-Men gloves/gauntlets can be provided to conceal the attachment mechanism.

4. The claws must be fairly long. At the very least 10″, and relatively thick for it’s width, with one mild continuous curve. Alternatively they may be completely straight with a fairly sharp downturn for the last fourth of the blades length. Either design is acceptable. No funky divots, no high-angle curves, no short, wide, cat/bear-like claws. Please.

5. points 1-4 MUST be met in order to gain Phyreblades seal of approval.

That’s it Bub. How difficult is that? Lets see you give it the old “college try”…

</RANT>

Update!:
I have put together a guide that lists some of the common wolverine claw replicas and memorabilia in this post. Should save some of you a few clicks on teh intarwebs…

“Wolverine” Claws (Type II) – [True Swords]
Pantera Claws (Special Edition) – [True Swords]

PhyreBlades Ultimate Wolverine Claw Reference Guide – [Realm of The Dark Blade]

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15 Responses to “More Wolverine Claw Wannabes…”


  1. July 5, 2008 at 5:44 am

    x men come izmit. izmite geell x men

  2. 2 Crosseyes
    July 31, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Aside from the whole “Nothing like Wolverine” part, these actually look pretty functional. In fact, as the perfective person that I am, I can only find one potential setback from the combat perspective. As much as the “Log with Claws Coming out” design is as bare-minimum way of manufacturing such a lethal impliment, it does leave a very major hole in defence: Any kind of hit from above would either knock it to the floor, or, even worse, spin the small piece of wood 180 degrees straight to the underside of your forearm. While this is a big problem, it has a very simple fix: take some kind of cutter and do this: http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1188/80102144oc7.jpg (not a link, copy-paste [i’m not so bright -_- ]) Easily add more grip and improve functionality in one easy 3 minute step.

    Totally missed the point >_<
    Crosseyes
    X_X

  3. July 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Indeed… Totally missed the point… Not to mention that even modified in that way a weapon like this will still have issues… See my post on the Pantera claws… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4 Crosseyes
    August 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    k, will.

    Then again, if I did miss the point, wouldn’t this whole post be a fault of your own law (fanboism)??? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Do I win?
    Crosseyes
    X_X

  5. August 1, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    LOL… Nope… No win for you… Nice try though… ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. 6 Crosseyes
    August 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    DOH!! XO

    darn you phyre! I’ll get you one a these days -_’ lol
    Crosseyes
    X_X

  7. 7 TJSilver
    August 6, 2008 at 1:18 am

    hardly functional, these would have a strong tendency to pivot upon contact with the intended target. A forearm brace would be required to even consider these a plausible weapon. Just discovered this site and find it very enjoyable.

  8. 8 Crosseyes
    August 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Yes actually, I put that into my first post. I’m not really sure that a bracer would be 100% nessesary, as you can already tell from the pic, these guys aren’t really working with a huge budget. I still like my idea to help with the grip, however I will admit it wouldn’t totally solve the problem.

    I agree, this site is nice
    Crosseyes
    X_X

  9. August 17, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks TJS,

    Yeah, most of us agree, as Crosseyes was pointing out, that it’s not the best combat weapon. It could do some damage, but the jury’s still out on how much of that damage would be inflicted upon the wearer as opposed to the opponent… ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. 10 booyoustupid
    October 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    well the brace would help but the question is are we using them as a slashing weapon or are we using them as a stabbing weapon cause as i see it they would be better suited to stabbing then slashing.

  11. October 26, 2008 at 4:07 am

    fucking cool claws ๐Ÿ˜€ always dreamed about to be wolverine ๐Ÿ˜€ can you buy those stuff??? then iยดm gonna do that ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› xD somebody else gonna buy???…..i mean if you can buy them:D see ya buds

  12. October 26, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    @BYS
    Well the designs as shown here are actually not particularly well suited for stabbing purposes. The blade profile is wrong. Ideal stabbing implements are generally shaped like FS fighting knives.

    @NM
    You can certainly buy most of the stuff listed in the post… There are links in the post to all of them… ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 13 doug
    October 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Yes these may be “wanna be” wolverine claws, but claws like this where used way before wolverine, they where assassin weapons. wolverine just made them more functional and “cool”.

  14. October 28, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Well, I’ll say Wolverine definitely put them in everyones subconscious…


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