14
Jun
07

Some Contemporary Glaives.

Since I’m on a roll with the glaives, I thought I’d blog about a few more glaive designs. Today we will be looking at not one, but TWO of the more contemporary incarnations of the infamous glaive. Thats right ladies and jerks, today we will look at two modern and well publicized glaive designs, made famous by the comic vampire hunter Blade, and the resulting movies. I bring you none other than Blades Shredder and Cyclone Glaives.

Blade’s Glaives

Shredder<–>Cyclone

Blades Shredder Glaive Blades Cyclone Glaive
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I won’t bother to recap my previous comments about the weaknesses of a folding blade, ’cause (assuming you have been following along) you now know them all. Right? Right? Oh Come ON!!. OK. You fail. Start this class again from the beginning. The rest of us are going to continue on. Those still with us are in for a treat, because the design of Blades Glaives present a unique set of potential problems, which we will cover today in class, one by one. Woot!

First off, you can’t see it from the pics, but Blades glaives are centrally spring loaded. The mechanism that keeps the blades secure in both the open and closed position requires a hub mounted spring in order to keep the blades in whatever position they are locked in. Personally I think this is a risky design move, especially for a weapon that experiences high impact or G forces, because the same forces could “pop” the mechanism on impact, causing the mechanism to fail. See if you can find an abused novelty store display model of one of these and you will see what I’m talking about. Just pray that after repeated use it doesn’t decide to fold up on you while still in your hand. Strike 1.

The second point to note on both blades, is the exaggerated size of the central hub around which the blades rotate to close. No doubt this is a direct result of the requirements of the centralized blade locking mechanism and the spring thereof. The resulting hub is large, unwieldy and eats up a huge section of the real estate that might otherwise have been used to hold it. Wheeee! Strike 2.

Which brings us to yet the third problem. That huge hub means that these glaives have no real handle. The Shredder glaive design does allow for a bit more hand room in the middle, but between the huge hub and the short blades, you would be hard pressed to throw this cleanly while still imparting enough rotation to make it stick in anything more solid than the seat of yer pappy’s overstuffed wing-backed chair. And it’d probably still bounce off that.

And just forget about trying the palm grip throw with one of these puppies, like Blade does in the movies. Much like the Beastmaster Glaive, it would very likely hang up in your hand or on your fingers on departure. Though unlike the Beastmasters Glaive, (if it’s any consolation), it probably remain open while it does so. Probably perform a 180° in your hand too, resulting in an “incident” that your idiotic friends may think hilarious at the time, but you might not find too humorous. Steeeeeerike 3! Yer Out!

All of this leads me to one undeniable conclusion. For any and all practical intents and purposes, the average hollywood glaive stinks! These particular designs, especially the Cyclone, are possibly some of the most impractical designs ever in the history of glaivedom. (Yes, I said “Glaivedom”. This is my glaivesphere, and I can use whatever glaivey word I want. Glaiveify at will, if you will. Now back to the Glaivespiel at hand. Glaiveisms Rule!! Ha!)

But practical considerations aside, these glaives (heh, heh, heh, I said “Glaives”…) do appear quite menacing, and that is a quality that can stand on it’s own merits. They look… mean. Especially the Shredder. Just don’t go confusing them for athletes when they are really just runway models… Doing so could literally come back to bite you in the proverbial ol’ hiney…

Blades Shredder Glaive – [Medieval Weapon Art]
Blades Cyclone Glaive – [Medieval Weapon Art]

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5 Responses to “Some Contemporary Glaives.”


  1. June 19, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I’m not sure how these are constructed as I’ve never held one. But as for your first part…a basic coils spring/button lock set up would be strong and can be made about 1/2 inch thick. This could be build mostly into one blade with a little hub on each side.
    And as for your other points… Well, these ARE movies.
    As for throwing one, holding a throwing blade in the middle and giving it the toss is a WEAK way to throw. Very weak and very inaccurate in my opinion. I throw, and pretty good I may say.The ‘real’way to throw these would be to open it and grab one of the blades in your GLOVED hand and throw it like a normal star/knife. Better accuracy and much more power. And I don’t care how well they’re made…it’s still going to break eventually. It’s the same as a folding pocket knife except that insted of a handle you have another blade. You wouldn’t throw it by the middle and any folder is going to break if thrown enough.

  2. June 19, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Yeah, That’s what I thought, I’m just an amateur thrower, and even I could see that these things wouldn’t do well unless thrown by the blade. That’s the movies for ya…

  3. August 26, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Cool post, I got the cyclone glaive at a store the other day.

  4. August 27, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Indeed they are cool… Just very impractical…

  5. 5 bandit186
    December 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    glaives are awesome.especially the cyclone.


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