Yet Another Uber Battledome Blade!

In a previous post we looked at an out-of-left-field hand blade by Tom Anderson, another killer blade designer, called Critical Mass. Well, I found yet another revision of this freaky blade type, looking for all the world like it belonged on the set of Mad Max…

Critical Mass II


Critical Mass II
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Now this weapon is a bitter sweet comeback to me, because although it appears to me to be an improvement on the original Critical Mass design in many areas, it also takes a step backwards in a few others others.

For instance, on the original Critical Mass, the handle was placed fairly far forward, and had a “hood” that extended far enough back that it rested on the users forearm. Though this design left your actual hand exposed, it allowed for a great deal of control of the weapon. On this weapon, although the hand is pretty much covered, it pretty much stops there. You have much less leverage, and therefore less control.

And then there is the mounting point for that front blade on Critical Mass II. I’ve never understood why you would make a fairly wide blade, and then weaken it at the attachment point by narrowing it just before the hilt. Again the first version did not suffer any such weaknesses.


Katar - Indian Punch Blade
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Of course I would be remiss not to mention that the basic weapon design does appear to have at least superficial similarities to a perhaps much more practical weapon, called the Katar. The Katar is a punch-blade style weapon of Indian decent. Some of them have mechanically actuated split blades, also called “Scissor Katars”, and yet another variety called the “Hooded Katar” have a shield over the back of the hand. Given also that it would probably be a lighter and faster weapon, I would probably prefer to use a split-blade hooded Katar if given a choice, over either Critical Mass weapon.

Scissor Katar

Scissor Katar
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Nonetheless Critical Mass II does have a lot of strong points. Literally. It is simpler and the blades are much more effectively placed than in the first. It is probably also lighter and faster than the first. It provides much better hand protection, though it could have benefit from an extended hood for both forearm protection and extra support and control.

But given the sweet lines of those, oh-so-beautiful black blades, the menacing spikes on the guard, and the overall no nonsense look of the piece, I’d say it’s a winner. I dare you to disagree. I dare ya. I double dog dare ya. I triple dog dare ya… Yeah… Whatever.

Critical Mass by Tom Anderson – [The Collectors Edge]

8 Responses to “Yet Another Uber Battledome Blade!”

  1. 1 MoZZA
    September 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

    i actually like the aesthetics of Tom Andersons work. i have and always will (until i get one from EBAY!) the straight razor he did

    but yes this has its pro’s and its con’s but if we came up with a design beased on both of the critical mass weapons and started mass production ya reckon we could beat uncle Tom?

  2. September 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Actually I do like most of his work. There are a couple of pieces that are a little over the top, without enough practical function returns, for my tastes anyway, but for the most part he makes a lot of impressive looking blades…

  3. 3 MoZZA
    September 1, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    lol well yeah, making OTT knives is grabbing as many tastes as possible to attract more sales… another bloody business trick

  4. September 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Well he’s certainly good at it!

  5. 5 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    i agree, and i still want his locking straight razor X[

  6. September 8, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Ya know, I’ve never really been a fan of straight razors… they always seemed so… mundane… I dunno…

  7. 7 MoZZA - The Urban Sasquatch!
    October 7, 2008 at 11:46 am

    hmmm interesting point.
    they are mundane but i think what does me is the fact that they can be used for the most mundane of tasks, shaving, but with a lil twist splat!
    ya know like the monster under the bed thing

  8. October 12, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    LOL Yeah… Like the monster under the bed…

    Hey, wait a sec! The monster under the bed is hardly mundane… Ya tryin’ ta trick me or summat? 🙂

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