A Fearsome Claw…

Of the various kinds of blades I have come across, I think that finger-mounted blades are the rarest. And for good reason. The human finger, as a general rule, is one of the weakest appendage that we have. We just can’t generate a lot of power from our fingers. And because of their relative frailty, they tend to break if stressed in the wrong way, and at stresses far beneath what a fist, wrist or arm could handle.

But that being said, they are not entirely useless as a bladed weapons platform. They can be used to hold light blades or points for low impact/low stress applications. And with this next weapon, I could see someone making use of their finger power to full effect. Plus it gets extra points for just looking mean:

Iron Reaver Claw
Iron Reaver Claw - Black
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This claw, is essentially a finger mounted blade, much like Neko-Te only bigger. And meaner. And more than likely, much more lethal. This weapon is actually two finger claws in one. At the tip of the fingers, you have a sharp point, and on the back of the base of the finger band, another, larger blade is attached.

This method of support, using the whole finger, and having two points and one blade, gives this an advantage over Neko-Te in the lethality department, and having that large blade on top at the base of the finger means that you could leverage the lateral support of the other fingers by forming a sort of “Tiger Claw”, holding the fingers together.

Though you would have to be careful not to puncture your palm with the sharp point at the fingertip, This would allow for some significantly more powerful thrusts and slashing attacks with the larger blade of this weapon, on a level that could not be achieved by a set of Neko-Te.

And the aesthetics aren’t bad either. The overall design is quite interesting, looking for all the world like the claw of a dragon. And the fact that this comes in a black blade as well as a polished one doesn’t hurt. It would be interesting to see how intimidating this would look if someone were to get a set of six of these, and wear 3 on each hand… Wicked…

Iron Reaver Claw – [True Swords]


8 Responses to “A Fearsome Claw…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    September 26, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Hehe I love these things, I so need to get my own set one of these days. I did have a finger armor ring, thugh not bladed, that I wore in Italy, and it was quite popular.

  2. September 27, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Interesting, was that like the single finger of a gauntlet? Sounds cool…

  3. 3 ladyofspiders
    September 27, 2007 at 10:05 am

    It was as single finger

  4. 4 Niccolo
    April 26, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Mrr. Practically, this weapon would be interesting to use. While utterly useless in combat with an armoured foe – unless you can convince him/her to remove their armour, in which case anything goes – this weapon really is all about looking utterly scary. Just think. If you sharpened both edges of the top, broad claw, then you would have a pretty mean punch. That or you could backhand someone and achieve muc the effect as slapping someone while wearing a jewelled ring. Except, well… there really wouldn’t be too much of a cheek left. More of a hyper-extended smile.

  5. April 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    True, it could be very intimidating, but also remember that you would only be doing superficial damage. And if you make your target mad… well… I don’t think this would help you much… Unless you were really good in biology class, know where all of the major surface arteries or veins are, and have the hand/eye coordination to sever one…

    But those are a lot of big ifs…

  6. 6 ChroniclerLoki
    October 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Well ladyofspiders, I have had personal experience in how such finger armor could be used in more interesting, and intimate, ways. Phyreblade, I have a thought on this weapon’s use, it could be a more effective form of the Wolverine claw, and a punch from this would definately have the desired effect of causing damage to your enemy, though the cuts could be ignored as opposed to the possibility of a broken hand when doing that, but hit just right with a slight swiping rather than a strait thrusting punch you could do quite a bit of damage to an enemy’s exposed soft tissue; the juggular, the gut, the kidneys (from behind when hit in the kidneys just right it is a lethal blow even through the rib cage as the bones only serve to transfer blunt force to the kidneys rather than preventing it), the femorral artery, you know the one just to the side of the groin, the groin itself. With the right reach and attack method so many fun and strategic targets become available with this weapon.

  7. 7 MoZZA
    November 12, 2008 at 7:28 am

    “but also remember that you would only be doing superficial damage. And if you make your target mad… ” mad like darren the katana wielding viking sensei!!!!

  8. November 13, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Interesting idea… The only problem is that this design does not really lend itself to punch duty. The edge is on the inside, and the forward blade lies parallel to your knuckles and will point down when you make a fist, so you will not get a piercing strike from a punch.

    If you made your hand into a Tiger palm and punched forward that way it would work, but your risk of self injury increases considerably. Striking vital points will be similarly difficult for this reason.

    That’s not to say it’s worthless, but I can’t say it’s anywhere as effective as a pair of wolverine claws would be. However it can be used as a defensive tool. So long as your goal is not to subdue the enemy, but rather for defense, this could be useful for diversionary purposes that would give you a window in which to flee as fast your legs can carry you… 😀

    ROFL… Indeed… 😀

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