A very unique sword.

The aesthetically cool, but seriously flawed, Twin Dragon Blades I posted about recently reminded me of a much simpler, but considerably more practical weapon from a cool movie I watched a while back. This weapon was used by an equally unique character. Which, given the nature of the movie, may not be saying much. I am talking about the sword used by a character called Kroenen, from another comic-book turned movie Hellboy:

The Sword of Kroenen

The Sword Of Kroenen
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In the movie version of the Hellboy saga, Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, was a Nazi assassin who, obsessed with witchcraft, mechanics and surgery, had turned himself into what I can only describe as an un-dead cybernetic organism. Essentially a killer cyborg zombie. Hey. These things happen ya know…

Anyway one of the tools of his trade with which he showed a remarkable ability was a pair of swords that looked like bladed versions of the Japanese tonfa. If you’ve ever seen police batons with the side handle, you are essentially looking at a fancy modern tonfa. And if you replace everything but the side handle with a razor sharp steel blade, Voila! You’ll have Kroenens lethal sword.

The thing is, tonfa are immensely effective and versatile impact weapons in thier own right. Even without blades. Replacing the impact surfaces with blades actually adds a dimension of deadliness to them that I found appropriately menacing, and absolutely perfect for this particular character. I love it! And the beauty of it is that this is a very, very simple weapon.

The sword has a simple, double edged, double pointed blade. The black, wire-wrapped handle is pinned to the blade, with gold accents in the pommel and at the attachment point. The handle is has a generous swell in the middle, which, in all likelihood would provide for much more control over the movement and/or swiveling of the blade, especially if it is used in the traditional tonfa style.

I also imagine that one might have to develop a new combat style in order to wield this, as traditional tonfa or sword methodology wouldn’t exactly work the same, since tonfas have no blades and can be gripped anywhere along it’s length, and swords do have blades, but they aren’t usually at right angles to the grip.

Even more noteworthy, is that this design has the added benefit of being both a close quarters as well as a distance weapon. By swinging the blade around, and allowing the grip to rotate 180° in your hand, you have access to both a long blade and a short one. It’s genius. And simply beautiful. Why is it that the psychotic evil assassins always get all the cool toys?

The Sword of Kroenen – [Hot Movie Props]

8 Responses to “A very unique sword.”

  1. October 16, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Ahhh yes,,,,Kroenen. Love it!! He was one of the best parts of that movie. The bladed tonfa swords are a killer design and wonderful to watch, he looks great in the movie when he uses them. I also like the forearm switchblades he used at the beginning of the movie. Very cool but movie magic. These tonfa swords are just another thing on the list to buy.

  2. October 17, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Yeah, Kroenen totally rocked with those things. I totally forgot about the switchblade he used in the beginning too. But I always loved these swords…

  3. 3 CapnPervy
    October 23, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    i must admit that i have fallen in love with the bladed tonfa. but, i have fought with modern tonfa. there is a very specific way to use them effectively. if you don’t know that then you’re screwed. actual combat tonfa are much bigger, usually made of bamboo. the reason for this is, although a tonfa looks like it would give reasonably good protection, the diameter is to small to effectively block anything at all. my arms were bruised from wrist to elbow for a month.

  4. October 24, 2007 at 6:05 am

    LOL yeah, defense with a pair of Tonfa requires the correct technique. In the movie, Kroenen was deflecting bullets with these, but of course that was all movie magic (Of course).

    But from what little I have learned of using Tonfa, I do know that most of the traditional defensive techniques could potentially be damaging to the wielder if using this particular pair of double bladed Tonfa, as one edge of the blade actually faces you at all times. Maybe a single, outward facing edged blade would be easier to defend with. However for attack, it becomes a different story.

    Not only do you still have the impact surfaces to work with, you now have bladed thrusts, as well as the ability to employ side armed slashes. It’s an interesting compromise. You sacrifice defense ability for increased offensive capability. But, as a prior Sifu once told me, “make every block a strike, and every strike a block.”

    So perhaps with this weapon, you could rely simply on aggressive strikes for blocking purposes. Would require a mastery of the techniques involved, but would be very effective.

  5. 5 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    i may have to take kroenens design and make it my own… once i get my angle grinder working again =/

  6. 7 MoZZA
    September 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    i most certainly will even if i have to grind out a basic shape (without edge or points) at college and bring it home and do some minor dremel and filework ::thumbs up::

  7. 8 sam
    February 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Put the blade-side flat and you have the spinning action to block shurkins and knives ala Strider. Like the Kroenen but LOVED Strider Hiryu’s.

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