Archive for December, 2007

31
Dec
07

A Demon Slaying Katana

Welcome traveler. You’re on a demon killing mission. You must go it alone, and you can carry one, and only one, demon slaying weapon with you at any time. You have the option of:

  1. Salt
  2. Eggs
  3. Silver
  4. Garlic
  5. Vinegar
  6. Demon Slayer Katana

HOW CHOOSE YOU?

OK, that was a trick question. If you chose any of the above options, you have already failed. You quest was to fight your own inner demons. And you have just succumbed to them. Unless, of course, you happen to be a mythical creature yourself. In which case you may have killed yourself. But I Digress.

The most important thing to remember is this. Choosing option 6 would have let you look cool. Even while losing your battle against your inner demons:

Demon Slayer Fantasy Katana

Demon Slayer Fantasy Katana

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I thought this sword was interesting just because it had a few features I don’t see every day. Obviously, being a black blade got it some serious attention. But it also has character. Like look at the blade. I like th narrow blade profile, and the cut outs in the center are an interesting touch. I usually don’t like that particular form of aesthetic modeling due to structural integrity issues, but it does impart an interesting look to the blade.

The hilt is also interesting, featuring a round, samurai style guard, capped with a unique v shaped shoe, meant to fit a v shaped depression in the scabbard. The grip is a simple cylindrical black wrapped affair, finished off on the butt end by a rather pointy looking cap. the scabbard is ecually simple, employing a details end cap as well as similarly engraved scabbard opening trim to finish off the effect.

Overall a pretty cool sword. Even if it won’t help you fight your inner demons…

Demon Slayer Fantasy Katana – [True Swords]

29
Dec
07

A Dark Axe of Valor!

Yet another wicked Axe deigned to cross my screen recently:

Albion Spiked Axe of Valor

Albion Spiked Axe of Valor
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Now this is one cool and wicked looking axe. This axe is an interesting study in nuances, because although there are many axes to conform to the basic “axe head on one side, spike on the other”, configuration, this one stands out. Perhaps it’s not so much the general configuration, as much as the lines and the color scheme that I find so very cool.

To start off with, this axe, much like a previous axe I blogged about, uses a three tone color scheme. It has a combination of gold and silver accents to set off the black blade and handle. And while I’m not specifically into “bling” per se, this is a combination really really like. Both the axe head/butt are finished of with silver, while the handle gets two bands of gold, one at the transition between the head and the grip, and another midway down the handle.

But perhaps what is coolest is the axe head. Unlike traditional axes, this one has a head whose surface area is smaller than most. However despite the lack of a massive axe cheek, it still maintains the same edge area as a traditional battle axe head. The cheek is adorned with small spikes above and below, and the aggressive curve of the axe blade, to absolutely sinister points at the top and bottom is just sweet.

The spike side does not fail to disappoint, with a similar set of rearward facing spikes above and below the large central and quite intimidating spike. Definitely an effective armor piercing weapon. In fact I can just see armor cringing at the sight of this thing. It’s that evil. So evil, in fact, that if you ever took it into battle, you wouldn’t even have to swing it… 🙂

Albion Spiked Axe of Valor – [True Swords]

27
Dec
07

A Cool Dragon Bowie

In a recent post I did a little ranting about a so called “Fantasy Bowie Knife” that had absolutely nothing in common with a bowie. Well, I find myself in the pleasant position of blogging about a knife that is much better suited to wearing the “bowie” title:

Dragon Fire Bowie

Dragon Fire Bowie
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And for once, we have a knife whose name is not paradoxical, outlandish out of control or purely outrageous. This, my friends, could pass as a bowie knife. It has a broad blade, and a relatively deep belly. That’s good enough for me. And even the “Dragon” moniker makes sense here, as it is very strongly dragon themed. Actually I blogged about a Dragon Flame Bowie with a similar “dragon fire” theme in the past. But these two accomplish exactly the same thing in quite a different manner.

Like the other bowie, what we have here, is a blade with a dragon shaped handle, with flames being blown onto the blade by the Dragon. But that is where the similarities end.  The Dragon Fire Bowie has a cool black dragon skin textured grip, the rises into a polished silver dragon head, complete with scales and a set of fore limbs tucked up into the hilt.

The blade rises from that, sporting several strategically placed large serrations on the spine, to emphasize the effect of fire breathing dragon. The flames emanating from the dragons mouth are painted in, like the other blade, but this one employs a lot more fine detail in portraying the fire being spewed from the mouth of the dragon.

Overall, I like this design much better, though I much preferred the blade shape of the other blade. Perhaps if I put that blade on this handle… What? I can dream can’t I?

Dragon Fire Bowie – [True Swords]

25
Dec
07

Merry Christmas!! Ye Fools of the Merry Blade!!!

OK, so there’s this funky looking blade:

The Torch

The Torch
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Ok, This is called the Torch, but I thought this weapon would be a cool Christmas post because… Look! It looks like a Christmas tree!! Sorta. Maybe a palm tree. With Christmas lights… Kinda…

OK, I’ll admit it. This is weak. This thing is so impractical and over done it’s amazing. It must be well nigh impossible to obtain any kind of comfortable grip on the thing, and besides the four blade tree thing, it’s got nuthin’ to do wit’ christmas. Bleh.

Ok. I’ve had a few nonalcoholic drinks. They were very intoxicating. So I’m not entirely positively motivated here. Obviously, I’m just half A$$ing this post. You know it, I know it, so I’ll not insult your intelligence any further. Lets just skip the small talk. I’ll say Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!! You may then reply in some generic Christmassy kind, and then we can all go do more productive things. Like raid the blood wine cauldron…

ACH! Speaking of which, I gotta go, I hear the clanking of flagons…

The Torch – [Collectors Edge]

23
Dec
07

What do you get a Ninja for Christmas?

A Christmas themed Ninjato, of course! DUUUUUHHH!!:

Ninja Vortex Christmas Sword

Ninja Vortex Sword

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OK, obviously I can’t talk about a dubiously “ninja” themed weapon without picking apart all of the reasons why no self respecting ninja would use it, so here we go. First off, look at the grip on this thing. It’s like some mutant shade of orange!!! Not that it doesn’t make for an eye catching sword, but seriously, what kind of ninja would want to draw that kind of attention to themselves?

And then there is the guard. A large straight cross guard set atop a round lotus leaf guard? I don’t even know what to call that. Your stereotypical ninjaken have square guards. Even Samurai don’t use that kind of guard, let alone a ninja. It does look cool though. Last but not least, you have that cool little red and white motif painted on the blade. I have only one word for that. NOT! And I’m not even gonna talk about the blade shape.

But frivolous “Ninja” label bashing aside, I actually like the design of this sword. The lines of the blade are actually quite cool, And the guard, while not as easy to hide, and not as useful to a ninja as the stronger square one would be, would actually be quite effective in battle. Now if they could get rid of the little Christmassy bits, like the orange grip, tassel, and the red/white paint, and powder coat the whole thing jet black, I would really dig this thing.

Not that I have anything against Christmas. I love Christmas. I’m just not sure Ninjas celebrate it… Yeah. That’s my story. And I’m sticking with it.

Ninja Vortex Christmas Sword – [True Swords]

21
Dec
07

A Devilishly Cool Dagger…

With my recent post on serious fighting knives, I thought I’d follow up with a post on a less utilitarian, and more aesthetically interesting blade.

Devils Glare Dagger

Devils Glare Dagger
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Now this is an interesting little piece. I find this dagger interesting because of it’s heavy reliance on straight lines, and most predominantly, triangles, in it’s design. I like the angularity of it’s geometry, the cut of it’s jib… well, you get the picture.

This weapon is an interesting study in triangulation. First you have the blade, which is essentially, one big triangle that comes to a really sharp point. I like that. The blade has a large void, (also triangular) leading down to the hilt, which is adorned with what I can only presume is a devils skull, with a set of blue eyes. I don’t really know what they are made of, but they look cool, and set off the rest of the hilt quite well.

The guard consists of a set of triangular spikes emanating perpendicularly outwards from the demons cheekbones, and backed up with yet another smaller set of similar spikes at a 45 degree angle to the guard. The grip extends from the bottom of the skull, and is also a gradually tapering triangle, adorned with small squares (or a collection of triangles) down to the triangularly pointed pommel.

Triangles all around. I’ll bet Pythagoras would have loved this dagger…

Devils Glare Dagger – [Collectors Edge]

19
Dec
07

A Tanto does not a Bowie Make…

I came across a fairly cool blade recently:

Black Fantasy Bowie

Black Fantasy Bowie
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Now I like this knife. I really do. It has a sweet combination of characteristics that would make it the dark beauty of any blade party. (Yes. I have them often. But I only invite guests with lots of points, curves, and a razor sharp wit… 😀 ) The smooth swept blade, the simple brushed pommel and hilt, the textured black grip, and a no nonsense looking scabbard to boot.

BUT… (Don’t you hate how there is almost always a “but”…)

Despite anything that the great site I found this on might say, this, my friends, is not a bowie knife. At least not in the traditional Jim Bowie frontier knife kinda way. This, is what a bowie is supposed to look like:

A Bowie Knife

Traditional Bowie Knife
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Do you see the difference? There are some pretty big differences if you ask me. Like the shape and size of the blade. (this is waaay wider than that “Fantasy” one) The cross guard. The “Fantasy” one doesn’t have one) The pommel and hilt of the grip. (The “Fantasy” one has brushed butt and hilt cap) The Black Fantasy Bowie, while cool, is the complete opposite of a Bowie. It is closer in design to a Japanese Tanto than a bowie.

So why the Bowie moniker? Who knows? I’ve learned to stop thinking about these things so much. Questions like these only initiate perpetual waves of mental logic errors in my head…

Black Fantasy Bowie – [BudK]




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