A Unique Fantasy Bowie…

I have always been a fan of weapons that mimic nature. But I frequently find that that most weapons designers fall into the trap of mimicry close enough to be recognizable but not close enough to look normal, and this makes the weapon look completely wrong. There are some cases however, where each detail is treated with such attention that the final result is quite convincing. Here’s an example:

Drake Fantasy Dragon Bowie

Drake Fantasy Dragon Bowie
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Now here is a weapon with an interesting and visually striking twist. The black blade has a very deep belly and fairly sweeping curves, with a nice, well defined transition between the two curve sections of the blade. The spine of the blade also has a similarly sharp angle, as well as some rather aggressive cutouts that accentuate the point at the intersection of the blade sections.

The ricasso of this blade has a large (and, imho, unnecessary) void that flows into a polished guard sporting a set of rearward pointing fangs, like an enlarged section of a boa constrictors jaw. Presumably these might be intended to be a dragons jaw. But these are not the most striking thing about this blade. The grip is where it all comes together.

The grip is sharply curved, and covered with a multitude of well placed small red scales. the effect is beautiful. It looks strikingly natural, like an actual snake was used to make the grip. The butt cap finishes off the look with a polished, scorpion like stinger at the tail end of the handle. It all comes together to make a very intriguing weapon.

Normally I find these kinds of weapons a little too elaborate for my tastes, but every now and then I run into a few that have just the right aesthetics. And, of course, the black blade is very easy on my eyes… 🙂

Drake Fantasy Dragon Bowie – [Collectors Edge]

5 Responses to “A Unique Fantasy Bowie…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    December 10, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    It is a nice looking blade, but I think the hilt would make it a tad inprartical for use

  2. December 11, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Indeed, this is most certainly not a practical weapon. Unless you have really, really, small hands. Then maybe, just maybe, it might be usable. But I still wouldn’t feel particularly confident about what those scales would do to your palms…

    However, it looks cool 😛

  3. December 12, 2007 at 2:34 am

    I don’t like it. Kinda ugly all around. Yep…don’t like it.

    BUT THE HANDLE….Now that’s cool! I really like the handle, just get rid of everything else and put the handle on something else.

  4. December 12, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Well, I will admit I was conflicted about posting this, it really isn’t my style. But the shape of the belly of the blade was cool (and black) and that handle is definitely off the chain, so I said what the heck…

  5. December 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Yep! That handle is the shit!!! Wonder how it feels??
    Wonder if I could make one? Damn!
    Too bad it’s on a ugly knife. Nice color!

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