An interesting double bladed dragon dealio…

Today, I just so happened to run into a double bladed weapon that might actually not be bad…

Dragon Mutilator

Dragon Mutilator

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Ok, yes, the knife designers went the unimaginative route and decided to go with a dragon theme. Whoopty doo. Let’s move on… Disregarding that now all too common dragon faux pas, we really have what I’d consider a creative design here. At first glance it appears to be a single weapon with two blades, and a spiked and bladed finger guard running over your precious phalanges.

The blades are a fairly curvy single edged dagger like design, with a dragon flame motif, which runs down into a dragon head transition piece that sits between the blade and the black cord wrapped grip. However there is an interesting surprise. It is in fact, it appears that this is actually constructed of two single knives, that fit together back to back, (Or actually side by side), to form this rather menacing weapon.

From what I can see, it looks like the pommels of each knife is specially designed with a ledge that fits into a recess behind the blade/grip transition area, being locked on at least one side by a special latch built into the ledge on the pommel of one of the blades.

Interestingly though, I could not find any indication of a similar latch on the other blade, so it looks like the knives are not mirror images of each other, but rather work as a primary/secondary pair. Definitely not the way I would have done it. But then I’m a fanatic about symmetry.

The from the pics, I’d guess that the primary blade, which has no latch, also gets the center spike in on the guard, as this would be the easiest way to split it. The secondary blade, would then be the one with the locking latch built into pommel, and gets short changed a spike…

Altogether not a bad idea, although i would definitely have gone for absolute symmetry, with latches on the pommels of both blades (for strength), an even number of spikes (so they could be evenly divided between each blade and therefore identical) And would perhaps have eliminated the oh, so clichéd dragon motif…

But that’s just me…

Dragon Mutilator – [Collectors Edge]


7 Responses to “An interesting double bladed dragon dealio…”

  1. 1 Niccolo
    May 13, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Ooh… that’s actually a really, really nice idea – sans the motif, unfortunately. Although, yes… symmetry would be nice… still, can’t have everything.

    Y’know, they coulda done worse and called this some kinda nina weapon, complete with random ninja wielding it in some completely retarded and inappropriate way. So, between that or dragons, I’ll take the giant lizards any day.

  2. 2 ladyofspiders
    May 13, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Ok, that is just wicked cool

  3. May 14, 2008 at 12:19 am

    LOL You’re thinking about Mr Beverly hills ninja guy, aren’t you… ROFL

    It is cool at that. I wish people knew the power of simplicity and symmetry though…

  4. 4 Niccolo
    May 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Right in one.
    Hmm… I’d actually like to get one of these and see what it’s like for fighting with. I wonder how easy the locks are to disengage, say in the middle of a fight? Two-weapon fighting isn’t something I’m a complete stranger to, but two-and-one would be quite hard… but imagine the complexity! Imagine the fluidity, the versatility!

  5. May 16, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Weeeeeelll I dunno about this being any good for fighting. Because the grips are side to side, you in effect, really only get a half grip on both blades, which could negatively affect it usability.

    I have a set of side by side dual Chinese broadswords I used to practice sword Katas with, but the blades on those are actually still fairly close to the centerline of the grip, so it doesn’t feel off balance.

    I’m betting that consideration wasn’t taken with this blade, and the blade is probably off center from the centerline of the grip. It’s hard to tell exactly how much from looking at the pics, but the fact that they never show it’s profile might suggest that it’s a pretty bad offset…

    If true, this would almost certainly jack up it’s handling characteristics… So it’s a nice idea, but I think I’ll pass… :/

  6. June 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    You are Welcome…! 😀

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