27
May
08

Rogue Native American… Samurai…

LOL. Yes. The title above is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this:

Black Ronin Tomahawk

Black Ronin Tomahawk

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In keeping with names that make little contextual sense, someone saw fit to call this otherwise quite interesting little axe a Black Ronin Tomahawk. Because clearly, masterless Native American Samurai needed a very specialized weapon for their… Samurai War parties… *cough*.

Just on the off chance you don’t get what I’m ranting about, a tomahawk is a small axe or war hatchet native to early North Americans. A Ronin is a rogue, or masterless, Japanese Samurai warrior. Under normal circumstances, a melding of these two cultures, both continents and worlds apart, might seem unnatural. But not in the knife industry! Here we have Beverly hills ninjas, Spear heads masquerading as fantasy axes, and… Native American Japanese weaponry… It’s all kinds of WIN rolled into one…

Black Ronin Tomahawk

Black Ronin Tomahawk

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But back to the identity compromised hatchet at hand. It’s actually not a bad looking piece of steel. Hatchets are generally always useful tools, and this one certainly looks the part, with some sinister to spare. In addition to the prerequisite hatchet bladed head, we have a bladed spike on the rear of the head, which, very reminiscent of the German pick-axe design I blogged about a while back, seems like it would be a very useful multi purpose tool, and an even better weapon, incorporating both a point and a bladed edge.

The cord wrapped grip has a short finger guard protrusion up front, with a similar one in the back, though I can’t for the life of me think of any practical purpose for it. It does however add to the menacing look of the weapon, as does the similar point at the top and at the butt of the grip, giving this think lots of menacing points. All the better to throw this with, though the added point don’t seem like they’d provide any additional stickiness…

But nonetheless, the overall design, with it’s points and the very necessary flat black finish, lends it a kind of no-nonsense air that I kind of like. As I said, lots of sinister to go around… Even if it is a multi-cultural intercontinental hybrid of sorts…

Black Ronin Tomahawk – [Realm Collections]

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7 Responses to “Rogue Native American… Samurai…”


  1. 1 Niccolo
    May 27, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Well, we really should be used to the black ronin getting everywhere. Clearly the clueless pillocks in charge of the naming believe the black ronin to be some sort of super-ninja, able to infiltrate cultures everywhere in the world.

    But, yes… that tomahawk is a very nice piece of work. I wonder what they feel like in the hands, hmm? You know how it is… some weapons look like they should sit nicely, but they just don’t.

  2. 2 ladyofspiders
    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 am

    This is pretty wicked cool

  3. May 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    @niccolo
    LOL Yeah really, I do get the impression that they may not know the difference between a Samurai and a Ninja, (or maybe they do know and thought that combining the two was a good idea… countless Samurai are probably rolling in their graves as we speak…)

    @LoS
    Indeed it does have a rather “cut you as soon as look at you” attitude, doesn’t it… LOL

  4. 4 Niccolo
    August 20, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Tell me, Phyre… this blog thingy, does it come with a delete button for stuff like that? He’s posted that same blab there across the ‘net… mostly on sites that sell clothing and stuff, which makes sense… still stinks of a scam though.

    Mrrr… I’m really thinkin’ about buying one of these babies. I mean, ignoring the name they’re sorta like lightning – inexplicably awesome… and lethal if you grab the wrong end.

    Not that I know which end of the lightning bolt one SHOULD grab. I mean… I’m not Zeus, so… Yeah, I’m gonna shut up now.

  5. August 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Indeed, there is a little delete thingy on this here blogamabob, and I will be using it very shortly… 😉

    As for buying one of these, so long as you don’t intend to actually use it for anything strenuous on a daily basis, Sure, go ahead 🙂 I prefer the more medieval looking axes but this one would be worth it for the aesthetic cool factor..

  6. September 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    “My God, its full of…holes.”

    Lot of spaces in this axe. I like the spikes at both ends. And being made of one piece of metal. Plus (leaving the name out of it) the Black Ronin Tomahawk gets some style points. But while it looks badass, I’m left wondering if it could be decently thrown. Is that what those extra points are for? i.e. Homer’s “Speedbumps…make the car go faster.”

  7. October 5, 2008 at 2:49 am

    No, I don’t think those spikes would enhance throwing it in any way, they are in the wrong spots for either sticking or balance. I think they may be purely cosmetic or as a small guard points for CQC… that’s my best guess…


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