07
Jul
08

A rather wicked bowie…

A while back while doing some research on a little project, (the results of which you may get to see here at some point in the future) I ran across a wicked looking little sword:

Viper Night Bowie

Viper Night Bowie

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Now you may notice, if you go to the site I found this sweet looking sword on, (link at the bottom of the page) that it is called a “Black Ronin Full Tang Ninja Sword”. I chose to use the Viper Bowie because frankly there are too many Black Ronin weapons floating about, and also because this swords design, beyond anything more than being fairly straight, actually has more in common with a bowie than it does a ninjato.

However, as swords go, this one combines a rather unusual number of bowie-like design elements, such as a false edge on the spine that seems to run into a long clip-like point, opposite a blade with an almost imperceptible belly. Definitely Bowie inspired. Beyond that you have a serrated section below the straight edge that runs into thee short cut our ricasso, and into the small finger guard.

Behind the false rear edge on the spine of the blade we see a set of cut outs, much like those on the survival knives I blogged about a while ago, that runs into a small raised section that looks almost like a thumb rest with a grip slots cut into the surface. The blade itself has been rather heinously violated by a set of three slots set between the serrated section of the blade and just below the cut outs in the spine.

If you look at the profile of the blade, you can see that it is actually at it’s narrowest just above the slot area, and gets wider before and after, which, to me, makes the placement, and even the existence of those slots all the more mind boggling.

Black Viper Bowie

Why remove more material so close to one of the weakest parts of the blade? Maybe they like seeing swords bend/snap in half at inopportune moments, impaling the users big toe with a wayward slab of sharp black steel? Looking at some of these designs, I can help but ask…

Yet another interesting design cue was the black cord wrapped grip, which, in addition to having a nice gradual swell towards the open pommel, is actually biased forward a little, kinda like how a kukri is designed. I can imagine this providing a great grip for the weapon. This weapon seems to have been designed for more for heavy duty chopping, rough cutting and thrusting duty than anything else. Definitely not a Ninjato inspired sword.

But Ninjato or Bowie, between the flat black finish, and it’s wicked, no nonsense design, this sword by any other name is still freakin’ sweet…

Viper Night Bowie – [Swords 24]

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13 Responses to “A rather wicked bowie…”


  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    July 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    You know I am not usually a big ran of more modern looking type weapons but this one is pretty wicked and sweet. It does have a great slick deadly look to it. Very smooth and graceful but so very fatal

  2. 2 Niccolo
    July 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Helluva long bowie, that is. Imagine the Croc Dundee scene if he pulled THIS bliksem on the mugger?

  3. July 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    @LoS
    Yeah, this thing has got some nice lines to it doesn’t it?

    @Niccolo
    Yes, you are right, this is kind of long to be a bowie, but I just couldn’t bring myself to call it a Black Ronin Sword when it was obviously intended to be some kind of Ninjato rip off…

    So I opted for the sane route and called it what I thought was the most fitting.

    And I concur. Mic Dundee would have been even more killer if he had been packing this around NY. But then I fear they would have probably called the movie “Ninja Crocodile Dundee”, and I don’t know if I would have been OK with that… 🙂

  4. 4 MoZZA
    August 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    i actually really like this… this would be good for lurking in shadows to kill the evil alien cigarette ends from uranus…..

  5. August 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Evil alien cigarette ends from uranus?!?!?! ROFL…!

  6. 6 MoZZA
    September 1, 2008 at 9:10 am

    look i was high! leave me alone!

    lol
    it made sense at the time….

  7. September 1, 2008 at 10:34 am

    ROFL… I may call upon you to tell me what you were on at some point in the future… It might come in handy for… Something… 🙂

  8. 8 MoZZA
    September 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    a mix of 5X salvia divinorum (NOT ALOT) and some nice green bud!

  9. September 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Of course, I should have known… 😀

  10. 10 MoZZA
    September 5, 2008 at 5:16 am

    again! AM I REALLY THAT PREDICTABLE!

  11. 12 MoZZA
    September 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    …. sayin’ nowt bruv

  12. March 1, 2009 at 11:48 am

    great bowie indeed – in fact, we actually sell the bugger on our website!


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