Cool idea, really bad implementation…

There are some weapon designs that are actually very cool (and arguably equally wicked) in concept, but really fall short of their potential in design and implementation. I came across one such evil seed a while back, and thought I’d post about it…

Skull Mayhem

Skull Mayhem

[Click image to view full size]

Now this right here, is what I call a hand blade. And it’s pretty self explanatory. It wants to kill you. No. really. It does. And for this reason, it features a not so obvious but rather dangerous design detail, which we’ll get to in a minute. But on to the wickedness.

In essence, this is pretty much a metallic demon/vampire skull, (personally I’d go with “Angry Master Demon Vamp” But that’s just me) with a set of three pairs of blades attached to it, coming out at either side of the skull, and beneath a very wicked looking set of teeth. The largest, topmost set consists of a large curving blade with quadruple edges, one on the top half of each inward curving blade and the other edge on the bottom half.

The single round grip is attached to a bracket that is bolted to each primary blades on either side. Beneath the main blades are a set of smaller, but longer and more sinister looking blades extending downwards and inwards from approximately where the skulls mandibles should be. IMHO the coolest blades of the set.

The last pair of blades sit in between the second set, and extend downwards from the teeth, specifically from the large fangs, forming a long and rather formidable looking set of black steel fang extensions. Given the reach of the middle pair of blades, I doubt the smaller pair are really neccesary, but I certainly can’t argue the evilitude of the whole combination…

Altogether this would make for a rather effective hand held battledrome blade, except for that one, rather nasty little caveat, that I alluded to earlier. The grip. Yes. This weapon seems very well put together, with a grip set in a steel bracket that is bolted quite securely to the largest set of blades. BUT this single grip is where the problem lies.

With a single grip, this whole contraption is capable of freely rotating around (forwards and backwards, to be exact) the grip. Which means on one day you may have the top of the skull trying to attach itself permanently to the back of your hand. And on another day, you could have the bottom blades trying to slit your wrists.

Either way, unless you’re an emo looking for a really cool way to go out, this is probably a bad choice of weapon for the underground deathmatch gladiator type. However, I do like the aesthetics of this piece. Large black blades, fangs, bladed skull wings… Awesome. And had someone had the forethought to place a rear wrist brace/bracket on the thing, it might have been an absolutely unholy terror in the death match circuit…

Perhaps that was the whole point. Maybe the designers were scared. Maybe they gimped it because they were terrified of what their creation might become. Frightened pantless that their creation might come back to eviscerate them…



Skull Mayhem – [Collectors Edge]

5 Responses to “Cool idea, really bad implementation…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    September 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Yes I could see where that one would be problamatic. And it is a bit too goudy for my personal taste. A little too much going on. And well it looks like the two side blades would just cut your own wrist off trying to use that thing.

  2. September 25, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Indeed. Kind of a bittersweet blade from my perspective.

    But you wanna know what’s funny? This very same vampire skull is used on at least two other swords i have seen. Including the one with the removable chihuahua mask… I think they might have had extra skull masks and thought “hey, forget the sword, why not just throw some blades on the skull mask thingy instead…” LOL

    Hey, it could happen… 😀

  3. 3 ladyofspiders
    September 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hahaha it sounds good enough to me

  4. 4 Shadowscaner
    October 14, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    A better implemented version of this seems to be the Adrasil knife from Kit Rae. Not as good looking maybe, but not as likely to kill you.

  5. October 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Yeah, the Adrasil is more of a pushdagger design, the blades are all forward of the grip… It’s a much better design, i agree, just doesn’t have the presence this one does…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

September 2008

Subscribe The Dark Realm!

Add to My AOL

%d bloggers like this: