04
Oct
08

Cool Kunai…

If you were following my last few posts, you may remember a comment I made about the cutlery industries use of “Metal” (aka cheap cast alloys) to form certain sword parts (usually the hilt), in spite of the fact that steel is relatively cheap.

Now I will readily admit that steel is much harder to work into complex shapes than it is to case an alloy, but still, there are some times when steel is the right thing to do. Like with these Kunai:

Red Kunai

Red Kunai

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Now the beauty of these kunai is that they have been designed for throwing use, which usually means all steel (usually a high carbon or spring steel) construction, and a properly balanced design. Now these  Kunai have been modeled after those used in the Naruto series, and barring the use of a red grip wrap as opposed to the white wraps used in the anime, are a fairly close approximation.

But more importantly, notwithstanding that this particular kunai design is not really the ideal for throwing (Yes, you heard right, in spite of all the anime hype, they are not the best throwing knife design) the fact remains that they will probably be made from steel. Sweet, sweet steel.

No alloys, no resins, no cheapo construction… Well maybe a *little* cheapo construction methodolgy, but not with cheap materials, making this one of the best replica anime Kunai that I am aware of today. And IMHO, the fact that it is steel alone, would probably make it worth having.

And incidentally for the curious among you, i’ll explain my whole “not the ideal throwing implement” comment. An ideal throwing knife should be able to be thrown either from the tip or the grip. This design will make a great tip thrower, but the large abrupt ring on the grip increases the chances that it would hang up in the hand if thrown from the grip.

that ring could also makes it a little harder to balance, (which is important for other reasons) though that could theoretically be figured out during the design stage. The topic of what makes an ideal throwing knife is one I think I will dedicate a post to in the future because it is quite the interesting one. But I digress.

My point is, I really wish knife designers could do the same for every knife they designed and made. Real grips, not alloys, proper steels, etc. I know it’s an unreasonable request, but if they did, they would make lots of folks, like me, happier than a foody at a food fair…

We’d also be perpetually broke for the rest of our natural lives, but so long as I got to adorn the walls of my cave with lots and lots of cool, well constructed swords, I don’t think I’d mind all that much… 😀

Red Kunai – [True Swords]

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7 Responses to “Cool Kunai…”


  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    October 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Those are some wicked cool looking Kuni. I love the black and red. Simple, sleek, and deadly.

  2. 2 beanjavert
    October 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    All I can say…
    It’s nice to see some steel going around, for once!

  3. October 12, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    @LoS
    I like Black and … Black. LOL… Simple sleek and deadly… LOL

    @BJ
    Indeed. Steel. The forgotten metal… 🙂

  4. 4 Heero
    October 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Relating to this…

    Do you know of any excellent quality kunai for throwing? And also are the qualities of a good throwing knife and a good combat knife necessarily divergent?

  5. October 20, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Hey Heero

    No, unfortunately I don’t know of any currently mass produced Kunai that are excellent for throwing. This Kunai design is actually very much inferior to the more traditional throwing knife designs in a lot of respects. If you go back to the original traditional Kunai design they are a little better shaped for throwing, but if you are interested in a good throwing knife I’d suggest just getting a modern knife specifically designed for throwing.

    As to the issue of Combat vs Throwing knives, it’s actually kind of a tricky question, but based on personal observation, yes. In general, the more specifically a knife is designed for combat purposes, the less ideal it becomes for throwing, and vice versa.

    That is actually the topic of a post I’ve been planning on for a while now, but just haven’t gotten around to it…


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