Only and Idiot ...
... brings a knife to a Glock fight.
At Reg Hardware, with the honorable exception of videogames, we tend to talk up tools that generally assist in everyday life. Today, though, we're going to break tradition altogether and run through some weaponry. Well, bladed replicas to be precise. If you've ever fancied yourself as a modern-day knight - Jedi or Dunedain - or …
Sorry, you missed both of the fantasy swords I'd want to own AND included Wolverine's claws which aren't a sword.
Of the two swords that should have been here, you missed the Japanese blade with the steel folded two hundred times, as wielded by Juan-Sachez Villalobos Ramirez, and taken by Connor Macleod after his death - in Highlander (1986), and the blade made for the six-fingered Count Rugen by Domingo Montoya, and wielded by his son Inigo in a twenty year quest for revenge - in The Princess Bride (1987)
Most of the blades here, pfft, are imitators.
I hate to be horrid, but acquiring replica "fantasy" swords is dangerous, possible illegal, and massively massively massively uncool. Nerds no longer need this kind of thing. They rule the real world now, they don't have to fantasize about ruling fantasy worlds.
And Prof Tolkien wouldn't like it either.
If you feel a fantasy weapon coming on, get down to the local rowing/running/football/rugby club and exercise until the feeling goes away.
^ Fails to see the point.
Probably Illegal. Tick (here anyways, without a permit)
Massively, massively uncool? Bzzzzt... WRONG.
Horrid you are? I'll leave the bleeding obvious. :P
BTW, the standard way a nerd would deal with a fantasy weapon coming on would probably be to go get a box of tissues and prawn....
...I go to someone's house, and they have a sword hanging on the wall.
"That's interesting", says I. "What is it?"
"Ah, that's a replica of Aragorn's sword from Lord of the Rings"
"So it's a replica of an imaginary sword owned by an imaginary hero from an imaginary place, right?"
"Er - yes. But it's really cool."
Riiiight. I'm with the original poster. Never mind the legality or the safety. Massively, massively uncool works for me.
I'm told that Flavio Briatore used to collect martial arts paraphernalia, and once, while still stepping out with Naomi Campbell, he showed her his favourite antique shuriken.
Allegedly, she examined it closely before asking where one inserted the SIM card.
I actually own a replica of Sting from Lord of The Rings, made by the same guys that do the others. It's beautifully engraved and I'm told it glows when goblins approach. As I live in a goblin free area though I haven't had a chance to see it in action yet.
Would also give someone's right arm for a Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series.
I own 3 of these; original Luke ep VI which is the only one of the range lit by EL paper, Luke ep IV and Darth ep IV.
I don't mind admitting I'm a complete geek when it comes to these things, and I can't swordfight to save my life but they're just too cool, when I show people them they are also similarly impressed with the look, weight, sounds and the glow of the blades.
And that must be Stormbringer - the ultimate in evil, as wielded by one of fictions greatest anti-heroes.
Must admit I was also going to suggest some of the swords from Fred Saberhagen's Books of Swords and Books of Lost Swords series - good books and a great concept, each sword gives a boon, but also demands a bain as well for it's use.
If we're looking down this route, how about the lasers from the early series of Blake's 7? Kind of like a torch on a phone cord.
Everyone tends to look at reproduction Phasers, but what about the more obscure. A PPG from Babylon 5, or maybe Scaramanga's Golden Gun.....
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