Sunday, August 29, 2010

Riverwalker's Pics - The Blade Arsenal

For "extending the reach of your rifle barrel" mode...


For your "blending in with the natives" mode...


For your "every day carry" mode...


For your "hunting" mode...



For your "tactical" mode...


For your "chopping" mode...



For your "survival in the bush" mode...


For your "extreme tactical" mode...


For your "stealth tactical" mode...


For your "survival" mode...


For your "stealth ninja" mode...



And your "just in case you want to keep your distance" mode...



All of the above for your "in case I run out of bullets" mode...which is not very likely!


Got blade arsenal?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

14 comments:

Brigid said...

run out of bullets mode.

My friend Midwest Chick thought I was kidding when I said I had a genuine Samorai sword next to the bed, incase I ran out of bullets.

I showed it to her, and now she wants one.

riverwalker said...

To: Brigid

Mine's a cheap ($50) stainless steel variety but still has a pretty good edge on it. The really good high carbon steel swords begin around $500 and go up from there. Would like to get a daito, the longer version of a katana, but authentic ones are pretty rare but modern versions can be purchased at a couple of places online.

Thanks Brigid.

RW

Anonymous said...

Check out http://www.ltspecpro.com/swords.html - good stuff from the nice folks at Cold Steel. (Been a happy shopper with them for the last few months. Heard about 'em through the TSLRF blog.)

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 3:46

I've heard good things about Cold Steel also...

Thanks for the link.

RW

Machinist said...

A full length Samurai sword is a little long for indoors. This is why the Ninja sword was shorter as it was a weapon for assassination at close quarters rather than an open battle weapon. Rather like a carbine vs a battle rifle. A shorter sword is quicker to handle and less likely to hit the ceiling or other obstacles. A sword should accommodate two hands but I think a large knife and a high intensity flashlight make a better combination. You can illuminate your opponent and blind him to the attack at the same time. A heavy knife can stab or slash very effectively.

Machinist said...

It is very hard to fend off an active attack with a 120 lumen or brighter light playing across your eyes. You need not close with the intruder, you can stab and slash at his hands and arms from a distance. Hacking off fingers or cutting tendons and muscles will render him much less dangerous. If he pulls back his arms you attack the face or neck. It only takes a flick to take an eye or even a cut to the eyebrow will blind the eye with blood and cause a cringe that opens other targets. You need not try for a body shot, a stab into the front or side of the neck is fast and effective if the head jerks away from a slash around the eye and you never have to close, you can step back and slash or chop at any hand reaching out for you. You can't really step inside a knife as you can a sword. The knife can strike up, down, or inward if the you are grabbed.

Machinist said...

Unlike a sword which requires strength and endurance, this does not call for great strength. Speed, reflexes, and coordination are more important, and these come with reasonable practice that is easy to do at home. Try moving forward and back quickly while swinging the sword vigorously with good control and you will quickly find the limits of your conditioning. If you are not young and athletic a knife and light are a better bet at close quarters.

riverwalker said...

To: machinist

You make some very good points.Thanks for your insight on blade use.

Thanks Machinist.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Machinist

Samurai also carried what was known as a Wakizashi and translated means "side arm." They were generally anywhere from 12" to 24" in length.

The wakizashi was a shorter sword that was used as a "back-up" weapon. This sword almost never left the side of the samurai.

Even in the presence of an honored guest, a samurai would normally keep his wakizashi tucked in his obi and ready for action just in case.

RW

riverwalker said...

FYI

Obi is a belt.

RW

Machinist said...

I didn't know the word but I knew what you were referring to.

riverwalker said...

To: Machinist

Sorry. Figured you knew but for the benefit of others who didn't know an obi was a belt thought it would be easier to clarify than make then search Google.

Thanks Machinist.

RW

Machinist said...

Nothing to be sorry for, Sir. Now I know the word. Always learn great things here. Thank you.

I only mentioned it because I didn't want you to think you had unclear.

vlad said...

I used Shoe Goo to secure a
magnesium firestarter to the
Mora knife sheath.

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