- Dated: circa 1480–1500
- Culture: possibly Italian
- Medium: steel, gilt bronze, wood, textile
- Measurements: weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
This early sword is one of the few to retain fragments of its original grip bindings, here consisting of red and green silk.
- Dated: circa 1800
- Place of Origin: Malabar Coast
- Measurements: overall length: 19 inches (490mm). Blade length: 13 inches(330mm)
Apparently this is a rare South Indian “Moplah” chopper or sword from the Malabar Coast, South India. It appears to be based on the traditional sword of the Moplah or Mappila people – an Islamic community originating from early Arab contact through trading in South India.
This example displays unusual and ornate construction to the hilt, with chased foliage decoration. There is a very unusual and rare marking on the blade - in silver - of a serrated disk ‘chakrum’ with a central star. Otherwise, the blade is similar in shape and characteristics of a typical Moplah blade and has a stamped eyelash marking along the spine, on both sides.
The ornate hilt is made of copper and has ebony and wooden grips, plus copper and brass inlay decoration into the grips and along the edges. Also, the sword has a domed and fluted pommel cap, with a large pommel tag.
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[ NEWS ] You can finally buy World War Z’s ultimate zombie-killing weapon
The famed battleaxe/shovel hybrid weapon the “Lobo” from World War Z was missing from the final film adaptation of the book, but then again 95% of everything in the book was missing from the film, so that really comes as no surprise.
In the novel, the weapon is said to be one of the key factors in turning the tide against the zombies. Guns ran out of ammo and heads were hard to hit. Bombs were careless and expensive. But battleaxe shoves? Cheap and effective.
ThinkGeek is now offering the new “Crovel Extreme II”, a super-utility weapon that bears more than a passing similarity to the Lobo that helped our boys defeat the undead in the original World War Z novel.
Obviously, the Lobo didn’t make it into the World War Z film — along with about a million other things — but the Shaolin spade-esque weapon has clearly inspired this new version ThinkGeek utility tool. The new Crovel “functions as shovel, hammer, crowbar, woodworking chisel, saw, and bottle opener,” and the shovel can be folded down when you’re not in the middle of fleeing a horde of zombies.
While it lacks the super-sharp edge of the Lobo, you’ll note the Crovel’s shovel end has a serrated edge that should take care of most of your zombie decapitation needs. Also, it’s not fictional, which is super helpful. The Crovel Extreme II is $140, but an extra $30 gets you a reversible steel “super spike” that you can place on the end for improved skull puncturing as well.
- Dated: 19th century
- Measurements: overall length 36”. Blade length 13 1/4”
There’s a watch integrated into the handle of the cane, while a pull of the handle reveals a dagger nearly a foot in length.
MAN AT ARMS: X-Men - Wolverine’s Claws (The Wolverine)
Every week, master swordsmith and renowned propmaster, Tony Swatton, forges iconic weapons using high-speed belt grinders, scorching furnaces, and pounding power hammers. Then he takes his weapon to the streets to bust up some stuff.
This week Tony is creating Wolverine’s claws.