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This is a notion I've kind-of wanted to have for some
number of years, but there was a problem with it
I could not resolve before now. So...
A nice sharp blade needs a handle. For a quarterstaff,
anywhere along the staff is a handle. If you want to
manipulate a 2-meter blade like
a quarterstaff, then you
need a way to grip it safely and securely at multiple
locations, *without* interfering much with the sharpness
of the 2-meter blade. That's the
conundrum to which I now offer this solution.
Since the blade should be expected to be uniform in
all along its length, except for the very ends (sharp
of course!), we could imagine a kind of sliding handle
of them) that closely fits the shape of the blade.
Now we imagine that the blade has a set of shallow
notches at perhaps 1-cm intervals all along its length.
handle would contain a mechanism that by-default
into at least one and possibly several of those notches.
When latched, obviously the handle cannot slide along
At either end of each handle are two or three thumb-
pushable buttons that can unlatch the mechanism. No
matter how the BladeStaff is rotated or gripped, any
a hand is holding a handle, one of those multiple buttons
can be accessed by a thumb. Any time both hands are
holding the BladeStaff, you can unlatch either handle
move it to a different location along the BladeStaff, and
it. I won't recommend unlatching both at the same time
without a lot of practice, as that might allow gravity or
momentum to pull the BladeStaff out of both handles.
Embarrassing, or worse!
Fixed grip [8th of 7, Sep 25 2017]
Prior art: Doing basically this with a regular sword. Don't miss the "ricasso" link in the middle. [notexactly, Feb 11 2018]
||[8th of 7], a bat'leth is not as lengthy as a quarterstaff,
I think it would also be less versatile than a BladeStaff.
curve of a bat'leth would affect the symmetry of what we
might call "range of effective motion", compared to a
straight same-length version.
||I should mention that the origin of this Idea can be traced
to something I read many years ago, about how an expert
quarterstaff user could almost always defeat an expert
swordsman (especially if the wooden quarterstaff had
some metal reinforcing). So, if the two weapons could
somehow be combined, that should be better still. I can
agree that a bat'leth is one approach to such a
combination, but on one side it has far less "blade" (sharp
on the other side, and I consider that to be a flaw.
||// a bat'leth is not as lengthy as a quarterstaff, and I think it would also be less versatile than a BladeStaff. //
||We don't disagree, indeed we have bunned the idea. We were merely pointing out Prior Art.
||Bunned. But make mine with only one handle : the guys with two are all gonna be nicknamed "Lefty", "Frodo" and "Stumpy" in pretty short order.
||(The starwars version of course is a bare blade: the wielder dawns variable-field magnetic gauntlets)
||<winces, wonders if the wazikashi is still in the shed>
||<wonders if the brickbat is closer>