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Simultaneously flicks open and
ejects a blade along the length
of its blade with a long
compressed spring that is
guided by a track in the blade.
The blade is also electro-
magnetized to attract the dart
and more ferrous blood.
Sheathing the blade compresses
the launching spring.
launching spring is
decompressed upon opening,
and the dart or blade ejected
along the blade's length, it
must be resheathed before
closing, and the sheath
removed before opening and
launching. Once the spring is
decompressed it can remain
beside the blade to enhance
stabbing repetition. When the
blade flicks open the
compressed spring launches the
smaller blade or dart contained
in the knuckleduster magazine
[rcarty, Dec 27 2013]
[mitxela, Dec 27 2013]
||So this is a knife that shoots another smaller knife.
I am certain it would go off in my pocket.
||It may have done so just now.
||Is that a fatal thigh wound, or are you just pleased to see me? Doesn't really have a ring to it...
||The combined action of flicking open 180 degrees and
the spring decompressing launches the blade. The dart
or blade should reach the end of the blade by the time
the blade opens from 0 to 180.
||The electromagnetic blade and the stabbing spring are
bonusus in the design. Once the spring is decompressed
it rests against the side of the blade, so that stabbing to
the hilt would recompress it, although stabbing less
deeply allows the wielder to take advantage of the recoil
for repeated stabs.
||Ballistic knives exist, of course, but this design is unique
because it uses lever and spring loading in combination.
||Cool, you should file for a patent on it.
||I can't think of any polite uses for such an
implement, so [-].
||Maybe I will lienypoo, maybe I will...(Begins dream
||Polite use... Defending your honour against the slights of a
||Really having a flying knife as part of a regular knife
seems like gilding the lily. The real knife should be
only part of ones person not toting spring loaded
flying knives. When the ruffian slights you, you pull
out your knife, and when he scoffs because of his
bigger knife, more knives (some serrated!) fly forth
from your person. In all directions!
||Warn your companion this might take place,
possibly with very short notice.
||You allude to the blade suit inspired by the porcupine
that uses air pressure
to raise erect and eject blades that harmlessly lay flat
against the body. Blade suits can stack blades like scales
so pressure release through the air system stands and
ejects many blades at once.
||There's one very good reason why knife-throwing is not a
practical combat skill: if you miss, get ready to be killed by
your own weapon. If you're really skilled I suppose it's a
decent ambush option since it's quiet, but compressed
springs and sliding metal tracks are not.
||Funny - I stuck a knife in the wall last night. I was proud that I had not lost my touch, yet dismayed that it was not the wall I was aiming at.
||It's more about the dream of the blade launcher, than
little impracticalities that burst the dream bubble. It's
one where the blade launcher is constructed from some
old mousetraps and throws rusty straightened nails,
flattened and filed to a point with an old rock. It's
the creaking of the rusty hinge, and the squeal of the
spring sliding in the track is part of the nightmarish
ambience of rusty iron and bloody flesh wounds of the
blade launcher's morbid domain. The slung nail is just a
warning shot as the springloaded joint of wood and steel
flicks open and the nail shard glances off a forehead or
takes someone clean in the belly. The blade launcher
isn't an effective weapon, it's meant to be wielded in
deprivation after all the live ammunition has been fired,
in the post-apocalypse.
||In that case I apologize. I took this idea entirely the wrong
way. Have fun in your bubble!
||Really the blade launcher is about is the inner turmoil of
the 'artist' and repressed hostility that manifests itself
visually in poorly formed sketches in pencil, and clumsily
worded form submissions in type. The post is an act of
agression against the very critics who would oppose its
submission, and whose utilitarian preferences constrain his