1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.

1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back From The Dead...

...with - wait for it - another damned knuckle knife.
First, some housekeeping: Someone called "Western" left a comment and request for an exchange of links. I seem to have lost the comment. Please try again and comment on this post.
Back to the matter at hand; in addition to being another of those obsessive KK's (What the hell's wrong with me?), it's also another of the unique and innovative models created by the enigmatic, Great War manufacturing firm of Robbins of Dudley.
Before I go to prattling on and puffing up my bad-ass self, we'll take another detour into the land of the Mall Ninja, again courtesy of BUDK.
If you read the copy - not the most coherent ("Primitive warfare called for primitive tools. This is one you wouldn’t take a trench without, if your were German!") - you would assume that the "Tomahawk Dagger" (???) was a Second War, German knife.
BUDK could have/should have saved themselves the trouble of the "We're not Nazis" disclaimer by simply being accurate.
It makes me wonder how they came up with the idea that it was from Deutschland. There might be an interesting back-story to it. A German soldier using Dad's captured, WW1 blade perhaps.
In the lineup of weird-looking Robbins knives this may be the prize winner.
Of course it's based around the handle casting and knuckle bow of what I call the Robbins punch dagger.
I suppose one could ask the "which came first" question but the answer should be obvious. Whereas the punch dagger has a well thought-out, ergonomic design, one that maximizes the effect of the "punch" this thing is just weird. But, it's certainly no less ergonomic.
In my opinion, the best thing about it is that it settles, in my mind at least, the question of how the Brits of the day actually held onto these raiding knives.
It's quite comfortable if used the "wrong" way as well. However, in that position, the bow bulges, rather incongruously, right over the ring finger. My, completely specious, explanation is that it allows one to wear one's class ring while using the knife. Dumb, I know.
On a more serious note, the roominess of the knuckle-bow allows this knife, unlike other punch-and-stab blades, to actually be used as a knife; sharpening your pencil, cutting your bully-beef, what have you.
Along with the punch dagger, this one one of Robbins' most popular offerings based on surviving examples.
Coming soon to a website near you.

5 comments:

Big W said...

Now this one I can wrap my head...errr hand around. Big fan of daggers, great job on this one Dan !!

Andy said...

Another case of badass Dan!

Dan brock said...

Bad ass is as bad ass does, sir.
Where the hell are you?

Andy said...

Back home at long last!

Dan brock said...

Woo Hoo!

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