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  • Visceran - June 30, 2014 2:04 a.m.

    10 points for including the Soul Reaver. The first Legacy of Kain was breathtaking and then not so much.
  • patrick-smith - June 30, 2014 1:18 a.m.

    They should have these guys do "Top 10 Unrealistic and Impractical Skyrim Weapons"
  • abortretryfail - June 16, 2014 11:58 p.m.

    Have you guys seen Man at Arms on youtube? The guy has made a couple of these already. A few unwieldly while others can can slice and dice pretty well... https://www.youtube.com/user/AweMeChannel/search?query=man+at+arms
  • sy-gower - March 21, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    NOTE: Previous comment had errors, can someone delete it please? (And edit this out if possible when done?) No mention of blades in Okami. Also, I noticed plenty of Final Fantasy Swords mentioned but no other Zelda swords bar the Master Sword... what about The Kokiri Sword, The Biggoron Sword, all of the Swords in Majora's Mask, all of the pre-Master Sword swords in all of the games, the 4 Sword, or other swords in other games like Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, etc?
  • sy-gower - March 21, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    No mention of blades in Okami. Also, I noticed plenty of Final Fantasy Swords mentioned but no other Zelda swords bar the Master Sword... what about The Kokiri Sword, The Biggoron Sword, all of the Swords in Majora's Mask, all of the pre-Masrer Sword swords, the 4 Sword, or other swords in other games like Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, etc?
  • alllifeinfate - March 14, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    I wonder if another one of this list would be needed considering if the developers continue to come out with designs like these... then again, it would not be as fun as this! :)
  • Rub3z - March 6, 2014 5:32 a.m.

    So cool. You could have chosen a better Dark Souls example, like say the Washing Pole (insanely long katana) or one of my favorites, the Black Knight Greatsword.
  • game_over - January 26, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    ...the lonely sound of a pyramid head blade scraping closer...
  • max-martin-peacock - January 25, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    Sora's Key unlocks peoples death
  • TheFrozenOne - January 25, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    It's not made from steel but I would have liked to have read the reaction to Halo's Energy Sword.
  • SwordSmith1 - February 23, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    Toughest issue with this weapon is the way the hand orientates to the two blades. Quite a bit of stress at the two points where the blades transitions into the grip. The grip will not give the user much leverage on the blades. This will make attacks with the edges some what weak especially if impacting other weapons or hard objects. The wrist is not the strangest joint to focus that kind of leverage on. Thrusting would probably be a bit better if one keeps their forearm and hand aligned along the access of the thrust. Not sure how the "energy" part interacts with the sword itself so that may have additional or altering affects?
  • ombranox - June 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    It's not really a sword. Effectively, it's a lightsaber tekko. In-game, it's used to make punches turn into stabs.
  • uppreisn - January 25, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Great article, love reading these "most impractical" gems. Keep em coming!!
  • Spider3PO - January 25, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    So 5 out of 19 weapons would work efficiently. Didn't think Tidus's sword would fail. As a blade, yes. It doesn't look like it can cut. As a blunt object, it looked like it would be as effective as a 2x4. Nor the Master Sword, which looks functional. Unexpected. I wonder what he would of thought of the Vigilance sword from Dragon Age Awakening? http://darla-illara.deviantart.com/art/Dragon-age-Awakening-Vigilance-174962872 Or Nero's sword? From DMC 4. These articles should have sequels. I want to see what this guy thinks of Anime swords and Armour too. There's also games that can be picked on for impractical bows. While we're on the projectile weapons subject, impractical guns could make a great article too. Really dig these random GR articles. This one was really interesting. ^.^ Keep up the good work!
  • SwordSmith1 - February 20, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Hello Spider I just got the info on the article being up so sorry for the delay in responding. I am glad you found it interesting. One insight I have had after studying historical weapons and armor for a long time is that the human mind will try just about anything. If you can think it up and it will work in the real world with real materials someone has tried it before and most likely a couple of times. IN the case of the Vigilance sword you posted above checkout this link. http://image.ox.ac.uk/images/bodleian/ms.bodl.264/132v.jpg zoom in on the miniature and check out these 12th Century versions. As far as nero's sword it would probably be able to be adjusted to work quite well, but as he is depicted with it and carry's it illustrates another issue with many game based swords. The back carry. The length of your arm dictates how long something can be drawn from your back. A regular scabbard will limit the length of blade to quite a short piece compared to most swords depicted as being carried on the back. You can good around with hooks and tip pockets or quick release side scabbards (i.e. Braveheart) but they are tricky and point out the chief flaw with any of these weapons carried on the back. When you need it its behind you. Your opponent is most likely closing from the front. In the all crucial timing of the fight this starts you behind your opponents initiative and it pretty much goes down hill from there. You could run to gain time but that is tough to pull off in a heroic way. In period large swords where carried over the shoulder and used in very efficient styles that focused on your hands moving a couple of inches while the tip of your sword moves several feet. The Iberians created several manuals in the period of this style of sword use that are quite enlightening. Best Craig
  • Spider3PO - February 22, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    Cool! I never thought their would be an old version of the vigilance sword. Most of the swords I'm used to seeing are generic broadswords, cutlasses, scimitars, and katanas. So this is definitely interesting to see. As for the Nero sword, I guess I never really thought about swords drawn from the back. Or how the sword were carried for maximum efficiency. It's interesting. Thanks for the informative reply. ^.^
  • SwordSmith1 - February 22, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    Happy to help. I enjoyed doing the article and its always fun to compare the creative minds of the past with those of today.
  • tux_peng - February 23, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    bigeron sword might have been interesting
  • SwordSmith1 - February 23, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Happy to comment but not quite sure what the sword looks like?
  • tux_peng - February 23, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    I spelled it wrong too :-) The alternate sword from OOT, it has ridiculously big blade; http://zeldawiki.org/Biggoron%27s_Sword

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