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[ NEWS ] Contemporary Katana Sword by Marc Newson and Tohoku Craftsmen
- by Ginisty Gauthier
This unique set of Japanese swords are the fruit of the collaboration between Australian designer Mark Newson and craftsmen from Japan’s Tohoku area. The piece aims to combine the minimalist aesthetics of contemporary design with the age-old skills of the traditional Japanese craftsmen.
But the hard part of this project was not merely to come up with a good-looking design. It required a true, in-depth collaboration between Newson and the craftsmen in order to be able to produce the first Aikuchi sword.
The Australian designer traveled to meet them in their Tohoku workshops and discover their time-tested techniques. As a Japanese craftsmen will typically master one craft only, several were needed for the project. Experts in lacquerware, woodwork, and blade-making put their skills to work during a tedious trial and error process.
As you would expect, an object created to cross the borders between art, design and craftsmanship will not be easy to get your hands on: it comes at an undisclosed price, and only 10 pieces will be produced.
Swords in Gaming - Dishonored - Corvo’s Folding Blade
- Measurements: 29.726 w x 2.5 d x 8.92 h (cm) / 11.703 w x 0.984 d x 3.512 h (inches)
Corvo Attano is the protagonist of Dishonored. Previously an agent and bodyguard to Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, Corvo is stripped of his title of Lord Protector and imprisoned by the usurper, Royal Spymaster Hiram Burrows, on the pretense of having murdered the Empress and abducted her daughter, Emily Kaldwin.
After escaping from confinement on the eve of his execution, Corvo becomes an assassin for the Loyalist Conspiracy, eliminating Burrows’ confederates to clear his name, avenge the Empress’ death, and restore Emily to the throne.
Corvo’s Folding Blade is the primary right-hand weapon for most of Dishonored. Its mechanism is resilient and efficient for both stealthy assassinations and open melee combat. This utility combined with its dense metal makes it perfect for defensive maneuvers. It can be upgraded by Piero Joplin for 600 coins, to be more effective at “locking blades” and pushing away enemies.
Corvo’s folding blade has a unique design, even for Dishonored’s art style. It is telescopic, meaning that each of its three sections are housed inside of each other—with a simple squeeze of the handle, the cross-guard opens, and the middle section of the blade shoots out, the point unfolding from within it. At present, the actual mechanics of the sword are unknown.
It is theorised that a trigger on the front of the handle is pressed inward toward the palm, activating a double-action switch, which causes an internal spring to pull the middle section of the blade out the top of the handle, locking it in place. The final section extends from the middle in much the same fashion. Upon pressing the trigger again, the switch resets, unlocking the blade and pulling the two sections back inside the handle, allowing the blade to be easily stored and concealed.
Some say that the sword functions like a butterfly knife - on a swivel allowing the blade to swing free, but Corvo’s sword, the blade seems to shoot out vertically like a spring or something after the handles open slightly.
During the gameplay, the player’s sword will develop “chips and cracks”; there are actually part of the upgraded sword’s aesthetic, like some residue used to improve the blade’s metal. The blade of Corvo’s sword will take on an appearance indicative of mineral ore in the amalgamation of the blade’s metal if the sword-crossing upgrade is purchased.
Corvo normally slashes with his blade when he does not perform a counter or assassination maneuver. There are four slash animations when Corvo is standing, but only one reverse grip attack while he is crouching. Also, each assassination target has a unique death animation when approached and killed from the front.
Funnily enough the main character is named after a bladed weapon. The corvo is a bladed weapon typically used in Chile. It is a double-edged knife with a curved blade of approximately 12 inches. Initially a tool similar to a grape hook, it was widely used in combat during the War of the Pacific. It was not standard issue, but rather a personal weapon or tool that the soldiers brought with them from home.
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