I was looking at a website for a product called a Zen Staff, and one of the things they make called the Imperial Dragon fan:
Basically, a folding fan with titanium blades and kevlar fabric. I like the idea of applying modern engineering to old weapons, but this part kinda concerned me:
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So I'm pretty doubtful about these claims above. First, the firearm one:
Let's say that this thing is structurally strong enough to have a bullet hit it without piercing through it. Do you imagine that you could maintain a grip on a fan after it takes the energy of a bullet? A fan puts the wrist at a weird angle, and I'll bet the fan would fly out of the hand when shot (at best). I'm guessing the only way that the small firearm application might work is if you covered your back with it while running away. This is all assuming that it can actually stop bullets, which I'd like to see.
I've read that kevlar vests are not stab-proof, so I'm pretty skeptical that this is stab proof. Again, the angle of the fan when open isn't really suitable for receiving force, so I imagine trying to shield against a thrust with it would end up stapling the fan to the stabbing target. I'm guessing the tip would pass between the titanium tines and through the fabric like a knife sliding through a ribcage.
Anyone with a background in engineering, firearms, knives etc have any thoughts on this thing?