Just to be fair no video has been provided of a Batleth being used in a realistic manner either.Quote:
Originally Posted by hapkido_keithA bench, chopsticks, torch/flashlight, even a fan are all weapons of opportunity; you use what you have at the time. The fact that whole arts have been developed around them is surely silly, but when I'm attacked by surprise next time I'm at the noodle house, jabbing my chopsticks into the eye of my attacker might be an option. I may be wrong, but I don't think even the people that teach these kind of arts would advocate going onto the battlefield with a bench, fan or pair of chopsticks. I've hit a heavy bag with chucks and I think I could control them, and they make a concealable weapon of greater range and impact power than a stick of the same length (plus the entangle ability if you buy that stuff). The Batleth is surely stupid, but at least it's one solid piece and it's sharp; you could do some damage with it.
None of these would be my first, or second or even thirtieth choice of weapon to bring to a fight, but at least you could use all of them in the way they were intended or they are common enough to be an impromptu weapon (fans were very common back in the day).
But the 3SS simply has no purpose other than gimmick. It's not concealable, it's not readily available as a common object (you have to WANT to carry one of these things) and it takes too long to gain proficiency and I think it is generally inferior to sword and spear for it to be a battlefield weapon. Being that no video had ever been produced of anyone using one of these things in a realistic (i.e. not a pre-arranged routine) manner, I don't think it CAN be used in an effective way against anyone but the greenest of LARPing ninjer wannabes.
edited to fix typo