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    Picture of the Time Unit - Have you ever wanted a mechanized shark-tooth katana?

    Have you ever wanted a mechanized shark-tooth katana?




    Well here is a regular shark-tooth sword.

    From Kiribati, an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean.



    National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
    "Sword Micronesia, probably Kiribati, Nineteenth century
    Whalebone, the edges grooved and framed with shark's teeth secured by sinnet."



    From Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology > Pacific Islands Hall


    One of the most inspiring self-defense weapons ever?
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    A friend of mine owns a "saw shark snout sword" kind of like this:
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    The "blade" is about 4 ft long, but it feels a bit more fragile than some of the shark tooth clubs i've handled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChenPengFi View Post
    A friend of mine owns a "saw shark snout sword" kind of like this:
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    The "blade" is about 4 ft long, but it feels a bit more fragile than some of the shark tooth clubs i've handled.
    yeah, it's the snout off of a sawfish. My great great aunt Lucy was a Baptist missionary to China and India at the beginning of the 20th Century, and sent back an "unaltered" snout, so no grip to it. I've still got it, a century later.

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    seems similar to Hawaiian and Aztec weapons, though I think those usually used flint/sharp rocks not shark teeth and are therefore slightly less awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krijgsman View Post
    seems similar to Hawaiian and Aztec weapons, though I think those usually used flint/sharp rocks not shark teeth and are therefore slightly less awesome.
    You're thinking of the maquahuitl, which was edged with obsidian and therefore sharper than ****.

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    The Hawai'ian "Lei o Mano" uses teeth, typically from tiger sharks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChenPengFi View Post
    The Hawai'ian "Lei o Mano" uses teeth, typically from tiger sharks.

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    My uncle has one of those. I used to mess around with it when I was a kid.

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    Picture of the Time Unit - Have you ever wanted a mechanized shark-tooth katana?

    Quote Originally Posted by PizDoff View Post
    Have you ever wanted a mechanized shark-tooth katana?
    The word you're looking for is, "Chainsword."

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    They had a display of Polynesian weapons at the SD Museum of Man, including a lot of those shark tooth nasties. I wonder, though, how easily those teeth would start popping out of their mounts when subjected to the stress of combat.

    I wonder if the curvature of the swords there was meant to be utilized curving back (like a katana) or forward (like a kukhri). Reminds me of an atassa, a saber-like war club favored by a number of North American indigenous:

    meant to be used in either grip alignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    I wonder, though, how easily those teeth would start popping out of their mounts when subjected to the stress of combat.
    The teeth are set in a fairly snug groove on the sturdier ones, and were of course meant to be used on nearly bare flesh.
    I think you're right for the most part though, especially with holes drilled in the teeth.

    I like the knuckle duster version, that would suck to get punched with.

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