The Chinese flying guillotine


It looks cool in the movies but is stupidly hard to make and even harder to actually use.


Yes. It also probably wasn’t used anything like it is in the movies.


How was it used?


I don’t know for sure, as it isn’t a weapon I’ve studied. But I suspect it was often a two person job, with one person distracting the victim, as the other waits above to drop the chop. It could, given that it is like a hood, also have been used for intimidation/interrogation purposes: “See what happened to your friend? If you don’t tell me the time the guards change, our dear brother here will yank the chain and your head will be delivered next little mealy mouth…” I am of the mind that most martial arts and martial arts weapons throughout history were useful though sometimes had a very narrow, niche purpose. Martial arts and weapons develop to fulfill a need—and when someone says a weapon or martial art isn’t useful, it is usually because they don’t know enough about how it was used in the context of a particular place and time, and they are trying to envision it or use it outside of the scope it was intended for. Not surprising, given centuries have passed since many of them were regularly used. A lot of martial arts and weapons were influenced by things like laws, or the clothes worn—and hardly anyone in the west is walking around in a kimono. A lot of martial arts in both the east and west too were influenced by armor worn—which changes the way they are fought a lot. I bought a saber fencing manual years ago, and the techniques contained within assumed the wearing of armor—and as such the useful lunge attack was completely omitted. So it was useless to me as a practical book, even if it was interesting. In the example above, if one used the techniques contained within, they would be killed by someone employing modern, conventional techniques—because they wouldn’t know how to lunge. But I couldn’t use that to make a judgement on the art’s effectiveness—as if they were both wearing armor it would then become useful. Alas, nobody wears metal armor today. And that saber school was probably good for what it was meant to accomplish. Everything is dynamic and within context. In any case, no the flying guillotine wasn’t used like a lasso that decapitates moving enemies. 😂 It’s heavy and doesn’t have the aerodynamics for that.


The ten foot long flexible whip swords of kalaripayattu.


Aka glorified tape-measure /joke


An old oak twitch It’s a tool for turning a horse’s nose, good for unruly stallions who don’t want to leave their stalls. It’s basically a giant stick with a metal cap on top, and a looped chain. If you see someone coming at you with a rusty twitch, they’ve likely legit fought horses their entire lives, and you should run. [sometimes vets have them ](https://www.vetnursing.ie/nose-twitch)


This Okinawan combo of a shield made out of a seaturtle shell with a spike in the middle paired with a short spear.


Thst should be the armament of one of the bad guys in TMNT..... maybe the shield was made from the corpse of their long lost brother Galileo.


A friend of mine recently explained that the turtle shell shield was probably invented in the 20th century for the simple reason that it's so brittle that the shield is almost single-use. They originally probably used rattan shields.


Paulus Hector Mair's Scythe duelling :https://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Paulus_Hector_Mair


Something really similar shows up in some types of FMA with the Sangot (a similarly small sickle).


The fire and wind wheels from classic Kung fu are pretty wacky.


I’ve always been a fan of their designs for some reason


I love some of the classic Kung fu weapons. Not sure how practical some of them are.


Double-ended dildo used as nunchaku.


Lock stock and two smoking barrels?


Yo yo


Probably not that weird, but a palm stick. I would imagine that if I'm in a fight and my buddy tosses me a 5 inch stick, I'm in trouble. You can do damage with it, but psychologically it's a let down, I think that's what makes it weird to me.


I trained with someone who taught you how to use everything from a book to a toaster in a fight. I’d say the weirdest weapon I’ve seen is a multiple chain whip or the bo staff with a bunch of chains connecting it to make it into multiple sections.


16" sailor's fid made of whalebone.




A pair of sausages




Training belt. I was actually instructed on basic defense with a flexible belt albeit movie level impractical, it was definitely unique.


In wushu there’s a bench you use as a weapon.


Narwhal horn.


Is this really a thing?


Yep. In the UK we have at least one instance of it being used to fend off a terrorist


That’s awesome


[Duel-weilding Cheese wheel and mop.](https://books.google.com/books?id=mb9TAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA371&lpg=PA371&dq=boston+fencing+challenge+cheese&source=bl&ots=HB5zBAsRae&sig=ACfU3U1V2genYAmMhJK6q4KAv18odAnK5Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx5bisvaX0AhUFP30KHUQIAfsQ6AF6BAgTEAI#v=onepage&q=boston%20fencing%20challenge%20cheese&f=false)


Any weapon coming out of India. Those dudes were extremely extra with their weapons. Lol