Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Object of geek desire: a real, functional Honedge sword

The oddball Honedge was easily one of the most popular Gen VI 'mon on the internet even before the launch of Pokemon X / Y in October.

It wasn't for its type (Ghost / Steel), or even his learnset. It was because of elegant simplicity - Honedege is nothing more than a flying sword that you get to use to cut down other, cuter, and less sword-like Pokemon.

Unsurprisingly, then, the fan desire for a replica Honedge sword's been pretty strong since X / Y's release... but replicas are for chumps.  If you want the real deal, you should turn to this week's Object of Geek Desire.

Created by the master craftsman and smith Man At Arms (who's been featured on here before), the Honedge sword is the furthest thing from a toy you can think of.

Forged from spring steel treated at a Pokemon-melting 1,550 degrees, Honedge has a full tang down the width of its aluminum grip which makes it as functional as it is eye-catching.  And speaking of eyes, Honedge's trademark peeper is rendered in a fancy glass cabochon - right down to its odd, oblong pupil.

Impressively, the end result is described as coming out "pretty well" with a "great balance" - which is way more than you'd expect from the exaggerated, cartoony design of the Pokemon in question.

Unfortunately, the odds of you lining up to purchase this incredible blade are relatively slim... but you can watch the video below to see it in action.

I have no idea why they use it to smash a clock in slow motion, but I'll be damned if the effect isn't awesome to watch.