When you need a knife that will get the job done, it’s best to opt for something with the least amount of bells and whistles and gimmicks. But if you want something that’s completely impractical but downright whimsical, you go for a knife designed by Paul Ehlers.
Ehlers is a man of many trades. The man made movies as a kid and drew comics. He played Madman Marz in the cult classic horror movie “Madman” and acted in a few other short videos. But, for our purposes, Ehlers is a designer of fantasy knives and weapons. He teams up with knife makers to bring the awesome designs to life. He forged a relationship with the legendary Gil Hibben, which is the guy who does the tough job of bringing his designs into reality with expert knifemaking skills.
Before we get into the knives, I want to get something out of the way: these knives are for artistic purposes only and not for regular use. Don’t complain about how this is mall ninja junk because these are actually well-made and quite expensive most of the time. They’re to be enjoyed as art.
Stingrays are elegant creatures that appear to fly through the water with grace. One thing is clear about the Paul Ehlers Stingray: this thing will sting with impunity. Brought to life by the great Gil Hibben, the Stingray is a gauntlet you can hold in your hand with some flourishes that take this awesome design to another level.
Part of it is covered in genuine stingray skin and the eyes are made of mother of pearl. The attention to detail, particularly in the curvature of the flaps, is unparalleled.
The Photon is another Ehlers design and Hibben creation that features a pistol-grip and futuristic lines, like something you’d find straight out of Star Trek. It has a black Micarta handle and an overall length of 16 inches. The knife was featured at the New York Custom Knife Show in 1995 and went on sale in 2005 for about $3,000.
In the pantheon of insane weapons, it’s easy to look at more modern offerings like the PHASR or vomit gun. But one of the fiercest and most difficult weapons to use is the ancient whip sword known as the urumi.
The urumi may very well be one of the most dangerous melee weapons ever — not only for foes but also for the person using the weapon. While the weapon hasn’t been used as such for generations, it is still wielded in demonstrations and Indian martial arts.
This unusual blade is essentially a bendy piece of sharp metal that the user wields like a whip. Here is a look at a fighting demonstration with the urumi sword.
The urumi, which translates to curling blade and is sometimes known as the aara or chuttuval, comes from southern India where it was used as a weapon back in the day. Eventually, it fell out of favor but became incorporated into Kalaripayattu martial arts, one of the oldest fighting styles in the world.
In an attempt to drum up some attention and tourism in the small city of Bowie, Texas, (population 5,219), the Bowie Chamber of Commerce did the most logical thing: they built the world’s largest Bowie knife.
This giant knife is more than 20 feet tall and weighs in at more than 3,000 pounds. It boasts a 14-foot stainless steel blade with a famous clip point. It also has a brass guard and wooden handle—two features commonly seen on Bowie knives.
Why did Bowie create this beast? The city was named after James Bowie, the 19th-century pioneer and creator of the legendary Bowie knife. We’ve written countless articles and posts about Bowie and his knife, so we’d recommend checking those out for more info.
There are many ways to kill a zombie—decapitation, crushing the skull, de-braining, and more. Think of how much more convenient it would be to have all the zombie-defense tools you would ever need in one place.
From the infamous Shark Knife to the slew of hidden knives, we’ve covered an array of interesting knife designs on this blog. One thing we haven’t really touched on are bizarre blade shades. Sure, various novelty knives like the Scorpion Knife qualify for this post, but we decided to bring you only real knives that are functional—or at least were meant to be functional.
In the world of bizarre blade designs, the Microtech Jagdkommando is one of the kings. This blade has three razor-sharp edges that twist into a point. This knife was criticized by many for the fact that it has almost no functional use, except for hurting someone… and hurting them very badly. Still the blade design is novel and interesting to look at.
CRKT Ringed Razel
I hate to say it, but the CRKT Razel has an ugly blade. Don’t get me wrong though: the blade is highly functional and downright useful. Anyone who’s owned the knife loves it and the chisel point makes it really versatile. It’s not something you would ever put on display though.
There are many unique knives that resemble things, including the cleverly designed watermelon knife and the always frightening shark knife. But this design from these smart knife makers is utterly brilliant.
Someone had the great idea of recreating mountain ranges from the serrations of a bread knife. Right now there are only three knives replicating the range of the Swiss Alps, but it seems like there is a desire to do the same for ranges around the world. I would love a nice bread knife with parts of the Sierra Nevada range or the Rocky Mountains.
As I’m not too familiar with the Swiss Alps, though I did hike along the Alps near Mürren a few years ago, I’m curious how geographically accurate these knives are. If they are correct, it only makes this idea and execution even better.
An old U.S. made cutlass pistol worth about $15,000.
We’re all familiar with bayonets—knives that are attached to guns—but there’s one class of knives and guns you might not be aware of: the knife gun.
The knife gun (or gun knife depending on how you look at it) combines two of America’s favorite items into one seamless device. The major difference between a bayonet and a knife gun is that bayonets are affixed to the gun while the blade on the knife gun is usually built into the barrel. This offers much more stability and strength.
It’s difficult if not impossible to find any functioning knife guns for sale, most likely because they are novelty display items. That doesn’t mean they weren’t used in the past, however.
In this age of excess, you sometimes see accessories trying to keep up with the growing size of food. For example, you see extra long hotdog buns or reinforced ice cream cones to support numerous scoops. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you’re talking to), knives have fallen victim to this same excess.
According to a recent article on FOX news, there is a massive kitchen knife with a five-foot blade and one-foot handle. That comes to an overall length of a whopping six feet long. So, what’s the reason for this massive knife? To cut 700-pound bluefin tuna properly without letting anything go to waste.
When I first read the article, I just assumed the long knife was some sort of sword or Japanese Tanto knife, but it really is just a long kitchen knife. The knife is called a maguro bōchō knife, which usually come in much smaller sizes, can cut a whole giant bluefin.
I’m faced with a question: is beauty in the eye of the knife holder?
Let me explain how I arrived at this very philosophical question. While strolling the Internet for interesting tools, I came across the knife you see to the right. As you probably notice, it is a custom-made knife with a really “unique” design. There were some debates on a forum over how it looks.
This is my opinion alone, but I think the knife is absolutely ugly. I’m sure the knifemaker, whom I believe is Rich Derespina, put a lot of thought and care into it, but I still think it’s hideous (to be fair, Rich has also created a bunch of cool knives).
I’ve looked at a lot of knives in my day, and though I’ve never said it out loud, there are some knives I think are flat out grotesque. However, I’m sure there are people out there that think all knives (whether designed for practical uses or art) are a labor of craftsmanship. Each knife is a matter of taste and there will always be someone out there who thinks a knife is beautiful (even if it’s only the knifemaker).
So what side are you on? Is there such a thing as an ugly knife or are they all beautiful in their own right? (Here’s another “artistic” knife below to help you with your decision.)
There has always existed the mantra that bigger is always better. For example, you have giant SUVs, massive airplanes and huge orders of french fries.
In our latest next installment of weird knives, one man took this mantra to the extreme by creating the world’s largest pocket knife.
I’ve heard a lot of people say they must own one of the world’s biggest pocket knives because they can barely get it into their pocket, but those people have obviously never seen this humungous knife, which is an astounding 12 ft. 8 in. when opened. This 268.9 lb definitely takes the cake (which is good because this knife could cut any sized cake).
The knife was designed by a Portuguese artist Telmo Cadavez and handmade by Virgílio, Raúl and Manuel Pires in 2003. It also holds a special place in the Guinness World Records.
Despite its impressive size, this kind of defeats the whole purpose of the pocket knife. If you can’t get it into your pocket (let alone a door frame), is it really a pocket knife?
I know this knife is probably only for artistic purposes and was never created for practical use (unless the designer was expecting Paul Bunyon to make a triumphant return), but the massive pocket knife is still pretty cool.