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BrickArms Cleaver Prototype

Postby the enigma that is badger » Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:30 pm

A new prototype item from BrickArms was displayed at BrickWord that I thought I'd share with you guys: the BrickArms Cleaver!

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With unparalleled power behind its slash and chop, the BrickArms Cleaver is deadly even in the hands of a novice. Able to cut through armor and bone with a single stroke, this imposing weapon was inspired by the legendary Chinese da dao, a design that saw use on the front lines of warfare all the way to World War II and was reputed to remove the heads of enemies with ease. The BrickArms cleaver is an excellent choice for any figure who wants an truly imposing blade by their side!


As with any prototype, there is no release date set for this item nor is the design and color finalized. However, don't expect the design to change much (if at all) when the accessory sees full production.

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Postby Tiny Tank Rannon » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:20 pm

So an arabian dude with a chinese weapon, sweet.
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Postby Blitzen » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:46 pm

1. When I read the topic title I though it said "clever".

2. That's not a cleaver. That's a scimitar.
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Postby Bonn-o-Tron » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:16 pm

I dunno, from what I've seen, scimitars are thinner at the base, and longer.
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Postby Blitzen » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:20 pm

I googled it, and this does look like a da dao. However, the type of minifig wielding this weapon makes me think it's a scimitar. P.S., this is a real cleaver.
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Postby Dr. X » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:38 pm

Yeah, a cleaver is that wicked looking "butcher knife" thing they always chop off heads with in movies.

Even though I've already seen this weapon before, it's awesome. Good for the guy in Indiana Jones who spins around his sword fancily and then gets shot lazily by Indy. (love that scene)

I'm not as excited by this as much as the KA-BAR, baseball bats, or others though. I never really liked scimitars, da daos, and the like.
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Postby IVhorseman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:22 pm

what DID get shown off, anyways?
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Postby piltogg » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:37 pm

well this is wayy better than lego's version of a skimmy

ok so maybe I just hate them because I bought like 30 in yellow and when I got them I realised that they looked realy stupid due to oversize
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Postby the enigma that is badger » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:55 pm

In regards to the name of this item, the second Chinese character of dadao, 刀, is used to refer to any broad-bladed item. Kitchen cleavers, like the one pictured above, are called tsai dao. Da dao literally means "big cleaver."

One translation often used for larger dao is broadsword, but given this term is usually associated with types of Western straight bladed swords, the decision was made to refer to this item as the BrickArms Cleaver.

Blitzen wrote:I googled it, and this does look like a da dao. However, the type of minifig wielding this weapon makes me think it's a scimitar.

Reference photo for WWII-era dadao-using Chinese troops:

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IVhorseman wrote:what DID get shown off, anyways?

See here for a partial list.
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Postby Dr. X » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:14 am

Wow. Now that I think about it, Badger would make a very good lawyer.
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Postby Theblackdog » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:44 am

Anyone have stats for it yet? Come to think of it, I don't think even the 2001 rules contain stats for a scimitar.
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Postby pesgores » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:06 am

That guy looks just like the Cairo Swordsman of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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Postby Erasmas » Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:38 am

In the Arabian sense, a sword like that would actually be called a "falchion". A scimitar refers to the thinner curved-bladed swords. Falchions are the ones that widen out like that and were typically wielded two-handed because of their size and weight.

No doubt, the influence for the da dao and the falchion came from the same place. It just looks like the da dao was probably a smaller, one-handed version.
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Postby Blitzen » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:02 am

Are you serious? The one in the fourth edition DND book has a handle that is a lot longer.

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EDIT: You were in the recent Brickshelf folders, Badger.

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=231044
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Postby the enigma that is badger » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:36 am

Blitzen wrote:EDIT: You were in the recent Brickshelf folders, Badger.

Yes, I posted a comparison picture of the BA Cleaver with the TLC Scimitar (requested on Classic Castle):

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I think it's clear which one is better proportioned to the minifig! :wink:

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