Thursday, April 01, 2010
CAS Hanwei Tactical Wakizashi
That's right, a "Tac Wak," and I'm inexplicably excited.
This is a weird, hybrid beast, and I can't discern any realistic role or requirement for the thing.
As a wakizashi, it breaks all traditional aesthetics and notions of form. It is, in a word, ugly. No self-respecting Japanese swordsman would train with such a monstrosity.
As a tactical tool, it seems equally useless. It seems too specialized for a soldiering role. I can't imagine any kind of law enforcement use. It has inherent drawbacks as a civilian self-defense tool. Consider, for example, the trouble one student found himself in when he killed a trespasser with a katana... This is trouble he might've avoided if he'd hastily armed himself with a stick, a kitchen knife, or even a handgun -- any item more reasonably acceptable.
I have heard of backcountry hikers arming themselves with large blades where either they or the park are squeamish about firearms.
And please, no zombiggeddon cracks. A wakizashi is way too short for that environment...
But despite these obstacles, it does look cool. I'm sure it will find its way onto my "list" -- just not prioritized very high. There has been a trend toward larger tactical knives, and also toward more traditional shapes. I found myself salivating over CRKT's giant Hisshou, but the price has kept me away. If I spend that much money on a blade, I'm buying a Viking sword.
But the Hanwei Tac Wak is modestly priced between $114 and $150. At that price, I'd probably send it out for a custom kydex sheath -- probably with a shoulder strap so i can make cool, over the top, ninja-style draws! Hmmm... maybe I should hold out for a tactical ko-katana, or Tac Ko Kat?