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November 14, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
What are some good examples of unusual items being used as surprisingly effective weapons?
posted by The otter lady to Grab Bag (45 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for examples of something you wouldn't normally think of as a weapon, being used as one, with surprising effectiveness. The kind of thing Jackie Chan does a lot with things like shopping carts, ladders, and so forth. There's a scene in (I think the first Drunken Master?) where the guy kicks ass with a simple foot bench; that's awesome!
Bonus points if it's something semi-serious, like maybe the Spetznatz have an actual fighting technique based around the use of the entrenching shovel, or one of those martial arts where, since weapons were outlawed, they developed a style around farm tools. Things which are not exactly designed as weapons but still pretty clearly make a good swinging club (like the crowbar) are not as interesting; I'm looking for something where the odd shape of the item becomes an actual feature of the fighting style (like maybe using the prongs of the crowbar to catch and break an opponent's weapon.)
Video would of course be awesome, but I'd also be happy with detailed written descriptions or books, or even just the facts, ma'm; like "In ancient Foobar there was a fighting style based around the use of the ox-yolk; this was later adapted by the Star Trek community in developing the use of the Klingon bat'leth."