History Main / AudibleSharpness

21st Oct '17 10:27:30 AM AnotherGuy
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* A blade will make a ringing sound for a few seconds if drawn against metal. If this happens when it's pulled from a sheath, it's because it's scraping against the metal scabbard collar. Stage scabbards are sometimes designed specifically to produce this effect. Such scabbards have indeed also been used in real life, particularly in the 19th century[[note]]Generally it would have been a simple collar made of brass, which was softer than steel and therefore less likely to dull the edge of a sword, although entirely steel scabbards were not unknown[[/note]], and these latter-day examples may have inspired the trope in theatre and film. Ancient, medieval and early modern scabbards generally consisted of some combination of leather and wood, however, and therefore wouldn't have made much of a dramatic sound, as explained by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzbfuI0PMdA hobbyist Lindybeige]] and (in somewhat more accurate detail) by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAjpdkO-6o HEMA instructor Matt Easton]]. Easton later demonstrated that some 19th century brass throated scabbards [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0eKdGcuxAw can in fact create the schwing]].

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* A blade will make a ringing sound for a few seconds if drawn against metal.metal; this is where the term "singing sword" comes from. If this happens when it's pulled from a sheath, it's because it's scraping against the metal scabbard collar. Stage scabbards are sometimes designed specifically to produce this effect. Such scabbards have indeed also been used in real life, particularly in the 19th century[[note]]Generally it would have been a simple collar made of brass, which was softer than steel and therefore less likely to dull the edge of a sword, although entirely steel scabbards were not unknown[[/note]], and these latter-day examples may have inspired the trope in theatre and film. Ancient, medieval and early modern scabbards generally consisted of some combination of leather and wood, however, and therefore wouldn't have made much of a dramatic sound, as explained by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzbfuI0PMdA hobbyist Lindybeige]] and (in somewhat more accurate detail) by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAjpdkO-6o HEMA instructor Matt Easton]]. Easton later demonstrated that some 19th century brass throated scabbards [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0eKdGcuxAw can in fact create the schwing]].
8th Oct '17 1:57:32 AM erforce
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* The killer manages to do this with a hook in the second ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' film. Made somewhat worse by the fact that said hook is of such a shape that it probably wouldn't fit in a scabbard, and at one point the ''SHING'' seems to happen just because he takes it out from under his coat.

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* The killer manages to do this with a hook in the second ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' film.Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer. Made somewhat worse by the fact that said hook is of such a shape that it probably wouldn't fit in a scabbard, and at one point the ''SHING'' seems to happen just because he takes it out from under his coat.
10th Sep '17 2:28:09 PM nombretomado
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Used by the same kind of series that would use SwordSparks, a subset of TheCoconutEffect. For objects that aren't sharp but still cast an ambient hum along with their glow, see AudibleGleam. See also this trope's GunCounterpart, NoisyGuns.

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Used by the same kind of series that would use SwordSparks, a subset of TheCoconutEffect. For objects that aren't sharp but still cast an ambient hum along with their glow, see AudibleGleam. See also this trope's GunCounterpart, JustForFun/GunCounterpart, NoisyGuns.
4th Sep '17 8:07:23 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Several add-ons for ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}: Source'' give different effects to the standard melee Knife weapon. One add-on replaces the knife with a eastern katana, complete with a "[[NationalStereotypes Stereotypically Eastern]]" fanfare when drawn.

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* Several add-ons for ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}: ''VideoGame/CounterStrike: Source'' give different effects to the standard melee Knife weapon. One add-on replaces the knife with a eastern katana, complete with a "[[NationalStereotypes Stereotypically Eastern]]" fanfare when drawn.
22nd Aug '17 4:50:07 PM urutapu
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* ''Film/KillBill'', with its absolute worship of the samurai sword, is a heavy user of this. The blades of the swords, especially the protagonist's extra-special sword, seem to practically ''sing'' whenever they so much as appear in frame.

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* ''Film/KillBill'', with its absolute worship of the samurai sword, is a heavy user of this. The blades of the swords, especially the protagonist's extra-special sword, seem to practically ''sing'' whenever they so much as appear in frame.frame, even when they aren't moving.
3rd Aug '17 10:37:04 AM Daethalion
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** Interestingly enough, the Sword of Troy ''doesn't'' do this when Paris draws it from his scabbard, though this is probably used to highlight how much of a wimp he is.
31st Jul '17 9:13:46 PM AuraXtreme
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, where Mjolnir has an Audible ''Dullness''. Most notable in ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'', where it hums as Thor flips it in the air like a spatula after a contest between the Avengers.
24th Jul '17 9:05:41 AM XndrK
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* ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' does this when either of the main characters is a particularly sharp animal at the moment.[[note]]For example,
Chris becomes a peregrine falcon; when he subsequently falls out of the sky very fast, his claws do this.[[/note]]
7th Jul '17 6:00:45 AM AFP
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When Buffy swings the Scythe, you can hear it sing.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When Buffy swings the Scythe, you can hear it sing. Worth noting, the Scythe is a LegendaryWeapon in-universe which Buffy only finds in the latter half of the last season of the show.
28th Jun '17 9:29:45 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith''. Used to add tension when the protagonists come home after discovering their other half is a rival assassin, and they have to cut up the dinner while keeping a wary eye on each other. Thus the sound is heard every time someone picks up a knife.

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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith''.''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''. Used to add tension when the protagonists come home after discovering their other half is a rival assassin, and they have to cut up the dinner while keeping a wary eye on each other. Thus the sound is heard every time someone picks up a knife.
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