History Main / NationalWeapon

10th Nov '16 2:56:08 AM Finlay44
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for everything from crafting and cooking to eating and solving disputes with neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for everything from crafting and cooking to eating and solving disputes with irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].
30th Oct '16 2:46:41 PM Divra
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities and shanking irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities everything from crafting and shanking irritating cooking to eating and solving disputes with neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].
17th Oct '16 3:58:11 PM DaibhidC
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** Based (as always) on Tolkien, the dwarfs consider their battleaxes cultural artifacts, and will not part with them even when circumstances require them to bequeath all other weapons (at a diplomatic function, for instance). In Thud we are introduced to a more liberal sect of Dwarfs who do not carry these, believing that the axe is "a state of mind". It helps that they've invented kung fu ("It's like using an axe, without the axe").
** The Dwarfs also have their [[IndestructibleEdible iconic]] [[BaguetteBeatdown bread]].

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** Based (as always) on Tolkien, the dwarfs consider their battleaxes cultural artifacts, and will not part with them even when circumstances require them to bequeath all other weapons (at a diplomatic function, for instance). instance; in ''Literature/TheFifthElephant'' Vimes reminds himself that a dwarf with an axe slung across his back is "politely dressed" rather than "heavily armed"). In Thud ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' we are introduced to a more liberal sect of Dwarfs dwarfs who do not carry these, believing that the axe is "a state of mind". It helps that they've invented kung fu ("It's like using an axe, without the axe").
** The Dwarfs dwarfs also have their [[IndestructibleEdible iconic]] [[BaguetteBeatdown bread]].
29th Aug '16 10:36:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[TheGloryThatWasRome Romans]] had the ''pilum'' javelin. Starting as an Etruscan weapon, the Romans adopted and perfected its design and use, making it something truly devastating and their trademark weapon.

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* The [[TheGloryThatWasRome [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome Romans]] had the ''pilum'' javelin. Starting as an Etruscan weapon, the Romans adopted and perfected its design and use, making it something truly devastating and their trademark weapon.
24th Aug '16 1:57:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] for Nepal, famously with the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers]].

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* [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] for Nepal, famously with the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers]].
9th Jul '16 5:29:19 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have a curved form of sword called the "arakh" as their favorite weapon.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have the arakh, a curved form of sword called the "arakh" sword, as their favorite weapon.
9th Jul '16 5:28:08 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have a curved form of sword called the "arakh" as their favorite weapon.
21st Feb '16 2:55:40 PM ElBuenCuate
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then than a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].
27th Jan '16 3:35:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] have their [[LaserBlade energy swords]], while the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]] have [[DropTheHammer gravity hammers]].
21st Jan '16 2:26:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.

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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.
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