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14th Feb '17 6:52:43 PM b2jammer
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** In ''Smash 4'', Roy was changed to hold his sword in reverse grip for many of his attacks, in an attempt to declone him and make his Sword of Seals look heavier than Marth and Lucina's Falchions.
8th Feb '17 3:39:15 PM KaputExaltation
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Holding a blade in this manner imposes some restrictions on the wielder. The wielder's reach and angle of attack is reduced compared to a forward grip, notably preventing any direct thrusts. Additionally this weakens the grip and decreases the blade's stability, due to the weaker pinky taking precedence. Despite this there are advantages with this style, namely that it facilitates certain defensive maneuvers (you can lay the blade against your forearm and let that take the blow instead of your wrist), allows for more powerful downwards and inwards strikes (albeit only with shorter blades) and has sometimes been viewed as more intuitive (and thus easier to learn and apply) than the regular grip. It is worth remembering that while this is used all over the place in fiction, it is perishingly rare outside of knife fighting in real life, as the above-mentioned drawbacks massively outweigh the advantages with any weapon longer and heavier than a dagger.

The reasons for using a reverse grip vary, depending on the character and work. The grip might be a tactical choice to facilitate blocking, slicing, downward stabbing motions or any combination thereof. It might be used in conjunction with DualWielding to provide a more diverse range of strikes. It might be the most convenient grip to use on a weapon that is drawn quickly. Of course, it also simply [[RuleOfCool looks cool]] and might be used to indicate that the user is a hardened or experienced killer.

Related to GangstaStyle, with the difference being that the Reverse Grip can actually be practical in some circumstances.

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Holding a blade in this manner imposes some restrictions on the wielder. The wielder's reach and angle of attack is reduced compared to a forward grip, notably preventing any direct thrusts. Additionally this weakens the grip and decreases the blade's stability, due to the weaker pinky taking precedence. Despite this there [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRB9h8D3xao There are advantages with this style, style]], namely that it facilitates certain grappling maneuvers (you can use the blade as a hook to assist in maneuvering the enemy, or to inflict damage during a grapple), defensive maneuvers (you can lay the blade against your forearm and let that take the blow instead of your wrist), allows for more powerful downwards and inwards strikes (albeit only with shorter blades) strikes, allows for extreme angles of attack at extremely close range, and has sometimes been viewed as more intuitive (and thus easier to learn and apply) than the regular grip. It That said, The wielder's reach is worth remembering that while this is used all over the place in fiction, reduced compared to a forward grip, and it is perishingly rare outside of knife fighting in real life, as the above-mentioned drawbacks massively outweigh the advantages with prevents any weapon longer and heavier than a dagger.

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The reasons for using a reverse grip vary, depending on the character and work. The grip might be a tactical choice to facilitate blocking, grappling, slicing, downward stabbing motions or any combination thereof. It might be used in conjunction with DualWielding to provide a more diverse range of strikes. It might be the most convenient grip to use on a weapon that is drawn quickly. Of course, it also simply [[RuleOfCool looks cool]] and It might be used to indicate that the user is a hardened or experienced killer.

killer. Of course, it also simply [[RuleOfCool looks cool]].

Related to GangstaStyle, with the difference being that the Reverse Grip can actually be practical in some circumstances.if used properly.
30th Jan '17 4:02:50 AM StFan
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the sword form Heron Wading in the Rushes has the sword held reversed over the head, while standing on one leg. According to the main character's teacher, it's good for practicing balance and [[RealityEnsues getting yourself killed]]. Used ([[ChekhovsGun at the end of the book it was introduced in]]) as sort of a weaponized TakingYouWithMe or MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: by exposing himself to lethal damage, Rand gets his opponent to over-commit and thus expose ''himself'' to lethal damage.
** The get yourself stabed to get the enemy move is called "Sheathing the Sword". As Lan but it: "There will come a time when you must achieve a goal at all costs. It may come in attack or in defense. And the only way will be to allow the sword to be sheathed in your own body. ... when the price is worth the gain, and there is no other choice left to you. That is called Sheathing the Sword. Remember it."

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
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sword form Heron "Heron Wading in the Rushes Rushes" has the sword held reversed over the head, while standing on one leg. According to the main character's teacher, it's good for practicing balance and [[RealityEnsues getting yourself killed]]. Used ([[ChekhovsGun at the end of the book it was introduced in]]) as sort of a weaponized TakingYouWithMe or MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: by exposing himself to lethal damage, Rand gets his opponent to over-commit and thus expose ''himself'' to lethal damage.
** The get yourself stabed stabbed to get the enemy move is called "Sheathing the Sword". As Lan but it: "There will come a time when you must achieve a goal at all costs. It may come in attack or in defense. And the only way will be to allow the sword to be sheathed in your own body. ...body... when the price is worth the gain, and there is no other choice left to you. That is called Sheathing the Sword. Remember it."



** "The way to a man's heart was through his stomach."

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* Mulder and Scully more often or not held their flashlights in this manner on ''Series/{{The X-Files}}''. See "Real Life" below for an explanation why.
* On ''Series/{{The Walking Dead}}'', Daryl Dixon can often be seen holding his knife in this grip when facing off with zombies.

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* Mulder and Scully more often or not held their flashlights in this manner on ''Series/{{The X-Files}}''.''Series/TheXFiles''. See "Real Life" below for an explanation why.
* On ''Series/{{The Walking Dead}}'', ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Daryl Dixon can often be seen holding his knife in this grip when facing off with zombies.



10th Jan '17 3:05:43 PM Nohime17
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** According to Geoff Crookes, the Animation Director of the development team behind Warframe, the Blind Justice stance mod applied to Nikanas (aka Katanas) is based on the reverse grip fighting style practiced by the fictional Japanese swordsman Zatōichi. [[spoiler: The name of the stance also alludes to Zatōichi's blindness.]]


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30th Dec '16 10:21:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/{{Faster}}'', [[DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] character wields an icepick against a man with a larger knife. Ironically, it's The Rock who flips his weapon into reverse grip.

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* In ''Film/{{Faster}}'', [[DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] Wrestling/TheRock's character wields an icepick against a man with a larger knife. Ironically, it's The Rock who flips his weapon into reverse grip.
30th Dec '16 9:22:37 AM bethsong
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhqKifRdjC8 baselard]], a popular 14th and 15th century dagger, was commonly welded with a reversed hammerfist grip for a stronger underhand stab.
30th Dec '16 1:21:32 AM Sparrowhawk
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* Some riot-control drills call for officers to stow their batons in a reverse grip (held behind the forearm) when not in a direct confrontation. Much like the kitchen-knife example, this is supposed to appear less threatening than waving the baton around, and thus should (at least in theory) help officers to avoid provoking a violent response. It also allows them to keep the weapon handy in case things really do go south, in which case it takes less than a second to shift to a standard grip.
2nd Dec '16 5:18:48 PM BiffJr
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* Integra ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' reveals just how badass she can be by facing an army of vampires holding her saber in a reverse grip. On a side note, Alexander Anderson who appears soon thereafter switches from reverse grip to normal and back with ease all the time.

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* Integra ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' reveals just how badass she can be by facing an army of vampires holding her saber in a reverse grip. On a side note, Alexander Anderson who appears soon thereafter switches from reverse grip to normal and back with ease all the time.



* Cutter in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' uses his short curved sword New Moon in a reverse grip to slash his opponents. Panel 5 of this page from #15 of the original series (WARNING: violent battle scene) is [[http://elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/index.php?s=OQ/OQ15&p=27 the first time we see him use this technique]]
** Note that the manga ''KamuiNoKen'' (''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'') was a major influence on the artist, Cutter gets his technique straight from Kamui (which makes him some sort of elf-ninja).

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* Cutter in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' uses his short curved sword New Moon in a reverse grip to slash his opponents. Panel 5 of this page from #15 of the original series (WARNING: violent battle scene) is [[http://elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/index.php?s=OQ/OQ15&p=27 the first time we see him use this technique]]
** Note that the
technique]] [[note]] The manga ''KamuiNoKen'' (''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'') was a major influence on the artist, Cutter gets his technique straight from Kamui (which makes him some sort of elf-ninja).[[/note]]
11th Nov '16 3:35:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* Jyuji Kabane from ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}: Overdose'' deserves a special mention as he '''[[DualWielding dual-wields]] [[SwissArmyWeapon gun]]-[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] in reverse grip''', thereby making him an automatic BadAss. He also happens to be an undead, blind swordsman with a penchant for fire, but [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot that's....]]

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* Jyuji Kabane from ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}: Overdose'' deserves a special mention as he '''[[DualWielding dual-wields]] [[SwissArmyWeapon gun]]-[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] in reverse grip''', thereby making him an automatic BadAss.badass. He also happens to be an undead, blind swordsman with a penchant for fire, but [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot that's....]]
7th Nov '16 1:50:11 PM roxana
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* In Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Literature/LastEnemy,'' Verkan Vall picks a knife duel and blinks in astonishment when he notices his opponent using this style. After killing the fellow -- "Only eight seconds from the time you closed with him" -- Vall, who learned knife-fighting from pirates, remarks that he feels like a murderer of children; evidently Piper didn't think much of the Reverse Grip.

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* In Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Literature/LastEnemy,'' [[Literature/{{Paratime}} ''The Last Enemy'']] Verkan Vall picks a knife duel and blinks in astonishment when he notices his opponent using this style. After killing the fellow -- "Only eight seconds from the time you closed with him" -- Vall, who learned knife-fighting from pirates, remarks that he feels like a murderer of children; evidently Piper didn't think much of the Reverse Grip.
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