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April 23, 2012

The Blade Drive incorporates an adjustable green laser sighting system, along with another...

The Blade Drive incorporates an adjustable green laser sighting system, along with another very notable feature

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German cyberpunk weapons-maker Patrick Priebe has created another dangerous toy, and this one's a doozy. Previously, he’s built things such as a laser-sighted wrist-mounted crossbow, and a hand-mounted flamethrower. His latest creation, the Blade Driver, is a full-size laser-sighted crossbow ... oh yeah, and instead of shooting arrows, it shoots spinning rotary saw blades.

The main body of the Blade Driver is aluminum, although brass is used in areas that are subjected to friction. Santos palisander, an exotic tropical wood, also makes a couple of appearances on the weapon.

The Blade Drive is a laser-sighted crossbow, that shoots spinning rotary saw blades

The bow is made from 15 x 0.8 mm spring steel. It flings spinning Proxxon 50 x 0.8 mm circular saw blades along a Teflon slide, and subsequently through the air to an effective range of about five meters (16 feet) – depending on the target. Those blades get their spin from an adjustable electric motor that’s powered by four lithium-ion batteries, and that can get the blades spinning at speeds up to 6,000 rpm.

Aiming of the crossbow is aided by an adjustable-mount 30-milliwatt green laser.

Needless to say, this is the sort of thing that shouldn’t be used by ... well, anyone. To that end, Priebe won’t share the plans for the Blade Driver. He will, however, let you see it being put through its paces, in the video below.

Source: Laser Gadgets (Patrick Priebe)

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16 Comments

Every now and then someone makes something so completely outside-the-box, impractical-yet-cool, gotta-have-it unnecessary that I have to have one. This completely meets all of the above, except for the "I have to have one" bit.

William H Lanteigne
23rd April, 2012 @ 03:40 pm PDT

Excellent! Perfect for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse!

Ross William Mcewen-Page
23rd April, 2012 @ 07:30 pm PDT

That so has to end up in a movie! :-)

mrhuckfin
24th April, 2012 @ 04:12 am PDT

Give it a second blade that will rotate counter the first one, attach them together somehow so that when they both rotate they counter each others centripetal forces and I bet you can get a pretty decent range on that thing.

Stefan Padureanu
24th April, 2012 @ 04:32 am PDT

Could give you a nasty infection :-)

cerven
24th April, 2012 @ 10:07 am PDT

Ahahahaha awesome! I was going to say this is a weapon for a Zombie apocalypses 8))) Perhaps inspired by the "Dead Island" game eh?

Kirill Belousov
24th April, 2012 @ 10:13 am PDT

It is unfortunate that Gizmag is giving this pinhead visibility and a platform from which other morons will be inspired to emulate this unsafe toy. In many ways this newsitem is not that conceptually far from the unfortunate bungee cord jumping "Innovator" who kept adding length until he managed to do a face-plant from 100 feet with 105 feet of bungee cord. It is a matter of time until some moron actually trys this out, maybe with spinning, flaming blades..?? ooh! Another Darwin Award Candidate Opportunity!

StWils
24th April, 2012 @ 10:52 am PDT

A standard crossbow bolt would be much more lethal. Show me something that will shoot 7" saw blades, and then I will be impressed.

jjsmail
24th April, 2012 @ 11:05 am PDT

That laser needs to be sighted. It seems like it's a bit high or the drop off rate for this pretty quick for the range. Doesn't seem like it would be effective against zombies, but the special effects for using it would make for exciting video for a zombie movie.

Gene Jordan
24th April, 2012 @ 12:22 pm PDT

It is not really an improvement over the traditional crossbow. It's useless. Now come up with a self cocking crossbow and you would have something worth mass production.

Albert Feyen
24th April, 2012 @ 05:29 pm PDT

If you're going to modify something, at least make it an improvement over the original.

Ct
25th April, 2012 @ 08:48 am PDT

OK...nice for a first attempt...Now, make this in a 5.25 inch circular saw blade size and have an auto-feed mechanism and I'll buy one!

Ed
25th April, 2012 @ 03:47 pm PDT

It was in a movie, just bigger and badder. Wild wild west opening scene with magnetic collars and huge flying whirling blades.

Fogmaster
18th August, 2012 @ 02:35 pm PDT

"It is not really an improvement over the traditional crossbow. It's useless. Now come up with a self cocking crossbow and you would have something worth mass production.

Albert Feyen"

There are a couple of self cocking crossbows already on the market. Parker makes an excellent one. There are electric self cockers, pneumatic self cockers, and all real crossbow are more deadly than this toy.

This is just dangerous enough for some idiot to think it's a toy, and hurt someone.

kellory
19th August, 2012 @ 08:07 pm PDT

Kinda cool

Jonathan Xcel Escotto
20th August, 2012 @ 12:59 pm PDT

You have to realize that this is not an 'improvement' on the crossbow, nor is it supposed to be. the guy wanted to create something and he did. He's not trying to create a market to sell these things for hunting. Its his hobby. his craftsmanship is beautiful and very well designed.

I can never understand how some people seem to think that every single thing like this was built to be practical in a real world setting.

Nick Leviathann
6th October, 2012 @ 05:53 am PDT
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