Big Daddy Nerf Gun

One of Steampunk’s common costuming components is the modified Nerf gun. I’m rather of the opinion that gadgets and clothes don’t necessarily make the Steampunk, but to each their own. Many of you love your Nerf guns, and I won’t begrudge you for that. I have many a good memory of my college days playing Human vs. Zombies and defending myself with naught but a Nerf gun. It was good times.

There’s all levels of modifications when it comes to Nerf guns, from the mediocre to the magnificent. And this nerf gun is most definitely magnificent:

Unfortunately, this piece has already been sold to some lucky Steampunk out there, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take some inspiration from it. Watch the shop… they’re sure to have other cool things pop up if this is any indication.

And really, if you absolutely must have a Nerf gun to complete your ensemble, one that looks like this will certianly enhance the overall look you’re aiming for.

Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes

Steampunk has an interesting way of encouraging people to look back to the past and find old, forgotten things that still spark their modern interest and sensibilities. Back in the Victorian times, there was a martial art known as Bartitsu that employed the use of canes and parasols as part of a larger form of self-defense. Though it was largely forgotten since the Victorian era, the interest in Steampunk has also fueled an interest in this once dormant martial art form.

If you happen to be interested in this history of this unique and decidedly Victorian martial art form, you can get a basic history of Bartitsu by checking out this documentary: Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.

A little pricy, but it seems to be an interesting piece. All my readers with an interest in history will almost certainly enjoy this piece, and perhaps it’ll encourage a few of you to look more into Bartitsu. Hope you enjoy it!

Mythbusters Steam Machine Gun

The American Civil War was a horrific period in our nation’s short history as the nation turned inward and nearly tore itself apart in four horrific years of internal strife. Advancements in industry made it one of the first modern wars, as railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively.

One of those weapons had lived on as something of myth and legend, a supposed steam powered machine gun. Turns out there was such a thing called the Winans Steam Gun. Recently, the Mythbusters attempted to replicate the weapon to see its capabilities. Check out the video below to see the results:

The gun itself is not very effective, but does show an impressive step in steam-driven warfare. For more information on various steam driven firearms, be sure to visit the Strange Engines blog which features all manner of steam driven guns from the Civil War and “other curiosities.”

Sword Canes

A few days ago, I posted an entry about the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition. One of the events at this event is a Bartitsu & Single Stick demonstration which will be sure to delight the viewers. Bartitsu is an English martial art developed between 1898 and 1902, and was immortalized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Even the great detective himself was said to be a practitioner of this eclectic martial art, as mentioned in The Adventure of the Empty House.

Canes add a sense of distinction to any wardrobe, and their use as a self-defense tool makes them even more attractive. But why stop there? Cold Steel makes extremely high quality Sword Canes which are sure to please your sensibilities:

I love these sword canes, they’re the perfect combination of elegance and danger.

When I was in college, many of my friends were knife and sword snobs. They were very picky about what kind of bladed weapons they would buy and from what companies. While I personally haven’t bought anything from Cold Steel, I have handled their products and seen them in action. They are remarkably well made and battle-ready. You can see them in action on their page, just focus on the weapon and not the guy demonstrating it. I really like that the hidden sword is designed to come out with a good tug, rather than unscrewing it. Any martial artists knows that in a real battle, seconds matter; you will not have time to unscrew a cane from its sheath before an assailant is upon you.

Please note that these weapons are illegal in the states of California and Wisconsin. It is your responsibility as a potential owner of a lethal weapon to check your local laws for other stipulations which may affect the transport or use of a sword cane if you choose to purchase one. Please be a responsible owner.

Steampunk Blunderbuss

I’ve been going on something of a modification rant as  of late, but this mod is sure to excite. Artist Jonathan Alberico has made a working Steampunk inspired blunderbuss named Doris.

This blunderbuss is on sale right now on Ebay. You can buy this beauty and obtain the perfect weapon to accent your Steampunk attire. It is sure to be a one-of-a-kind purchase.

The weapon is designed to shoot rubber balls, but can also fire a myriad of other projectiles like bouncy balls or confetti. Quite frankly, I can not think of a more excessive and over the top way to launch confetti than with this contraption. That certianly is one way to get a Steampunk party started!

I can’t help but admire the craftsman ship that was put into this blunderbuss. It’s obvious Mr. Alberico is a very talented artist. I’m sure we can expect to see more firearms emerge from his workshop.

Here’s some videos of Doris in action! Enjoy!