I like and collect weapons, particularly human-powered types (as opposed to firearms) such as swords, knives, axes, clubs, etc. Lately I haven't been able to justify blowing any money, even a small amount. But the urge to buy has taken hold and I'm going to spend a whopping $50. What functional items can I possibly get for so little? Here are the options I'm considering.
1. A kukri from Nepal. I don't have one, and have always wanted one.
2. An assegai, either the long or short version. I don't have a spear, and I think I could find a place to throw it at a target. I have some minimal training with a long spear, but the shorter one would be more practical for storage.
3. A special forces shovel. It's cheap, practical, and I actually need a decent small shovel.
4. A kukri machete. It's very cheap, would sort of satisfy my desire to own a kukri, and leave some money to buy something else.
5. A blackthorn walking stick. This one is made out of cheap, but tough synthetic instead of wood. I used to practice a method of cane fighting, and have a nice, custom ash cane. But I also like this one.
6. A sjambok, a type of South African whip. It's cheap and interesting, although I'm not sure exactly what I'd do with it.
I've been toying with these ideas tonight. I mentioned them to my wife and got an eye roll, so I figured I would post my thoughts just for the fun of it, in case there are any other weapons fans reading.
I just ordered some stuff. I got the shovel for the practical value, the short assegai for the zombie apocalypse, and a cheap accusharp knife sharpener for when I'm too lazy to use my whetstones. Total price with shipping, just under $65. So I exceeded my $50 limit, but not by that much. Here's an impressive video of the shovel in action, doing things other than shoveling.