Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Rare Commercial Vibro-Blade
The Cosmic Knife is a commercial-grade vibro-blade made from a “space age” Saturnite alloy. Cosmic Knives are advertised to be super-sharp, all-purpose kitchen knives that won’t chip or dull.
Equipment Rating : D-C-C
AP/BD : 6M/2
Range : Melee (1m)
Shots : 1 PPS
Cost/Reload : 150/*
AFF : System – Dumassas
Mass/Reload : 450 grams/*
Notes : Weapon uses micro battery packs for ammunition.
Though lightweight and durable, the Cosmic Knife proved to be too sharp for their own good, able to cut a person’s thumb off if they were careless, as stated by its highly visible advertising campaigns, and even slice through cutting boards with no effort. Concerns were raised about the safety and necessity of having these knives on the open market, but Everard Sinclair insisted that only quality mattered.
Cosmic Knives are also found to have incredible heat retention, able to stay super-hot for hours after being heated over a stove. However, they are much more brittle when heated, and if left on an un-insulated surface, they would melt right through.
Following the Succession Wars, many of these knives found their way into the hands of the military and civilian forces, who use them as weapons against any unfortunates they might encounter. Due to production difficulties, the blade remains uncommon, at best, but highly prized by its owners.
The Barony of Horn has redesigned this blade to its original military standards, lengthening and stylizing the the blade to their own preferences, calling it the “Cosmic Blade”. Under these standards, the blade has the following stats to its equipment rating:
Originally designed as an export item during the height of the 3rd Succession War, the initial production lines were developed in the late 2900s, out of The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport, seeing a great deal of popular use, despite certain misgivings about their potentially lethal use in commercial markets.
In 2948, Everard Sinclair moved the entire production line to his inherited landhold at * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa. Though the end product was of very high quality, and included a small production line for fusion micro-batteries, the equipment being used was very poor and production difficulties were constant as the line constantly suffered break-downs. The knives continued to sell well for many decades, however, and the fortune of the family was maintained until recently by the owner of the facility, Douglas Sinclair.
In mid-3023, the Iron Dingoes gained control over the production lines for the Cosmic Knife, and exported their production to The Barony of Horn where they are being reworked and rebuilt in a private facility owned directly by Baron Jemmas. He has chosen to convert the lines to their original design, a military vibro sword for the use of his own forces, and export to off-world concerns.