Designation: Mark I Stealth Knife ("Scorpion")
Purpose: Bladed weapons are often a common sight in the field of battle, owing to their utility and killing ability. Too often, though, the latter is compromised in favor of the former. In addition, standard blades are bulky and conspicuous, requiring obvious motions to draw and utilize in a close-quarters battle scenario, and offering the intended target the opportunity to defend and negate the attack. To combat this failing, the Mark I Stealth Knife was developed.
Application: The Mark I Stealth Knife (known to the men and women in the field as the "Scorpion") provides special forces and intelligence operatives with a rapidly deployable weapon for close-quarters combat situations where ranged weaponry is a disadvantage and drawing a normal blade is hampered.
Schedule: Two (2) weeks for design, one (1) week for prototyping, two (2) weeks for testing and refinement
The Mark I consists of a retractable blade attached to a gauntlet. The Tanto-style blade itself is silver in color, but can come in matte black for stealthy operation, and retracts into the gauntlet when not activated. The expulsion and retraction mechanism consists of a biosensor tuned to the action potential of the forearm muscle, with a kinetic assist as a backup. It also has a duralloy plate for protection of the weapon's mechanism against impact and for use against other blades.
The gauntlet itself, when used as a standalone piece of equipment, is made from a combination of spunplast, reflec, and shadowsilk, the exact proportions of which are classified. Variations on the standard gauntlet allows for interchangeability with the gauntlets of the CAMOLEON Mk.II armor system or other light-to-medium-classed stormtrooper armors; it cannot be equipped with heavy armor like that of the Hazard Trooper, Darktrooper (any model), Spacetrooper, or Shock Trooper.
On the bottom of the gauntlet (palm down) is the blade and expulsion/retraction mechanism with its duralloy plate, raised away from the arm to avoid catching the hand with the weapon's cutting edge. On the top of the gauntlet (palm down) is an area where a SmartChrono or small wrist-top computer can be mounted. Unfortunately, using the weapon to block could result in the attached device becoming damaged or nonfunctional. It is meant to be worn on the left hand, but a right-hand model can be constructed for the same price.
- The primary weakness of this weapon is that it has a relatively short blade, extending only a few inches beyond the tips of the fingers. As such, it has a very short range of attack that requires the user to close on the target. It also provides no benefit against ranged assault.
- A target could potentially recognize the gauntlet as a weapon if used without armor, and thus the wielder as a threat to his or her person. This can be countered by masquerading it as a brace of some sort (e.g. feigning of injury to the wrist), or by wearing clothing loose enough to hide the device.
- The weapon restricts the mobility of the wrist on which it is worn. This could be detrimental in certain situations requiring full dexterity.
- Use of this weapon may decrease armor protection on the forearm; this is an unfortunate side effect necessitated by the configuration of the apparatus.
- This weapon requires significant dexterity and skill with blade weapons to use. For that reason, only those operators with proven ability and experience in the martial aspect should be allowed use of this weapon.
- No vibration generator, so penetration of plastoid or metal armors is only possible with a skilled insertion, such as those aimed at a joint or soft spot.
- Lightening of the duralloy bracer if a suitable material can be developed.
- Better all-around forearm protection to lessen the lack of proper armor.
- Better integration with armor systems.