The EVA-02 Progressive Knife is once again in action in the third installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion, You Can (Not) Redo!
I’m in love with the design of the repaired EVA-02 ‘Dash’, with its hardy, refurbished asymmetry. The highlight of the new design would definitely be its modular, Inspector-Gadget left arm–turning into a gatling gun, a grappling hook launcher and a proper robot arm as needed.
Tricked out with new features and tools, I wondered whether it still has a use for its retractable (non-progressive) twin knives. I was pleased to find out that it uses the knife in the movie.
Dash deploys its knife when sent underwater to jumpstart an airship, using it to pin one of its feet against the ships hull–keeping it in place during the mission. This scene confirms my theory that the knife isn’t progressive, else Dash would’ve damaged itself extensively otherwise.
Interestingly, the knife’s design hasn’t changed a bit despite the timeline having jumped 14 years. I like that. I also like that fact that it’s still part of 02′s arsenal of weapons despite having a pair of progressive swords (which look like dao)that combines to form a naginata. This just proves that a knife will always be among the essentials in Eva equipment, not so easily discarded.
This makes me even more excited to cast the knife, which is one of my projects currently under construction!