I’ve always been interested in crafting replicas of fantastic, otherworldly objects—one of which is the Evangelion Progressive Knife.
In the world of Evangelion, heavenly creatures called Angels arrive on Earth with the goal of triggering the Apocalypse by coming in contact with an artefact located underneath the city of Tokyo-3. Humanity’s last hope are the giant humanoid weapons called the EVAs; organic fighting robots built to check the Angels’ advance.
Though Angels have the advantage by having finite energy sources and relentless, single-minded destructive capability, EVAs are able to match (and defeat) their brutal adversaries not only through the skill of its pilots but largely through the efforts of the human agencies supporting the defense effort—from coming up with strategic and tactical plans to scrapping up scarce resources to beat impossible odds. (In one of the story’s highlights, all of Japan worked together reroute the electric power of the entire country into a weapon an EVA used to defeat a titanic Angel that could melt mountains in a blink of an eye—and they were able to do it in 72 hours!)
While a weapon itself, an EVA is further equipped with weapons that can make it more effective in battle. Perhaps the most basic of these armaments is the progressive knife or prog knife, which the EVA employs in close quarters combat.
It’s not just a gigantic version of a knife made for the EVA. When deployed, the progressive knife’s sharp edge vibrates at an extremely high rate—the vibration is so fast that the air around the blade becomes superheated, making it seem like the knife edge is radiating a bright hue.
The Evangelion progressive knife is so sharp that it cuts on the molecular level just like the high frequency blades used by the Cyborg Ninjas of Metal Gear. It shears through physical matter as if it were butter as unlike a typical knife it needs little to no brute force behind a stab or slash to cut.
Among my top list of builds is EVA Unit 01’s Progressive Knife from the Rebuild of Evangelion, and apart from replicating its bowie-knife form, I’m putting in a couple of features that would make it look—and feel—like it’s cutting through the fabric of matter itself!
Please stay tuned for more details on this build