With the advent of Legion on World of Warcraft, a iconic weapon from the series came back to the mind of gamers all around the world - the fabled Warglaives.
Those weapons appear in several games, sometimes using other names or with some minor design changes. Below is a similar weapon, the Faeblade, from Kingdoms of Amalur, which illustrates how those are supposed to be held.
More often than not, they are the coolest thing you have the chance of putting your hands on. They are swift, fast, agile blades that deal a lot of damage using all sorts of acrobatic strikes.
However, warglaives are a strange type of weapon. They have two massive, curved blades on each side of the hilt. The outer side of the blade has a cutting edge that is used to perform slashing attacks, and the two points can be used for quick stabs. They are also used in pairs, with one of those double blades in each hand for mayhem. At least in theory.
I started to craft a pair of wooden warglaives for a friend's demon hunter cosplay, and while building them several problems showed up in the design.
You are supposed to hold them by the middle part with just one hand, holding them on a horizontal plane in relation to your body. Holding them that way creates a lot of pressure on the arm and on the shoulder.
They are huge. each blade is supposed to have the same length as one of your arms so, when you hold them on a horizontal plane in front of you, they use almost the same space that you would use with your arms open, spread to the sides of your body. This makes swinging them with any semblance of precision hard. Like, real hard.
They are Heavy. The draft I'm making is just plain wood, but a real warglaive would have metal blades. I can't imagine this being anywhere near usable if they were made of steel. Combine this with the fact that you are supposed to use them with just one hand, and you have a way bigger problem.
Warglaives are finicky. Since they are so heavy and so big, once you gain any sort of momentum with them you are not stopping anymore, unless you let the blade go. Try to do a horizontal slash, and you end up spinning around like a oversized fidget spinner.
Still, I really want to make them usable on my sci-fantasy setting in a more realistic way, and maybe even craft a realistic pair of those for a more sci-fi cosplay.
I know that, as designed originally on those games, warglaives would suck. Like, really suck. However, we are the Worldbuilding community, and making sucky things work is one of the things we do best. With that said, I enlist your help:
Without resorting to magic and using modern manufactory materials and techniques, how one could make usable Warglaives? Keep in mind they are supposed to be used in pairs!