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Damascus Blade
Gunnm Complete Ed. Vol. 6 cover - Alita
Alita with the B Damascus Blade from volume 6 of the Gunnm Complete Edition.
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Type Blade
Creator Forged from two blades into a single blade by Lam Dao
Modified into the B version by the Ground Investigation Bureau
Users Alita
AR-2
Debut Battle 12


The Damascus Blade (ダマスカスブレード Damasukasuburedo?) was Alita's signature weapon and was named for its similarity in appearance to Damascus steel. The blade was a representation of Alita herself, as the imperfections and emotions that Alita had experienced made her tougher than the emotionless TUNED AR Series 2 combat androids.

DesignEdit

The Damascus Blade was originally two blades with an inside serrated edge that were mounted to the forearms of Alita's motorball body as an optional configuration. After being reforged into a single blade, the serrations were replaced with a series of holes to conserve weight. This new blade was hard as diamond and could only be honed with high pressure water or supersonic waves. It consisted of rare metals, including scandium, yttrium and lutetium, and had patterns suggestive of Damascus steel. The Damascus Blade was later modified into a giant balisong, enabling it to be used as a pole weapon.

PlotEdit

Battle Angel AlitaEdit

The Damascus Blade originated as a pair of blades forged from scrap metal by "the finest blademaker"[1] that Alita wielded on her forearms early in her motorball career. This was the first manifestation of her previously forgotten Panzer Kunst training as a member of the Mauser School. After she formed her challenge team to take on Jashugan, her manager Ed had the master blacksmith Lam Dao forge the pair into a single blade.

After Alita retired from motorball, the Damascus Blade was later modified for use by hand, but did not have a hilt attached. Alita kept it wrapped up in cloth in her apartment while she lived on her own for two years. She did not use it until she was summoned to Desty Nova's manor. There she killed Desty Nova, Barzarld, and Eelai after discovering that Daisuke Ido had been killed, but they resurrected due to Nova's restorer nanomachines. Alita later used the Damascus Blade in her fight against Zapan in the Berserker Body. Although she was sentenced to be executed by the Factory for the Class A Offense of using a firearm in the Scrapyard, the Damascus Blade was recovered by the Ground Investigation Bureau. After she joined the TUNED it was modified for use as a pole weapon. It was presumably destroyed or lost when Alita was killed by Desty Nova using a powerful doll bomb as no further mention was made of it.

Last OrderEdit

Nova recovered the Damascus Blade after killing Alita with a powerful doll bomb but found out that it had sustained extreme fatigue. He decided to use it as a component for Alita's new Imaginos Body, further strengthening the link between blade and bearer. The Damascus Blade inspired Sechs' Titan Blade, which was of similar design, and Sechs had wanted to see how it matched up with the Damascus Blade. After gaining more control of her Imaginos Body Alita can generate the blades on her forearms and later withdraw them.

Other appearancesEdit

The Damascus Blade appears in Gunnm: Martian Memory. Gally can use the handheld version of it after she retires from motorball. When she becomes a TUNED agent she is equipped with the balisong version, which is referred to as the B Damascus Blade (Bダマスカスブレード B Damasukusu Bureido?).

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