The MSCHF team described their latest project,
If you aren’t an American, you may not understand this country’s
MSCHF knows that
“If Americans demand the right to bear arms, perhaps a cooler-looking and less destructive arm is our answer,” the
“We propose that guns are a symbol that can be replaced by a different symbol without loss of satisfaction and at reduced threat to others. The ‘Sword Guy’ and the ‘Gun Guy’ both live in fantasy worlds. … but the gun-toting wackos hold in their sweater hands aimless death for dozens. Fantasy lives in the mind — and ought to stay there.”
Any guns sent in through the Guns 2 Swords program will be melted down and reforged into honest-to-god swords, leather-wrapped hilt, and all. The make and model of weapon are debossed on each sword’s blade right above the guard for a personal touch.
These swords aren’t especially sharp and they’re not terribly strong, given that they’re forged of whatever metals the guns were made of, so MSCHF describes the swords more as “sculptures” than combat-ready. A suitably sterile endstate for lethal weapons.
Guns 2 Swords is one of MSCHF’s most ambitious efforts to date, boasting all the hallmarks of the collective’s best work. It’s a funny, well-executed concept underpinned by deadly seriousness: MSCHF is encouraging these adult LARPers to continue indulging in their macho fantasies with a weapon far more befitting of their imagined virility than a firearm.