>>422745 Flamethrowers are ridiculously cumbersome and not exactly suitable for using point blank, also tend to get you shot because people dislike being set on fire. In "close range" circumstances you'd want to use a knife rather than trying to carry about a flamethrower or sword.
>>423007 except that's not true: >No, it wasn't the actual trophy for the Korean Series champions. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) doesn't hand out swords or any form of replica weapons. >You see, the Dinos are owned by NCSOFT, one of South Korea's top game developers. The sword that was brought onto the mound at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, after the Dinos' 4-2 victory over the Doosan Bears in Game 6, was the real-life replica of the "Execution Sword," a highly coveted item from "Lineage," one of NC's signature games.
>>424239 Don't know about laser swords, but some guys on youtube built themselves lightsaber lookalikes. One using a super heated tungsten (?) rod, and a much cooler one from a plasma torch which can extend/sheath at a button press and have different colors.
There are obvious usability concerns (you have to carry the gas canister) and it can only melt stuff, not deflect bullets or one-hit-kill space marines.