Samurai chic is in, doncha know - what could be more gangsta than sauntering down the street with your leashed pet tiger, gleaming black sword handle poking out of your belt ready to do some bizness. Even if said bizness is keeping one's head dry in a sudden shower. Appearances have to be maintained and the word is "sword".
OK, ponderous prose aside, the Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella is one brolly that doesn't sacrifice function for the sake of form.
The 38.75 inch long umbrella opens to its full 41-inch diameter with the merest push of a button. When not in actual use, it fits neatly in an included black nylon "scabbard" - which is fitted with an adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry it samurai-style: hands free with hilt jauntily erect.
The days when real samurai carried a pair of wickedly sharp blades on their daily commutes have long since passed - probably a good thing if you've ever ridden the Tokyo subway.
Today's economic foot soldier can capture some sense of swashbuckling style with the Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella, however. Perfect for an evening stroll to the local sushi bar or samurai deli... just check your leashed tiger at the door. (via ThinkGeek)