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Source: Tokyo Marui


Samurai Edge AWM01 Archives

Project Umbrella Translation


"Ethan! Use it!!"
A voice was heard clearly even amid the roaring rotors of the helicopter flying in the sky.
The voice belonged to Chris Redfield.

A man embodying an invincible hero undaunted by any foe, and through many crises has stuck to "justice" under any situation.
He's a savior always coming to the rescue of those in grave danger.

He pointed to "it", the beyond lethal steel buddy that's been with Chris through a great number of ordeals, forever its master's fangs, the Samurai Edge.
A light adapter module and hexagon silencer have been attached to its configuration and it's more than a mere handgun. The base has a familiar form...
but something's definitely different...

Since Ethan was in a critical condition desperately clinging to life, he had no room to think about it. The chunky handgun showed extraordinary potential, giving Ethan the prize of "living", standing against all odds in his desire to hang on.

Breathing a sigh of relief, Chris Redfield leaned forward and watched from the helicopter above, the body glistening with a "blue Umbrella logo."
He was staring at Ethan who'd successfully "lived", as if reflecting his own younger days.

June 1998. If that damned "Mansion Incident" hadn't occurred, what would my life be like now?
Would I still be with Alpha Team of Raccoon City's special S.T.A.R.S., division; perhaps earnestly protecting Raccoon City 24/7?

Perhaps there would've been a future where I died when seriously injured in the Republic of Edonia...
Or worse, might I have lived the life of an amnesiac alcoholic if I hadn't met the late Piers?

He was possessed by sentiment in a silence lasting only a few seconds.
Only someone involved could understand the pain and sorrow. He cut off such sentiments and accomplished his mission again.

In his hand is his steel buddy, the Samurai Edge...


A large conglomerate with a pharmaceutical company as the parent organization. Although it was a corporation better known as a pharmaceutical company with a proven track record in genome analysis and antiviral drugs, it also conducted Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.) research and development for use in battle. The origin of its name is the company's motto "protecting the health of the people." The Raccoon City Incident occurred due to the t-Virus and its underlying demeanor, developed as a means of creating immortal soldiers, is a well-known fact from many reports.
Afterwards, it was held responsible for the Raccoon City Incident-- its stock prices plummeted, sinking into a chronic budget deficit. Furthermore its illegal biological weapons development was exposed to the world through physical evidence and survivor testimonies. As a result, all the chief executives were accused of bearing responsibility for the incident and it began going under, entering bankruptcy in 2003.
Following that, it was rehabilitated via application of Chapter 11 reorganization, but the new management has been charged with responsibility for redeeming its dark legacy.
Since the company's trademark was changed following rehabilitation, "Red Umbrella" commonly refers to pre-rehab and "Blue Umbrella" refers to post-rehab.


Raccoon City Special Tactics and Rescue Service = S.T.A.R.S.
It refers to all custom handguns maximizing the combat ability of each officer produced by Joe Kendo, the older brother of Robert Kendo who runs the custom gun shop "KENDO."
The base gun is the M92F adopted as standard by the U.S. military.

The name "Samurai Edge" comes from its characteristic slide shape.
A shape was adopted called the "Brigadier style" that makes the slide lock part wider so that it can withstand strong overpressure ammunition which "gives a remarkable weight to the gun body" and can only be used with this slide. It's made of stainless steel which, combined with a wrought high-precision barrel, creates a vivid dual tone.
The matte black slide with an acute silhouette and "the blade of a Japanese sword", the origin of the Samurai Edge's name, is reminiscent of combined barrels giving it a dull metallic luster.

Before S.T.A.R.S. adopted this Samurai Edge it was applied in experiments by S.T.A.R.S. acting Captain Albert Wesker, Barry Burton; a former S.W.A.T. member with countless experience and extensive firearms knowledge, Jill Valentine with her superior bomb disposal skills in addition to combat ability, and the team's best marksman Chris Redfield. In the tests it cleared various checks with high scores and was adopted and provided to S.T.A.R.S. officers. It's called the "Samurai Edge Standard Model" and on the left side of the slide is a carved seal of "S.T.A.R.S." and on the right is a carved seal of "Mod.SAMURAI EDGE LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY."

The special specifications of the "Samurai Edge Standard Model" include performance far surpassing the M92F, but of the four who tested it the harsh opinion of "basic = average" also popped up with the assumption of Special Forces use, and following adoption, they requested Joe to add customizations individually. Special customs factoring in gender, physique, habits and technical prowess later appeared in the news media and became a big talking point.


The Samurai Edge Standard Model was a basic model (still wonderfully custom-made) and based on it Joe Kendo adjusted four of them together for individuals, producing the "Chris Redfield Model", "Jill Valentine Model", "Barry Burton Model" and "Albert Wesker Model." The letters "Custom Kendo Shop" are engraved on the slide's right side as certification. The great success of each gun is as everyone remembers, displaying their performance in many historic cases. In these customs, it's said that Joe and Barry Burton's relationship as old friends greatly influenced them.


"Samurai Edge A1 Jill Valentine Model"
Former S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine later became a B.S.A.A. agent.
On this occasion she received the "Samurai Edge A1" developed by agent and technical officer Quint Cetcham, who could be called the longest-serving from the old B.S.A.A.
It's the "Samurai Edge A1 Jill Valentine Model."

"Samurai Edge Barry Burton Model Ver.II"
Barry Burton heard the story of the "Samurai Edge A1" developed by Quint Cetcham and asked him "Now make me a new Samurai Edge!"
The "Barry Burton Model Ver.II" was perfected to be able to draw out the maximum capabilities of Barry's present figure and physical strength.


The man named Albert Wesker is now widely known as an ever-cunning schemer.
From his sharp powers of observation and insight as well as his extremely composed cool, he prioritized an abstract way of thinking over emotions with no qualms using or betraying anyone for the sake of his own objectives and profit.
As a result, he even considered his own body a tool and didn't hestitate transforming it either. He clung to an ambition of "standing at the top surpassing humanity" and his encounter with the t-Virus led him to believe he could realize his ideals.

While adoring the t-Virus' prominent bioenhancements, he envisioned situations involving "facing t-Virus equipped enemies" and explored countermeasures, embodying the nature of a schemer. As many research findings were confiscated from his personal effects after his death, among them the study of many "physical weapons", it became clear once more that he was a schemer.

So what were his anti t-Virus thoughts?
Imagine the development of high-powered weapons, armaments and viruses surpassing the t-Virus-- this way of thinking is merely a cyclical arms race and it seems he chose not to sit around waiting for the malaise in present society, though that's our speculation. His research findings hold an abundance of sublime countermeasure tactics against a variety of viral weapons, defining an imperative total neutralization. Then he considered not only neutralizing one side's viral weapons, but also situations where each of their viral weapons were neutralized. The essence of his seemingly contradictory research on physical weapons and total neutralization was to prepare effective countermeasure weapons under any circumstances-- in other words his goal was to mitigate the "contradiction."

We can vaguely imagine Albert Wesker emphasizing the development of physical weapons and arms for the reasons above. It's officially assumed he would've always been thinking of anti-B.O.W. weapons for his own profit rather than for the profit of his ascribed company.
It might've been the ultimate egotist's idea that only he hold the countermeasures.


Here we want you to think about the previous anti-biohazard firearm "Samurai Edge."

Why? Does the Albert model alone have the <beaver tail> spec?
Why? Is a 20mm undermount rail frame body installed?
Why? Does the frame of only Albert's <Samurai Edge> differ from the other members?

Even Barry Burton's Samurai Edge was a different color, though it was the common frame, we think you can imagine the reason this model attaches a lot more far exceeding special devices is from that person's experiences.


Although we've written about the special customs incorporating the strong passions of each of the four individuals tested prior to the standard issue adoption of the Samurai Edge in S.T.A.R.S., only Albert Wesker produced a concrete plan and sent it to Joe Kendo. In those days he had another face while positioned as acting Captain and was also acquainted with the members' commitment to their guns. He knew each had requested a custom from Joe and, always assuming being either the attacker or the attacked, perhaps he shallowly and superficially thought he was obligated to superior countermeasures.
He mentally envisioned everything including arms, tactics and strategy, things he conjured as if they were his own thoughts, so finally it's safe to assume he always held the upper hand. An overlooked point is his way of thinking shining through when he asked for a silencer, able to kill secretly. It seems he told Joe the silencer was essential in principle as he had many secret operations.
He ordered the frame of a 20mm rail build to equip a light module and such, having envisioned things to direct his own areas of speciality-- the matters of killing, containment and jujutsu in enclosed spaces or darkness etc-- in a battle the other side could never win. Can't help but be surprised at foreseeing the arrival of the standard Picatinny rail at the time.

Despite digressing, he was cunning by placing himself within the police, I think he got the safest hideout. A malignant tumor, it seems it was only an elaborate provision for him to hide his ambition.
I think the inordinately detailed research vis-a-vis each of his squad is telling; that even his own men made him uneasy rather than hostiles. His elaborate scrutiny was futile and his squadsman Chris, absolute justice made flesh, ended up being a big miscalculation.

A lot of products and experimental data left by Albert Wesker were once again inspected in-house by the rehabilitated Umbrella Co. and were extremely effective in redeeming most of the old Umbrella Corp.'s dark legacy.
The anti-B.O.W. research results in particular mesmerized the researchers. You could call the fruits of that research the ultimate handheld weapons.
The results of basic research into renouncing biodiversity are included within, but we've excluded them in this document.
Part of the research envisioned combat in an unaffected state; alongside much conceptualizing of practical use by skilled combatants not equipped with weapons of mass destruction like viruses.
In a paper among his personal effects, he argues that weapons of mass destruction don't necessarily lead to improving the situation.
Unbound to the old regime, the "Blue" researchers have summed up those research results and are conducting development based on mass-production; to be supplied for testing to anti-biohazard units such as the B.S.A.A.

The <Samurai Edge Albert.W.Model 01> is the smallest unit of the Anti-B.O.W. Arms Albert System Weapon Series developed based on the <Samurai Edge Albert Wesker Model> and is the base model for maximization.
As such it isn't uncommon for Albert System Weapons to be called the Albert Series...
The whole picture will be explained later.


He loads a magazine into the open-slided main body, pushing down the long slide stop lever and feeding it into the chamber. He puts several worn spare magazines in his mag pouch, breathing lightly while feeling the weight... That's his routine.
Under any circumstances the handling of firearms is the most crucial task.
If you don't shoot "accurately" under "fast" circumstances", it means immediate "death."
He is a marksman and immerses his whole body as daily routine.
He requested a gun fitted perfectly to his body and shooting habits, pursuing "0.1mm accuracy, 0.1 second speed and 0.1% probability."

Chris Redfield. The model he has literally in his hand is the "Samurai Edge Albert.W.Model 01", humanity's penultimate anti-biohazard armament.


The model Ethan used.
A precursor mass production examination model of the special anti-B.O.W. handgun.
After twice completing the game an all-black body becomes available.

A prototype that existed prior to Ethan using it.
Similarly the whole body was black.
It was created according to Wesker's design and it's said it has special specifications and materials, but the details are unknown.