Useful when you're lost in the dark... [at Sep 18th, 2012; 2:41 PM]
8 / 10
With the rise in popularity of the 500k set cap, this has found a niche despite the relatively cheap Hanso Charisma Charm. This is a nearly permanent feature in many 500k sets, as it rivals the common constants in terms of offensive icons, whilst also boasting some dark defense that can derail other common weapons or fill a hole in various shields.
All of that said, if you are looking for cheap dual duties or just for something that will block dark, this is definitely worth considering, especially for 500k set cap battles.
Among few that glitter that actually is gold [at Nov 10th, 2011; 6:35 AM]
9 / 10
This was my favorite weapon back when it first came out in 2006. With 12 total icons, it is still among best dual-duty weapons in its price class. It has excellent icons that are not fully blocked by any of the common shields in its class and will get three past both sink and burrow. The only one effective counter that I can think of is the Royal Blue Cape, which is very rare to encounter.
There are no direct upgrades as far as I know, with the closest that also blocks dark being the much more expensive Hanso Charisma Charm. Another weapon that is comparable is the much more expensive Air Faerie Crown.