A dangerous, if curious, weapon that seems to follow folks around in Dhalgren. It is a collection of blades fixed to a bracelet-like device used to attach the weapon to the hand. When worn, the blades encase the hand entirely. However, their curvature prevents the blades from injuring the wearer's hand. By alternately expanding and contracting the hand, the blades can be opened and closed.

The orchid is a weapon unique to the strange world of Dhalgren. It is mostly passive, though one could easily suppose that its very presence (its necessity?) changes the characters and events around it. For the most part it is not used like a weapon within the story.