The first and smallest one can contain up to 60 objects of the same general size and shape as an arrow. The second slightly longer compartment holds up to 18 objects of the same general size and shape As a javelin. The third and longest portion of the case contains as many as 6 objects of the same general size and shape as a bow (spears, staffs, or the like). Once the owner has filled it, the quiver can quickly produce any item she wishes that is within the quiver, as if from a regular quiver or scabbard. The efficient quiver weighs the same no matter what's placed inside it.
The highlighted text suggests to me that I can use the efficient quiver to store my spare rapiers, and draw them if needed (draw weapon) rather than retrieve them (retrieve a stored item).
It might be debatable if a rapier is the same rough size and shape as a staff or spear, but yeah, otherwise that should work.
The third and longest portion of the case contains as many as 6 objects of the same general size and shape as a bow (spears, staves, or the like).
The items in the slots have to conform to the sizes and shapes specified, because that's what the magic accepts. The third and longest portion of the case contains as many as 6 objects of the same general size and shape as a bow (spears, staves, or the like).
Rapiers or other swords are not sized and shaped like any of these.
Why not just go for the Scabbard of Many Blades? Well, you clearly get only 8 rapiers, whereas (depending on pocket), you might have been hoping for more from an Efficient Quiver. OTOH, you get no argument from your GM!
My primary motivation is to store many arrows. That the Efficient Quiver can hold additional items is secondary. Besides, the Scabbard of Many Blades costs 5000 gp.
Strict reading, you get bow, spear or stave. Because the scabbard of many blades exists, I'd rule that you need that to store melee weapons that aren't specified for the quiver.
Certainly, if I wanted to keep a dwarven war axe, a great sword and two war hammers handy, I would need the Scabbard of Many Blades.
The Scabbard of Many Blades has other properties, such as allowing someone to swap their blades as a move action or swift action if they have Quick Draw. Normally it is a move action to just draw a weapon. It is also a relatively recent addition, whereas the Efficient Quiver dates back to 1st edition AD&D but under a slightly different name.
I think it would be reasonable to store a Sansetsukon (three section staff) in an efficient quiver. The Naginata is a staff with a blade on the end -- is that close enough to a spear? Bo and Jo should certainly qualify for "or the like" to a staff.
I would suggest you check with your GM. For PFS, expect table variation.
Another use I have seen/done is to store wands. A GM (one of my best friends) told me I could not draw the wand as I had been (Like ammo, as I have since found out), so it takes the normal action to draw the wand, but you know which wand is where in the Quiver.
I never considered melee weapons, but think it is a valid use if the weapons are small enough, like Rapiers, short/longswords, and the like. Things that have a curve to them or are overly large, like the Scimitar and a big ol' War Axe, would likely be beyond the scope of the item to store.
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I houserule that the end sticks out of it's too big. Given that a typical composite bow has a good 4"-to-6" or even more "S-curving" going on, I have no trouble envisioning it holding swords with cross-guards of the same width. A polearm would have five feet of length sticking out the flap (nice try, Waldo), and a greatsword's foot-wide crossguard and hilt would stick out.
What's not inside has its normal weight (half the object's weight is quick-n-dirty appropriate), and the whole comical business probably tips off anyone nearby that you are sporting one of those spiffy and valuable magic quivers, not an ordinary crappy one.