Introduction: Connor's Tomahawk AC3

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This is made entirely out of wood. It is my first instructable so I hope you guys like it :)
I made this because I wasn't satisfied when the official replica came out - too flimsily and expensive.
Perfect for putting that finishing touch to your Connor cosplay or halloween costume :D

The only danger it poses is giving someone a head ache if hit - it's not sharp.
The only expense was the handle which was about $8 AU. The rest of the materials were found around the house.

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Step 2: Materials

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^ The first two images are the Official latex replica from ubisoft ^

Though, I took references from other in-game screenshots as well.

- 11 mm pine wood
- wood glue (PVA)
- masking tape
- sand paper
- wood filler (optional but good for fixing mistakes)
- 1 cork
- dark brown hammer handle (can get from any hardware store) about $8 at Bunnings I think.

- brown leather or leather-like material
- split pins
- brown rope
- beads (preferably red, but you can use what ever you like) 
- feather
- any other things to add to make it look more authentic

- Jigsaw
- Dremel (otional)
- Utility knife
- hot glue

Step 3: Cutting Axe Head

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Measurements for all 'metal' parts. Axe head: length 11cm, width 12cm. Axe head base: length 6cm, width 3.5cm. Back of axe head: length 6.5cm, width 3.5cm. Total length is 21cm

Firstly, sketch out the shape of the axe head. Do this in two pieces so that it's easier to cut out the inner part.

Now cut out the shape, including the inside. I found that using a dremel helped to cut and neaten up all the edges, especially in the small areas.

Before you glue it, it's best to carve out the blade edges first. To do this, draw a line down the centre of the side of the wood (depth). Cut on an angle which joins the line you just drew on the side and the line that runs along the top of each piece (2nd picture - x ).

Also cut out the back of the axe head (the pointy part) and draw a border inside it. Cut the edges on this also - cut it so that it is like a pyramid so that the 4 sides form a point.

Step 4: Detailing Back of Axe Head

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Before painting, use the wood filler to form a raised edge along the inner border you drew when you first cut out the piece.

* I took the photo after I painted it *

Step 5: Axe Head Base

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Cut two pieces of wood 3.5 cm x 6 cm and glue them together with wood glue (PVA).
Then draw a line in the centre on both sides.

Like what was done with the blade, cut on an angle which joints the centre line to a line drawn about 5mm down the side of the block (refer to image). Don't make the edges sharp!

Step 6:

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To attach it to the handle, I decided to cut out a groove in the block so the handle would side snug - I didn't want to cut a " V " shape out of the handle incase i stuffed it up - but I think it might be easier to cut into the handle.

Step 7:

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To make the raised edges on the axe head base, just get some cardboard and cut a " V " shape to the witch of the block.
Masking tape over it and put a crease in the middle to give it a slight pitch.

Step 8: Gluing and Paining

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Glue the axe head and the back pointy part to the base block and stick the 4 ' V ' shapes onto the edges of the block.

Once it's all dry, give it a base coat of black paint.
Let that dry, then spray on the silver paint. Don't hold the can too close because then it'll become really thick. Spray it in short, misty bursts to get a brushed metal finish.

If you want to go for a really scratched effect, put roughly ripped bits of masking tape on the black and then paint over in silver. Remove the tape and the black will show though, looking like scratches. For even more realism, scratch and dint the wood before painting it.

Cut the cork about 1cm thick and make the edges more oval.

Cut a V - shape on the bottom so that it sits nicely on the top of the centre block and paint it the same colour as the handle.

Use hot glue to mount the whole structure onto the hammer handle, 

Step 9: Finishing Touches

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Now you can add all the accessories.

Yay, you're done! Time to go cosplayin' or trick or treatin'! :D
If you've got any questions, feel free to send me a message or ask in the comments below ;)


Jesseeker44 (author)2017-02-08

Wow very nice, loving the detail you put into your projects. Awesome job!

Mexican eminem (author)2016-03-25

great job right know im trying to make the tomahawk head out of aluminum

PardoByNight (author)2015-06-03


kylegilbert (author)2014-11-30

Well done. Really great job on the details here.

kylegilbert (author)2014-11-30

Well done. Really great job on the details here.

alltiair kenway (author)2014-09-22


the dan of many trades (author)2014-01-26

You did fantastic, I used foam mats for mine.

Dasen12 (author)2014-01-11

What would the measurements for the groove be and how did you cut it? Or was it just sanded down with the dremel?

EarthboundEmpire (author)Dasen122014-01-11

As in on the back part (pointy triangle bit) of the axe head?

Dasen12 (author)EarthboundEmpire2014-01-11

The groove on the base where you slide the handle into.

EarthboundEmpire (author)Dasen122014-01-11

Oh right. I cut it to the size of the handle. Basically trial and error cutting. And I cut it with a dremel.

Dasen12 (author)EarthboundEmpire2014-01-11


Dasen12 (author)2014-01-11

I'm trying to make this but I need the axe head and back tip measurements. If you could list the measurements for those two things that would be awesome.

EarthboundEmpire (author)Dasen122014-01-11

axe head: length 11cm, width 12cm. Axe head base: length 6cm, width 3.5cm. Back of axe head: length 6.5cm, width 3.5cm. Total length is 21cm

charles008 (author)2014-01-05

Can you tell me the measurement of the axe head, axe base, and back of the axe head?

Kona-chan (author)2013-12-03

can you like hurt people with it?
overal very awesome!

Well you could whack someone in the head and that would give them a nasty headache... and probably break the axe too. The edges will only be as sharp as you wish to make them :)

ah, ok just wanted to know xD

The Rambler (author)2013-09-16

This is really cool. The finished product definitely looks Pro. I'd like to see your Ordon sword too when you finish it. I did one and posted it here, but I realized I missed some of the details and dissambled parts of it so I could improve it... it's still sitting half assembled next to my desk. One of these days.

I finally finished my sword. Here it is if you still wanted to see it.

I was checking it out the other day. It's pretty sweet. That fuller really makes the difference! Now I really want to strip mine down and redo it.

woodpuppy (author)2013-09-26

Boy oh Girl! (I could have said boy OH boy) I think it is great what you thought up. I looks so real. One tip: Take a piece of wood, sand it, put some nicks and scrashes on it, spray it first with silver, Then take water-based black paint put it on a rag (piece of cloth) and rub the silver painted piece ontil you like the look. It gives you a very different look.

Thanks for that tip, I think i'll try it with another one of my other projects :)

EarthboundEmpire (author)2013-09-15

You can definitely paint it if you don't have that colour. I would actually use a wood stain just because it looks more natural and it's not thick. As for the measurements, I would love to tell you but I'm away at the moment and won't be back for 2 weeks. But i'll try to get back to you when I do though.

TomdaBomb02 (author)2013-09-15

Also, I want to get build the same thing using your instructable. Can you send me the measurements for the handle length, and tomahawk head measurements? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

TomdaBomb02 (author)2013-09-15

Can you get that type of hammer handle in the U.S.? If not, should I paint a regular one dark brown?

nerd12 (author)2013-09-15

hmm, very nicely done indeed! Excellent model!

ArticAkita (author)2013-09-15

WOW! if you didn't read the instructable first you coulda sworn it was made of some kind of metal, you did a REAL good job! I am VERY impressed! I don't cosplay but I don't want to get whacked by your 'realistic' toy. :)

EarthboundEmpire (author)2013-09-15

Thanks so much you guys :D I'm actually in the process of making several other game props which include the master sword, ordon sword and Lara's icepick from tomb raider, just to name a few :)

Vikingtrader (author)2013-09-15


Asamati98 (author)2013-09-15

wow that's pretty cool! I like all the detail you put into it. I actually made my own awhile back but used a high carbon steel but wasn't able to add all the details I would've liked to. anyways great job and you should think about making more replica things...

Go Repairs (author)2013-09-15

Cool, it looks better than the official one. :)

craft-n-genius (author)2013-09-15

Wow, that is cool!

poofrabbit (author)2013-09-14

Very nicely done!

Thanks! Much appreciated :)

EarthboundEmpire (author)2013-09-14

Yeah I would like to have made it from metal but I didn't have the resources.

I think it looks great as wood! Looks very much so like metal!

Basement_Craftsman (author)2013-09-14

wow cool project. however I was disappointed when I saw it was just made of wood. still incredible though

Making the transition from wood to metal wouldn't be that hard. Just take a look at

TREX ZoaR0K (author)2013-09-14


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