I was recently watching Batman Begins and my obsession with cool weapons and gadgets got me thinking. I was especially fascinated by the bladed vambraces that Batman uses to catch himself from sliding off the cliff. The design I eventually came up with is quite a simple one and is not very heavy on the pocketbook (as long as you have access to some necessary tools).
*WARNING! If made according to these directions, you will end up with a potentially deadly weapon...So I hold no responsibility as to how, where, or when you use it. Be smart and watch out where you are swinging your bladed vambraces!
Skip to the last step to see the bladed vambrace in action!
Step 1: Materials
Depending on how strong you want your vambraces to be, your materials list might differ from what I ended up using. The thickness of metal I used can stand up to heavy use, whereas thinner metal will bend and dull more easily.
This is my materials list:
- 14 gauge heat rolled steel
- 18 gauge steel
- several dozen carpet tacks
- small screw
- black spray paint
List of needed tools:
- ball peen hammer
- throatless metal shear*
- drill bit (same width as the carpet tacks)
- metal file/bench grinder
- bolt cutters
*I used a throatless metal shear because precision cuts on 14 gauge steel are otherwise very hard to make. Thinner and weaker metal (such as aluminum) can be cut by metal shears or a metal-cutting bandsaw.
If you are only making these vambraces for a costume, I suggest using aluminum, which provides the thickness without making it as hard to work with.