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I've searched and searched, but no where could I find instructions on how to make a nice, high quality, amateur throwing star. In this instructable, I will guide you through the process of making a steel shuriken for under 10$ (if you already have the tools).

DISCLAIMER: This is a WEAPON and is not for just throwing around at people, pets etc. It can SERIOUSLY injure or even KILL somebody. The blades are extremely SHARP. I am not responsible for anything that you do with this. If you are foolish enough to throw it at a person or a pet then just stop reading now.
Have fun and BE SAFE!!

Step 1: Getting the stuff

A minimum of what you need:
-A metal plate of some sort, relatively thick. It should be no larger than 5 inches or you will waste a lot of material. I used a galvanized steel electrical box cover I got from home depot for about $0.60. This works VERY well.
-An angle tool, or something that can measure and draw straight lines exactly perpendicular to the sides of the plate
-A pencil
-A jigsaw OR:
-A hacksaw with steel cutting blades (much slower and harder)
-If a jigsaw, high speed steel cutting blades. A pack of 3 cost me about 5 bucks.
-A bench grinder or equivalent (steel belt grinder, dremel, etc)
-3/8" steel drill bit. Mine was a zirconium coated bit from a big set my dad got. You could also buy a cobalt bit, but a 3/8" one would run you about $10. Ouch
-A drill that can run at least 800 RPM, hopefully with a lot of torque
-Metal file
-240 grit metal sanding sand paper (needed to make the pencil marks show up on the plate)

OPTIONAL:
-A drill press (I didn't have one so I was just careful. It isn't vital for the holes to be that precise)
-Some silicon carbide metal sandpaper (60, 120, 240, and if you want it really smooth, 400 and/or even 600 grit paper. Whatever you want to do.

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if you heat it up to red hot and throw it in water it gets harder but more brittle its a give take thing it can&nbsp;hold an edge or not chip or break
&nbsp;actually, you want an orange heat on the steel, and yeah throw it in oil, heads for flare-ups. &nbsp;also, when you're done with that, polish it with sandpaper, and then take a blowtorch to it. &nbsp;the polished surface will change colors, so pay attention. &nbsp;when it hits a gold to dark yellow color, let it cool and you're good to go. &nbsp;don't hold the torch in one spot, though, keep it moving so you get an even temper.
<p>depends on the steel alloy. tempering is more in-depth than that, and varries from one metal to another. there ARE charts on the internet though, if you happen to know what kind of steel you actualy have....</p><p>for the source of the plates, i'd say that'd be hard to track down. i would also worry about galvanized steel. if it's zinc plated, at the very least people do this where it is /very/ well ventilated. safety!</p>
this is a good technique, origionally used for knifes, but it is very hard, not easily done for a person mot knowledge in the subject, it takes practice
i've heard of doin somethin similar, its just instead of water, you use oil, and it increases the carbon content of the steel, of coarse with thowing weapons you typically dont want something very brittle, due to the amount of shock force caused from impact<br />
made some of these once, got a nice scar to prove it! It spun free when I was drilling the hole. Not pretty site. Red stuff on stainless steel. My own. Now I wear gloves, thick gloves, leather re-enforced gloves for welding! We learn by our mistakes and sometimes stupidity, too late! I eventually gave them away. Everytime I reached for them I got a cut! Not practical or worth the effort to make. So don't bother. Ninjas can keep them. I'll keep my 44 magnum!
<p>i'd like to suggest to anyone who's going to try and make these that you drill the hole first.... then cut out the sharp bits. though i abhor gloves /anywhere/ near a drill or saw... for the same reason you dont wear a ring or other jewlry around power tools. </p><p>asside from the points, the sharp edges should be the /last/ thing to be put on, and that goes for anything sharp. the points are inevitable due to the shape, but dont you dare sharpen them till they're finished. and even then be careful. square edges still cut, especialy if they get caught by a drill.</p>
very cool I will use this.
<p>I actually make these on a semi-regular basis, but I hardened mine with Oil, so you can throw them at concrete, and it barely dulls the blade, so with a wood target they work beautifully!</p>
could use an angle grinder with a cutting disk in it. if you concentrate its easy to be accurate :D
Try using a dremal for de burring. Mine was great for that. I polished mine up to a shine as sugested by pearldrummer. I was able to use it to reflect the sun light into a friends eyes befor throwing it, getting a better score because I could see the target. He could not see it as well for a few mins.
Too bad these are illegal in California :(
Good thing I live in Missouri. No one cares here! I can ship ANYTHING from Trueswords to my house, and it tells you states it cant ship t<br>o.
Too bad these are illegal in Holland and many country's aswell.. but in my opinion if you practice safe and without bothering anyone.. the who cares ;)
This has to be the best shuriken tutorial i've seen so far ;)
Using a metal punch will help your bit stay centered. <br>This looks kinda like a metal handle with a sharp pin coming out of it, and it's sprung load so that it will 'click' when you press it all the way down, creating a small dent in the metal.<br>Should be easy to find at any hardware store.
The reason it gets discolored is because it's tempered metal. The discoloration indicates the temper being taken out of the metal, causing it to be brittle, and more easily chipped.
Actually, I thought that the softer a metal is, the less likely is is to break but more likely to dent and bend. Its the really HARD steels that are more subject to cracking and fractures. Also, ALL steels will discolor if heated, even the non tempering and non carbon steels. Temper only relates to a metal losing hardness, but this metal was never hard to begin with. I think the discoloration might have something to do with rapid oxidization during heating.
your'e both right. &nbsp; the softer a metal is the easier it is to deform. &nbsp;the harder it is, the more likely it will break. &nbsp;All commercial metals are hardened and tempered. The discoloration is due not only to losing its temper, but impurities in the metal coming to the surface. &nbsp;Or, if the metal turned a really dark blue, congrats! you just tempered the metal as far as it will go. &nbsp;btw, metals only change color if they are heated really hot, like with a blow torch. as for oxidization, it depends on the metal. personally i doubt it, seeing as you would have to get a very low grade steel or high grade iron, which is not made very much anymore. &nbsp;props for the ninja stars, though! &nbsp;fyi, plasma cams are easier, if you can get ahold of one.
in order to nip this whole issue in the butt...just constantly cool the metal in a water bin as you work. In doing this, the grain structure of the material will stay in tact and keep you from altering the properties of the metals..<br><br>as a note, when you super heat the metal...(lets just say anything too hot to handle with with thin gloves or bare hands) if the metal is dunked into a water bath (quenched) it has become much harder...in a cool natural state, the molecules of the metal are in a Body Centered Cubic (BCC) pattern, which is very structurally stable. when heated, the molecules transform into Face Centered Cubic (FCC)...if allowed to cool slowly over time, the material will return to its original structure, if quenched the molecules will the shape of the Body Centered Tetragonal (BCT)...this is where the weakness comes from...the larger molecular structure adds hardness, and like you mentioned brittleness...if you want to fix this all you have to do is heat the metal up and allow it to cool slowly over time...this is called annealing <br><br>yet another note...you are using galvanized steel...who cares?? if you had cobalt tool steel, then you worry about heat effects on the metal...other wise, it was a good instructable, and keep having fun!
that is one way to soften the metal, you are right, but tempering the steel will also return the metal to a more stable pattern, with the benefit that,by watching the colors in the polished metal, you can get it very precisely softened, depending on the task at hand, for example a very light temper on a chisel, but a deeper temper on a knife
Guys, I miss most of the mentioned tools, so I will attempt using a frying pan as a plate and a hacksaw(with a steel cutting blade). Think it gonna work? I'm too lame for that project(lol) so I will also use a file. I just don't want to buy anything especially for this... Darn, I'm not sure if I'll make it to the end...
yesss! i made this and it is amazing! i used the exact same metal electrical box cover you used! thanks for this instructable! turned out great! :DD
If you make the square on a&nbsp; 45* angle then you can make them bigger.<br />
I love this instructable I've made a few ninja stars from it. here's a batarang that your instructable inspired me to make.<br /> <br /> <br /> used an electric panel for the blade and some sheet metal to hold the 2 parts together.<br /> <br /> Gonna stick it in my forge and try to smelt them all together soon.<br />
&nbsp;um dude, smelting is the process of melting the ore out of stone. &nbsp;welding is putting two pieces of metal together. &nbsp;also, unless your forge can turn the metal white, where its like bubbling and spitting sparks, your best bet is to get a welding torch. just saying.
&nbsp;heads up with galvanized steel. &nbsp;when heated, it releases a deadly gas. &nbsp;work in a ventilated area!
oh i didnt follow this step, mine failed... :(<br /> <br />
So why do you have a hole in one star and not the other does the one with the hole make it fly better???&nbsp; <br />
&nbsp;Umm, just curious...what do you mean by &quot;Find two side that are perfectly flat&quot;
edges. <br /> or draw a template on graph paper like i did.<br />
This is a really good instructable. I made one of my own, and it looks epic. Also made a 6 pointed one.&nbsp; I used a drill press, a hacksaw(horribly slow) and a bench grinder<br />
the most dangerous poison in the world is, spoiled potato salad.
Ricin. an oldie, but effective... <br />
Ricin............<br />
nicotine . . .very effective<br />
You have the entirety of human knowledge at your fingertips. It's on the internet, i've checked.<br />
There's alot of poisons out there, even tomato plants are poisonous, the leaves and stem contain the largest amount. The amount found in the fruit however isn't enough to harm a person (animals are another story). If you want to know more about poisons then let me know.
you could use mercery
I have an idea for a numbing dart, sorta like the "Tiki" darts that people near me say to mean numbing darts. Its pretty simple really: 1) Get alcohol 2) Cover object in alcohol 3) If required, feed prey alcohol covered chips For a realistic and possibly working numbing thingy 1) Obtain those alcohol wipes that numb skin 2) Apply the wipe to the object, rubbing all around the edges, and being careful not to injure yourself 3) Let the object absorb the alcohol. 4) Use when neccessary.
Alcohol is not an anasthetic, it's an antiseptic. Coating things with alcohol makes them hurt more, not less.
The poison can be just rust,but its pretty dangerous,and i dont think you'll find how to make real poisons becuz they're illegal.
ORLY!?!? That explains a lot....
I did find this one thing in q random pdf i found it was how to make a posison that when you breathe it in it could kill you,but i dont rember what it was called...
ether?
Possibly,i dont remeber though Well good luck with your poison,i hope i wont see you on the news being arrested for killing a man or two XD
just look out for a 13 yr old Asian living in south USA...

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