Introduction: DA OTF Hidden Blade

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This is the re-make of the hidden blase models from the Assassin's Creed video game. This version is a dual-action out-the-front model which means that it uses the same finger motion to alternate between spring-launching and spring-retracting the blade. The majority of the pieces were 3D printed with the only exceptions being those I had to re-make due to my own failure to properly design the files on the first go. It was a good experience though as this is the first time I have used 3D printing. I have some experience with the software side, but I have never been able to afford the actual printing myself.

There are two videos included to help explain the mechanism. I would suggest building this out of balsa wood before 3D printing so that you better understand where things might go wrong and can adjust for them yourself if needed. It is a cool mechanism and fun to build.

Step 1: Materials & Costs

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The materials used are minimal since most of this was 3D printed. However, some of the pieces are easier to use common items for. These are listed below:
  • 2 Pins / needles / tiny nails
  • Rubber band
  • Balsa wood (any modelling wood will do)
  • X-acto blade
  • super-glue (I used JET modeling glue)
Since the files that had printed were not 100% perfectly designed, I had to modify them a little bit with the balsa wood. This is what the extra modelling wood is for.

The total cost for the above-mentioned materials is fairly cheap if you have the blade already. It was about $4 for the glue, $2 for the wood, and I found the rubber bands and pins sitting around my house. 

The 3D printing was done through a friend of my family, so I cannot give an estimated cost using other vendors. Images of each of the CAD pieces is provided on this and other steps.

Step 2: Assembly (case, Paddles, and Blade)

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It is a lot easier to visualize the assembly with the pieces in front of you. They all fit together smoothly when done right. I have included a short video explanation of how the mechanism works.

The first step to assembly is to pin in the paddles into the base case. The holes in the paddles is already printed into the piece. If they are too small for your pins, you may need to use a micro Dremel bit to bore them through. If you need to, it is easy to cut one out of the modeling wood. You will need to use 2 paddles; one for each end of the case.

Once the pins hold the paddles in place, slide the blade into the case as well. It should glide very smoothly (it should feel like it floats) through the track. If it doesn't feel this smooth, use some very fine sandpaper to smooth it down.

Also, in case you are following my 3D printed parts, I must point out here that I printed the mirror image of the blade that I needed. To correct this, either mirror the blade I have shown or carve by hand the proper shape and build up and missing material by glueing an appropriately shaped piece of wood to the blade where you want to add material.

Make sure the paddles fit snuggly against the blade with maybe 1-2 mm of open space between the paddle and the edges of the blade's butt. If they don't, you may have to re-make the paddles. I give this advice in case you are making the mechanism by hand instead of using 3D printed parts.

I am going to break this step into multiple parts so the pictures appear more relevant. 

Here is the video I mentioned above.

Step 3: Assembly (shifter and Sliders)

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This next step is the most important piece in the mechanism, it is what actuates the blade in and out.

Grab the two sliders (the pieces with what looks like shark-fins on it) and the shifter (that is what I am going to call the large piece in the pictures for this step). First off, cut out the little pieces that I have shown in the 3D printed model because they prevent us from inserting the sliders onto the track. We will have to re-glue the pieces that hold the sliders down later.

The two sliders fit in along the top of the shifter (along the track printed into the structure). See the second picture to see what this looks like. Finally, you must glue down the wooden pieces seen in the second picture. These will keep the sliders in place as they are pulled back to launch the blade (to be explained in the video). 

Place a rubber band between the shark fins on the sliders. This will tension them so that they can spring the blade into place when actuated.

Step 4: Assembly (wheel)

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You should be able to slide the shifter forward and backwards along the tracks in the case at this point and tyhe blade should launch out and in smoothly. The final mechanism now is to get the blade to actuate both in and out with the same movement. The natural action for this is to use a circle which rotates 180 degrees with each pull of your finger. So each 180 degree rotation brings the shifter forwards and then the next actuation brings it backwards. In this piece of the mechanism, the circle piece that I had printed has a knob on the bottom to shift the shifter with each 180 rotation. It is what converts the rotary motion into linear motion. On the top side of the wheel, there is an 's' shape (the two fins). As can be seen in the 2nd picture, the wheel has a layer cut out to allow the string to be pulled through the wheel to turn it. The string has a knot in it that catches with the teeth of the wheel. One end of the string is tied to a spring (could be replaced with a rubber band) and the spring is connected to the case. The spring pulls the string back over the teeth of the wheel after each pull. The wheel acts as a ratchet. The other end of the string is then tied to the ring. To aid in the ratchet ability, I modified it to include a tine (the longer stick) that gently brushes along the top of the wheel. The tine ratchets over 2 ramps spaced at 180 degrees (see last few pictures). In this way, a rotation (looking down) clockwise is permitted, but counterclockwise rotation is stopped at the tine by the ramps.

Step 5: Completed

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Here is a video of the fully working mechanism. It could use a lot of beautification and could be improved with a re-work of the design files to make it longer overall. The reason I kept it this length was so that it could fit on anyone's arm. Since the length of the blade is limited by the size of the casing, you can only make the extension of the blade so long without telescoping (which I am not using in this).

I aim to provide the printable CAD files or have them hosted online so that anyone can print a set, but as you may have noticed in this ible, there is much that needs tweeking to make sure it all goes together right. So, to avoid having people print off incomplete files, I won't post the CAD files until I finish re-making them.

As always, post / comment with any questions you have or PM me!

UPDATE: The CAD files can be found here. Note that they have yet to be fixed and are exactly the same as those shown in this ible.


This is a very nice blade. For those of us that don't have a 3d printer tho, you should check out my blade!

happy hunting assassins!

KecsD (author)2015-11-02

Is the updated V2 version ready to print, becose i want to make mine soon, but it says do not print so now what?

Onyx Ibex (author)KecsD2015-11-02

It has been a long time since I have worked on this model. To be totally honest I don't even remember what needs to be modified in the current design files. If you search through the comments and some of my youtube videos you will find that some other followers have picked up where I left off. Best of luck and sorry I can't be of greater help.

Nick?? (author)2015-07-09

Is it the blade real

Onyx Ibex (author)Nick??2015-07-11

It is not a real blade. It is 3D printed from plastic. Also, to answer your other question, I am not selling these but the designs can be found on my website if you want to print your own. There are other users on youtube who have improved upon my design that you may want to check out. I am posting from my phone so I don't know how to throw links in, but you should be able to find them! good luck!

Nick?? (author)2015-07-09

Is it the blade real

Nick?? (author)2015-07-09

How muck is it I can only buy it for five$

btodd1 (author)2015-02-02

any time frame for when the final version of the CAD files will be uploaded?

i think what you've done is incredible and i would love to try to make one.

Onyx Ibex (author)btodd12015-02-04

I really can't promise anything. A few others have picked up where I have left off and offered to post here when they make final versions. I can't foresee being able to finish these designs anytime soon unfortunately. It isn't a high priority right now. My best suggestion is to post on some of my youtube videos and see who else has expressed interest in carrying on this work.

jlsajfj (author)2014-11-10

so does this show the final working one or the one that was your first 3D print (for the first one NICE)?

Onyx Ibex (author)jlsajfj2014-11-10

This is the first attempt. I still haven't gotten around to remaking it yet. :)

jlsajfj (author)Onyx Ibex2014-11-10

Ohhh thanks

jlsajfj (author)jlsajfj2014-11-10

is the cad file for the final attempt or the first?

Onyx Ibex (author)jlsajfj2014-11-10

the CAD files are for the initial version (not the final version). I will put a link at the end if you want to download them.

jlsajfj (author)Onyx Ibex2014-11-11

sure Thanks!

jlsajfj (author)2014-11-10

you should add that you aren't selling the thing, because most of the comments say they wanna buy it.

Mask Fireclaw (author)2014-08-31

Making a fully wooden one with only hand tools now. I've probably been looking for this type of design for well over a year. Thank you so much!

lance.j.loveall (author)2014-08-01

ok i tried downloading your CAD files but they are either locked or created with a newer version of cad. What year of CAD did you use and is there anyway you can convert them to 2007/2008 use?

I likely used autodesk 2013. I only have 2014 now and don't know how to save it as an older format if even possible. Maybe you can go to my autodesk 360 account and download it in a particles format there. You can find the link somewhere on my webpage. I am on vacation this week so won't be able to send a link or try saving differently. If you are still having trouble after trying this and after a few searches still have no luck, send me another message and I'll see what I can do. Good luck! Maybe someone else in the comments has an idea?

wezils tuts (author)2014-04-18

I have been looking for a da otf but the youtube videos just don't cut it

Onyx Ibex (author)wezils tuts2014-04-18

What part is causing the confusion? I can try to clarify better maybe.

wezils tuts (author)2014-04-18

I have been looking for a da otf but the youtube videos just don't cut it

sup3rb4dd (author)2014-04-11

is there any way i could buy the pieces from you? i dont have a 3d printer

Onyx Ibex (author)sup3rb4dd2014-04-11

I am not currently in a position to sell these. My plan was to be able to sell the parts to people who were interested but due to delays in my 3D printer arriving (still has not arrived) and my work load for this summer already there is no way I could guarantee a date when I can make these available. This disappoints me as well and I am sorry I can't offer the parts for sale. Best of luck though! It is definitely possible to craft the mechanism out of balsa wood fairly well. When I first started making this there were a couple of youtube videos I found very helpful, that would be a good place to start if my ible doesn't elucidate parts of the mechanism well enough.

sup3rb4dd (author)Onyx Ibex2014-04-11

Ok, thanks man.

pk1hunter (author)2014-02-08

Would you be willing to upload the cad file for this? I really want to make my own.

Onyx Ibex (author)pk1hunter2014-02-08

You can download the CAD files from my website. Be warned, they still need improvement though.

Jaraco009 (author)2014-02-06

Name your price my man i will buy this

Onyx Ibex (author)Jaraco0092014-02-06

Unfortunately that is not an option yet. I still am awaiting my printer. I will of course post once it arrives!

plabarre (author)2014-01-18


this is really cool
as i saw on your website you looked to have the models updated this month
i was wondering if that was still looking like a possibility or if i should edit them myself

Onyx Ibex (author)plabarre2014-01-18

Yet again, I must push back when I will be able to work on them. My printer and time both have been delayed. The earliest I will now be able to work on them is late March :( I will of course let everyone know when I begin working on them again, but at this point it is not possible. Best of luck!

ajdill42 (author)2013-12-15


Onyx Ibex (author)ajdill422013-12-16

When the design is finished I am open to discussion on this. It is finals week right now for me so I am short on time. But I expect to have plenty of time to perfect the design after the holidays. I will try to let everyone who is interested know, as well as provide a link for more info. It is encouraging to see the interest though! As I mentioned in previous comments, I am waiting for a 3D printer to arrive before continuing as well. That delivery has been delayed and I still don't know the exact date it should arrive. The last time I heard was early January delivery (it is killing me to wait!). I will let you know when I have more information...

King Don (author)2013-07-21

Pray tell, how much would it cost for me to order one of these from you, my good man?

Onyx Ibex (author)King Don2013-07-29

I am not in a position to sell these right now. I hope to in the future. I need to modify the CAD files first so that it works better and I need to wait until November for me 3D printer to arrive. After then we can talk if you remain interested.

Swordsdance08 (author)Onyx Ibex2013-10-27

I'm willing to purchase this for around up to 40$ , its around november, can you please respond if you are still wanting to sell it please respond

Onyx Ibex (author)Swordsdance082013-10-27

Seems reasonable, but what I meant was that I can't start working on them again until November. So I don't have anything available right now. I will let it be known when I get back into working on them!

Swordsdance08 (author)Onyx Ibex2013-11-22

are you ready now, dont mean to be mean

Onyx Ibex (author)Swordsdance082013-11-22

I wish I could work on them. The printer has been delayed and I probably won't get it before January is the new estimate :( Trust me, I am much more anxious for this than you :) no offense. Sorry I can't offer anything else until then.

Onyx Ibex (author)Onyx Ibex2013-11-22

The original estimate would have made them available by now, but since it has been delayed, we all must wait longer.

bbrouwer2 (author)2013-10-25

Can you send me som more information about the material and dimensions from the hidden blade please:)

Onyx Ibex (author)bbrouwer22013-10-27

check out my website to see the dimensions on the CAD files. Materials is a mystery plastic that isn't PLA nor ABS. I wish I knew what it was. I thought PLA at first but it doesn't quite feel the same as normal PLA.

Guidomalan (author)2013-08-15

Does it retract?

Onyx Ibex (author)Guidomalan2013-08-16

Yep. The whole point is that it extends and retracts with the same mechanism

vvyom (author)2013-08-16

CAD files please.....

isaiah 99 (author)2013-08-09


Chroman (author)2013-06-14

I will even pay you. Please, I really need you. You are the best improviser i could find on this site. If you don't respond, I will be forced to find another. Please!

Chroman (author)2013-06-14

This is not a scam please

Chroman (author)2013-06-12

It will change the world and i need your craftsmanship to do it

Chroman (author)2013-06-12

This will be a job i have hand picked you for

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