Introduction: Highlander: Kurgan Sword
"I have something to say! It's better to burn out than to fade away!" - The Kurgan (Highlander)
When the YouTube series Film Riot announced their new "Monday Challenge" (scene remake), I got excited. I wanted to do a shot for shot remake of the final fight from one of my favorite movies... Highlander. I already had a replica of Connors katana (a birthday present to myself), but I needed the sword of one of the greatest villains ever put onto a screen; The Kurgan. You can view the final video here. Lets begin!
(Note: this will not be an exact replica, I just made it to look as close to the movies as possible for the video.)
Step 1: The Sword
I started with the basic sword. I found a leftover wooden stake from a haunted house I did on Halloween (Video Here). I took it in and measured it to make sure it was the right size... and it was PERFECT! From what I hear the entire sword is 4ft long and thats what the wooden stake is! Using a reference photo I drew the shape of the tip onto the wood and cut it with a saw.
Step 2: The Handle
I took a wooden dowel and traced it on the bottom foot of the stake. I then cut out the the traced area so that it was the same diameter of the dowel. Then I cut the dowel down the middle and glues it on with hot glue; and if thats not enough I also DUCT TAPED THE CRAP OUT OF IT! Tape it! The real handle of the sword has black leather as a grip, for that take some small rubber electrical tape and bring it all up and to the end. Do this Twice to give it an "x" pattern. I then cut off the extra wood thats on the bottom of the handle. For the little ball on the bottom, I took the end of a curtain rod and spray painted it silver glue that to the end and you're done with the handle.
Step 3: Cross Guard
For the cross guard I printed out a screenshot and traced it onto a piece of cardboard. I made two cutouts and added reinforcement in between the two pieces. I glued it between the handle and the blade. Using light cardboard, like a cereal box, I filled the space between the halves.
Step 4: The Mini Blade
Take apart a Clothespin. Cut both halves of the wood so they have a point. Put silver duct tape on them. Done.
Step 5: Metal
Its hard to explain this part. So this is the video I found that made me do it this way. Do the same to the Hilt and you now have a very metal looking sword!
Step 6: Adding the Mini Blades
I Just cut a spot in the top of the Cross Guard and glued it in.
Step 7: "There Can Be Only One"
Done! Not bad for a one day build! I will upload the video when its ready! I hope you like this instructable! If you have any suggestions on how I could make it better, comment below. If you want to see more replicas, follow me. More Builds to Come!
Step 8: Some Photos From the Shoot
These are some pictures we took while we were making the video.