Introduction: Letz Make a Paper Hidden Blade (Realistic!!)

Welcome to this paper Hidden Blade Instructable...

Hidden blade, most iconic weapon from the Ubisoft franchise Assassin's Creed. Fans including me would die for one. Unfortunately many fans around the globe can't own the official replica (toy) of hidden blade, due to shipping and tons of other troubles... And most tutorial online require 3-D printing or pep file components, which is not handy neither (in Hong Kong at least)...

Here is my little attempt to solve ths problem with a papercraft approach, the human pep...haha

This tutorial features:

No pep files,
No need to be a computer wizard
• Fully recycled materials... (low-budget)
• A short youtube videos tutorial
• and once you master the technique you can build whatever you like!!
• old-fashion and raw true paper craft experience..
• can be customize in any size and level of detail as you wish

What are you waiting for fellow assassins?

Step 1: Material and Tools

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the project is a low budget one hang tight... (most of my projects are)


  • plenty of recycled paper boxes (tissue or cereal box)
  • some draft paper for drafting and sketching
  • double side adhesive tape(option)
  • adhesive tape
  • cleaned lollipop stick (optional)


  • scissors (normal scissors will do)
  • cutters (optional)
  • hot glue gun (you can any glue you like i like hot glue gun cus its fast and firm)
  • pens, pencils, and markers

This is it for material and tools,

!!Caution!! scissors, cutter and hot glue gun could potentially be dangerous, use with care.

Step 2: Preparation

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PPP (in case you are interested...)

Production pipeline usually compose of PPP, pre-production, production and post-porduction...

The process of pre-production is crucial for the project,

This instructable is based on the hidden blade seen in ACIV BF used by Edward Kenway, Mary Read and other assassins from the Golden age of piracy.

Conceptual preparation:

  • Measure the length of your forearm
  • write down the intended sizes and dimension of your hidden blade
  • start googling reference fotos (deviant art and flickr are great too)
  • draw or print a 1:1 (blueprints) for your blade
  • come up with simple plan of constructing the 3d shapes and forms

Physical preparation:

  • have a clean working table (which i fail all the time)
  • unfold your paper boxes and estimate how many will be use
  • experiment and playing around with unfold paper card board

Attached with sketches and work plans i did for my blade... for reference... feel free to make your own plan and sketch

p.s. My advice is to draw the sketch once, even if you find a very detail blueprint, make modification of your own... drawing your own sketch takes time, but really reveal a lot more details and realism... Make the production stage smoother and more efficient...

Step 3: Functionality

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Sorry got you all excited, but we are not starting to build just yet...

The Hidden blade, namely features a retractable compartment to conceal the blade. There are countless approaches to this mechanism. For this tutorial, we're gonna cover the simplest way of doing it. (i am still working on different ways)

Hate to disappoint you guy, but this tutorial have only manually retraction... You are welcome to improve it and share with me...) you may see a scary hand draft in the preparation part, i try to make it simpler with this 3D block diagram...(its not a 3d model for pep file or printing)

Pls bear with me no rocket science involved, promised.

Paper is usually not the best material for mechanism due to its friction and too soft, so its worth while discussing this... friction can be minimize by reduce contacting surface area (using ring-rod mechanism) and softness and be overcome by more layers of paper (2 to 4 layers depending on the type of paper)...

Idea for the sliding compartment:

It is compose of three main parts, lower plane (A), the upper plane (B) and the blade (C). Parts will be connected with paper rings (red and purple). 1 ring should be attached to each end of A connecting to B. Rings can easily made with a long strip of paper card. Pay attention the space between the planes is slightly larger than the thickness of the blade(C). So that a simple sliding track (less friction) is form between the planes for C. Hopefully, with the help of the illustration it's easier to understand. but still this is not easy to explain nor understand, don't hesitate, feel free to rise any question in the comments below.

Step 4: Building the Blade

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If you understand the idea of the hidden compartment, great!! If not, i may did a poor job explaining it, but it is not a big deal after all, just follow the photos here, throw in some creativity of your own, you will do just fine, that's how i did it...

I recommend building the hidden blade from:

  • the base (biggest piece, like a mother board of everything else)
  • glue the retraction mechanism in place
  • seal the compartment with glue or tape (the box shape)
  • finish up the overall look (the skull logo, buckles and all other details...)

I figured my pics may describe the process better than my words. So enjoy the fotos... feel free to ask me anything in the comment about the process. i'd loved to answer you guys...

When gluing anything to your piece, make sure not to glue the parts involve the retraction mechanism...

Make sure you blade can move in and out of desired rage at all time!!


  1. Even with small surface area ring design, the friction may still be annoying, i put some baby powder to lubricate the sliding track for even smoother performance...
  2. Tapes are convenient, but try not to use it on outer surface, the plastic tape usually present very different texture to paper, even with paints on. (same goes with hot glue gun)
  3. Add one or two thin bamboo stick or lollipop stick so that paper seems harder...

Step 5: Post-production

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Unlike the Ironman project i did (pls check out if you haven't), i wanna color this blade and boost the realism...

i suggest to use waterproof paint, to prevent color fading and extend durability...


  • spray paint or any paint you like...
  • acrylic paint (the one i like)

Acrylic painting tips:

Honestly i am not v. v. good at paint job, but i've done enough to share a few tips on these brush metal texture...

  • do a dark color tune as base color...(in my case very dark blue)
  • use a dry brush to paint very thin coat of silver or gold
  • leaving minor brushstroke is a good idea
  • high light the edges and corners with a bit more silver (enhance the contour)

Other Post production advise:

  • attach strip and little belts (to wear it around town...haha)
  • improve the retraction mechanism (i am working on it too!)
  • make a pair and incorporate them with full set of cosplay

I hope this instructable made sense to you, feel free to ask me anything you wanna know about my works... i will try my best to reply ASAP. Is this instructable too lengthy? Should i skip some details next time? more pictures?let me know...

Go ahead and build your very own Hidden Blade... share with me i would love to know...

Hope you like my instrutable, if you do pls vote.... i enter contest with this piece too...


pls comment and give suggestion below, constructive criticism is most welcome...


Cena1804 (author)2016-12-09

Can you film it on youtube ?

RyseRyder (author)2015-11-08

I'm having trouble with the shapes, and i want to make it a little more firm. Anyone got any tips?

mchau2 (author)RyseRyder2015-11-08

shapewise, i encourage you to draw a 1:1 sketch, then make copies of it, cut the shapes of different, cut them out as templates, then cut the card board of the same shape.the firmness, i think you can choose thicker card board or double layers... in anycase picking a stronger glue does give hardness to the blade... hop it helps!! pls checkout my new hidden blade gauntlet from syndicate too!!

Darkmon (author)2015-08-29

holy.... wow this is great... how can you make such intricate and amazing props with cardboard?! (I tried to make things with cardboard but I failed... About a billion times)

mchau2 (author)Darkmon2015-08-31

well I fail too... Go and steel your skill!! you will get there!!

brayboy2000 (author)mchau22015-09-03

hey whats up

mchau2 (author)brayboy20002015-09-04

whats up? man!! you like papercraft too? Assassin's creed? both?... i wonder why not much people comment here too...

brayboy2000 (author)mchau22015-09-03

whats goin on here why anti nobody replying

brayboy2000 (author)mchau22015-09-03

why anit nobody talking

JoshuaB26 (author)2015-08-29

dose it lock into place then it can retract

mchau2 (author)JoshuaB262015-08-31

it won't slide back in... Neither does it retractable by it self... I am sorry... I wanna make it so too!! feel free to try!! I would love to see yours!!

awesome blade,looks like it's almost real life

thx man!! stick aroun for the ac syndicate prop project, 90 % done waiting for fine tuning b4 publishing!!

assassindude (author)2015-05-16

Uhhh... can you build an assassins creed 3 hidden blade

TheRockerDude (author)2015-04-13

I just modified your hidden blade and i made dual extension just like ezio hidden blade...

I will send a you a photo once im done with it

yashnarsian (author)2014-06-27

This was an awesome project and good job making it look realistic. I do have one request for you will you please teach us how to make Edward's pistol

mchau2 (author)yashnarsian2014-06-29

i did made the pistol, but i dont really love the paint job that i did, so i dunno if i should put it up here, i only put a unpaint pic on instagram...

c j r p (author)mchau22015-01-02

could you do a tutorial for flintlocks or an updated mechanism like spring loaded

Qerdacks (author)2014-11-12

Please, can you make Connor's hidden blade¿?

Deadman1342 (author)2014-10-30

I'm sorry, but I'm having trouble with the extension and retraction of the blade, could you help?

Deadman1342 (author)2014-10-30

Ok, tell me if you make one.

Deadman1342 (author)2014-10-30

Could you do Ezio's blade from brotherhood?

mchau2 (author)Deadman13422014-10-30

wow, thx 4 the suggestion... hm ezio is cool but may be I will past, sorry. from wt i know the blade you are refering to is very much similar in mechanism with this Edward blade... it's the appearance and decoration which you can sure sprinkle you creativity on!

TusharS (author)2014-10-30

I have understanded the whole design. But the sliding compartment I can't understand D:

mchau2 (author)TusharS2014-10-30

okay, I applied the same sliding mechanism in my other paper Phantom blade instructable... i attached more pics on the building process. if you still encounter problem, don't hesitate to ask me, but be specific on the challenge u face, or attach some pics of your attempt. so that i can provide you the best help...

ASSASSINSCREED4 (author)2014-09-16


mchau2 (author)ASSASSINSCREED42014-10-02

attache to a leather belt or strings... you can wear it around

joshv1 made it! (author)2014-09-22

I made it out of plastic

mchau2 (author)joshv12014-10-02

super great job... i should have seen this earlier... but i wasnt notified of you comment... my bad... nice build...

ASSASSINSCREED4 (author)2014-09-16

But can you where it

AssassinzSinpZ (author)2014-08-12

so does this work like a dual action otf knife?

mchau2 (author)AssassinzSinpZ2014-08-27

dual action like Connor skinning animals? no sorry

AssassinzSinpZ (author)mchau22014-08-28

No like a normal otf knife

mchau2 (author)AssassinzSinpZ2014-08-28

like normal knife as in shape or?

AssassinzSinpZ (author)mchau22014-08-28

Not shape, mechanism.

mchau2 (author)AssassinzSinpZ2014-08-28

you mean hv I improve it to be dual action, not yet, sorry occupied by other project?

AssassinzSinpZ (author)mchau22014-08-29

no, I am asking on how the hidden blade works and how do you activate itm

sweetawsome (author)2014-07-22

why don't you do a papercraft template of the blade.

mchau2 (author)sweetawsome2014-07-22

haha i dont quite understand ur suggestion... wanna elaborate more?

sweetawsome (author)mchau22014-07-23

i mean like a printable template that you cut out and put together

mchau2 (author)sweetawsome2014-07-24

Oh i see what you mean... i think the sketch i provided is fairly clear... and should be ok as an 'template'...But SORRY!! I think i won't do a 'printable template' for u guys just print and cut and glue... pls forgive me about that... But for me, doing so would be very much like pep files... which i think diminish the fun and creativity we can get from papercraft...

Like i said, we are more than a paper cutting and gluing machine right? like pep files uploading a template have issues like, i.e. Scaling up and down the file to match everyone is not exactly convenient, Even if you printed it out, you have to fibre glass it ot transfer the template to a card board again too. More trouble than it's worth... Hope you understand and forgive me... if my sketch isnt clear enough for you to follow... Don't hesitate, ask me for help!!

i just wanna make it clear... I am not against pep files or template... I think they are great for bigger construction like full body armor and helmet, which apart from using pep files, takes a lot more work on glass-fibring or foaming, sanding, painting, finishing and such... But simply using pep file in pure papercraft project in the scope of my concern? considering the size and scale of papercraft i work with, pep file or template complicate things. It just spoils the fun for me... feel free to disagree... I would love to discuss more on this topic with you... Cheers!!

sweetawsome (author)mchau22014-07-24

OK but could you try and make ezios hidden blade?

mchau2 (author)sweetawsome2014-07-27

I can see wt i can do... but from this point, maybe not... thx for asking

CrystalB01 (author)2014-07-22

I painted the cardboard and it looks very much like leather.

CrystalB01 (author)2014-07-11

Here's a little tip for the mechanism: since I made mine out of cardboard I cut out a little slit and put a little hot glue on his blade. That should help making it slide easily! Hope this is helpful!!! ;)

mchau2 (author)CrystalB012014-07-21

it is a great trick... i think we can add lubricant like baby powder... i included that new instructable

CrystalB01 (author)2014-07-11

I made an update of my pair of my hidden blade I made a vambrace and painted my blade silver it looks really cool thanks for making this instructable so I could have a pair of my own.

mchau2 (author)CrystalB012014-07-21

awesome is the arm guard in leather or painted cardboard?

Cataclysm46 made it! (author)2014-06-29

Really cool! I think I made a nice one... But great tutorial. Heres an idea try to make the Assassins Creed Unity Phantom Blade and maybe teach us it

mchau2 (author)Cataclysm462014-07-21

thx for the suggestion... i made a phamtom blade instructable already... feel free to check it out

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