This miniature Braveheart inspired whiskey/martini sword took me about 30 minutes to make.

Tools you need:

1 framing nail
Small brass nail or thick brass or copper wire
drill with a small drill bit (1/16)

Here is the beautiful video of the making process.

Step 1: Making a Handle

First we need to make a hole in the nail for the future handle guard. I fixed the nail on the anvil with the clamping wrench and marked the hole with a center punch. When i drilled the hole with an 1/16 drill bit.

Next step is shaping the handle. It's easy to do with an improvised lathe (drill) and a file. After I finished shaping with a file, I polished it with a 250 and 800grid sand paper. It's easier to polish the handle at this stage, while the blade is not flat yet.

Step 2: Shaping the Blade

Now you can try yourself as a real blacksmith, but on a smaller scale. =)

Heat up the nail with a blowtorch and bang it with a hammer on an anvil. Nail is pretty soft than its red hot. If you don't have a blowtorch you can still flatten the nail. All you need is a bigger hammer and more patience.

After initial shaping of the blade on an anvil, I flatten it out with a file.

Step 3: Sharpening

I used a file to setup sharp corners of the blade. Then polish it with the sandpaper 250grid and 800grid.

Step 4: Making a Handle Guard

To make a handle guard we need a small brass nail. Put it through the hole we drilled before and secure it with a few bangs of hammer. Cut the ends with pliers. Brass is very soft metal, you don't need to make it hot to shape. few hits oh a hammer and the handle guards will be flat. Then you can band them and finish them with files and sandpaper.

The more you sand with a high grid sandpaper the more shiny your sword will be.

Step 5: Now You Can Enjoy Your Manly Drink.

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<p>im working on oen of my own will post it when doem im really excited thanks</p>
<p>I made this today, was more hammering than I expected and the handle is hard to make but otherwise easy</p>
<p>Awesome!!!! looks like real size sword =))))</p>
<p>dope, simply dope.</p>
Check out my sword. not bad huh?
<p>Great idea, did have a heat source but a good selection of files, I might try adding a pin or clasp to the back and make it in to tie pin. Inspired .</p>
<p>I made it! Love this project. Not very well finished but I'm ok for the first one </p><p>And it fits well for my Gandalf :) </p>
I need to use a bigger nail next time- i bent the &quot;pommel&quot; a bit. The copper wire wrap i thought was a nice touch :)
<p>This is awesome! I will build mine soon!</p>
brilliant instructable, had a few problems as I was using a kitchen blow torch. thanks so much :)
<p>imagine fighting with it in a battle!!! =]</p>
<p>do you think you could sell one to me it looks awesome</p>
Where did you get that tiny anvil?!
<p>You could make a lot of tiny swords and then make the iron throne!</p>
<p>Where did you buy the anvil?</p>
<p>I didn't count the hours i had alot of fun</p>
<p>Beautyful!!! Really marvellous!</p>
<p>You need a little Mel doll now:-)</p>
<p>I made it in 2 hours but i'm happy with the result. Thanks for the great idea.</p>
<p>wow yours looks amazing ! Much finer and smoother than the rather rugged original (Braveheart style anyways ;) )</p><p>Amazing 'ible inspiretomake, instasubscribe !</p>
<p>Merci, tres gentil.</p>
<p>What song was playing in the background? I want to play it when I drink my highland martini.</p><p>Really cool project, it was very enjoyable :)</p>
<p>Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()() </p>
<p>Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()() </p>
<p>Wow.... Just wow.... (a.k.a THAT WAS A NAIL?!?!?!?)</p>
<p>oh i need to make this. thanks for the instructable. looks awesome. how fun!!!</p>
<p>Err Sorry, but why would anyone want to make this?, except for maybe spearing olives in your drink or using it as a finger nail dirt picker. </p>
<p>we got something like this in Alaska, they were designed to be reusable tooth picks</p>
<p>Excellent Project....</p>
<p>Thats the whole nine yards - art, inspiration and craftmanship - brilliant - and the choice of music is spot on too</p><p>Rob2024</p>
<p>Nicely done. You've definitely nailed it with this Instructable, no screwing around here.</p>
Bwahahahahaaaa.... Funny! Very very funny!!
<p>SWEET!!! Very clever! This could probably also be scaled up. </p><p>Great instructable!</p>
<p>SWEET!!! Very clever! This could probably also be scaled up. </p><p>Great instructable!</p>
<p>That's awesome! Really nice work</p><p>Just a question, I always worry for the dust that the nail drops when you apply the file. It's there any danger for your health or for your drink? Thanks!</p>
<p>Thanks for commenting MinerKraft. There is not much dust you can produce from a single nail. And then the nail is polished I think its pretty save to keep it in the drink, iron is not a toxic metal. PS. don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel. ;)</p>
Iron isn't toxic, but zinc is when heated.<br>Do not blowtorch a galvanized nail.
Iron isn't toxic, but zinc is when heated.<br>Do not blowtorch a galvanized nail.<br><br>Sword looks great
<p>Thats AMAZING!!! Just outright fantastic..... best of all, you made it look so easy (i know its not) and in such a short time!</p>
<p>Well, you weren't kidding when you said Mini. Looks awesome!</p>
<p>Very cool bro :D</p>
<p>It looks like it'd be a good butterknife or letter opener. I WANT</p>
<p>Added electrical tape grip and dramatic lighting. </p>
<p>AWESOME!!!! Now you should make a mini cutlass and a mini pistol!!</p>
<p>Impressive and awesome. Got to try that sometime!</p>
great ideea, have to try that sometimes...
<p>Oh, so that's what I am supposed to do with that lego sized anvil I have!</p><p>Nice one, I can think of some fun applications :)</p>
<p>Its very impressive how you did it, really nice.</p>

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