Introduction: Mini Sword

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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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.

Picture of Now You Can Enjoy Your Manly Drink.

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florian.vandonklaar (author)2014-11-26

im working on oen of my own will post it when doem im really excited thanks

DavidW18 made it! (author)2014-11-23

I made this today, was more hammering than I expected and the handle is hard to make but otherwise easy

inspiretomake (author)DavidW182014-11-23

Awesome!!!! looks like real size sword =))))

23wgranholm (author)2017-04-13

dope, simply dope.

DIYmakerGUY (author)2017-01-19

Check out my sword. not bad huh?

AndrewT110 made it! (author)2016-09-17

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 .

Tate_m made it! (author)2016-04-20

I made it! Love this project. Not very well finished but I'm ok for the first one

And it fits well for my Gandalf :)

Wolfgar77 made it! (author)2016-04-12

I need to use a bigger nail next time- i bent the "pommel" a bit. The copper wire wrap i thought was a nice touch :)

Wolf321 (author)2015-10-11

This is awesome! I will build mine soon!

MakerBox made it! (author)2015-09-13

brilliant instructable, had a few problems as I was using a kitchen blow torch. thanks so much :)

Kraft kid101 (author)2015-09-07

imagine fighting with it in a battle!!! =]

WittedCoast718 (author)2015-08-29

do you think you could sell one to me it looks awesome

ToggleSwitch (author)2015-04-25

Where did you get that tiny anvil?!

Maelstromw (author)2015-04-23

You could make a lot of tiny swords and then make the iron throne!

smash_70 (author)2015-04-16

Where did you buy the anvil?

tijoecon made it! (author)2015-01-05

I didn't count the hours i had alot of fun

claudiocugnoni (author)tijoecon2015-01-07

Beautyful!!! Really marvellous!

bettina-sisr (author)2014-12-26

You need a little Mel doll now:-)

claudiocugnoni made it! (author)2014-12-03

I made it in 2 hours but i'm happy with the result. Thanks for the great idea.

K4nyix (author)claudiocugnoni2014-12-07

wow yours looks amazing ! Much finer and smoother than the rather rugged original (Braveheart style anyways ;) )

Amazing 'ible inspiretomake, instasubscribe !

claudiocugnoni (author)K4nyix2014-12-09

Merci, tres gentil.

kakashibatosi (author)2014-12-08

What song was playing in the background? I want to play it when I drink my highland martini.

Really cool project, it was very enjoyable :)

little.g.ban (author)2014-11-29

Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()()

little.g.ban (author)2014-11-29

Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()()

little.g.ban (author)2014-11-29

Wow.... Just wow.... (a.k.a THAT WAS A NAIL?!?!?!?)

dragonflydazd (author)2014-11-27

oh i need to make this. thanks for the instructable. looks awesome. how fun!!!

baomien (author)2014-11-26

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.

my wookie (author)baomien2014-11-26

we got something like this in Alaska, they were designed to be reusable tooth picks

cybercapri (author)2014-11-26

Excellent Project....

rob2024 (author)2014-11-25

Thats the whole nine yards - art, inspiration and craftmanship - brilliant - and the choice of music is spot on too


wobbler (author)2014-11-25

Nicely done. You've definitely nailed it with this Instructable, no screwing around here.

Omarsibles (author)wobbler2014-11-25

Bwahahahahaaaa.... Funny! Very very funny!!

kingfish23 (author)2014-11-25

SWEET!!! Very clever! This could probably also be scaled up.

Great instructable!

kingfish23 (author)2014-11-25

SWEET!!! Very clever! This could probably also be scaled up.

Great instructable!

MinerKraft (author)2014-11-22

That's awesome! Really nice work

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!

inspiretomake (author)MinerKraft2014-11-22

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. ;)

mawktheone (author)inspiretomake2014-11-25

Iron isn't toxic, but zinc is when heated.
Do not blowtorch a galvanized nail.

mawktheone (author)2014-11-25

Iron isn't toxic, but zinc is when heated.
Do not blowtorch a galvanized nail.

Sword looks great

neilcp (author)2014-11-25

Thats AMAZING!!! Just outright fantastic..... best of all, you made it look so easy (i know its not) and in such a short time!

avayan (author)2014-11-25

Well, you weren't kidding when you said Mini. Looks awesome!

xynine (author)2014-11-25

Very cool bro :D

dlynch02132 (author)2014-11-23

It looks like it'd be a good butterknife or letter opener. I WANT

DavidW18 made it! (author)2014-11-23

Added electrical tape grip and dramatic lighting.

The Awesome Inventor (author)2014-11-22

AWESOME!!!! Now you should make a mini cutlass and a mini pistol!!

2hess (author)2014-11-22

Impressive and awesome. Got to try that sometime!

fcfelix (author)2014-11-22

great ideea, have to try that sometimes...

Raitis (author)2014-11-21

Oh, so that's what I am supposed to do with that lego sized anvil I have!

Nice one, I can think of some fun applications :)

Madman146 (author)2014-11-21


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RA productions (author)2014-11-21

Its very impressive how you did it, really nice.

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