Introduction: Make a Miniature Folding Pocket Katana (video)

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Ever wanted to have a samarai sword? Not willing to be accused of having a weird weapon obsession? Then the pocket katana is for you! Finally, a tiny sword that you can stealthily carry with you everyday and practice with at your desk. The ninjas would be proud of this secret weapon.

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This blade is great for shredding sheets of paper and showing fruits and vegetables whose boss.

If any of you miniature blacksmiths out there make some cool blades, send me some photos and we can trade :)
I have some high quality pictures of the finished blade here.


WhattheDuck (author)2015-06-20

Just a question but is the right side of the blade sharpened. I use to take sword classes and the lower side of the angle is used to attack. You seem to have sharpened the side that faces the holder (if it was full scale) is it a mistake? or am I missing something?

Jake_Makes (author)2014-09-23

what happened to your website?

Dave.D.Messermacher (author)2012-12-17

For the same price, or a bit more, you can get 4 feet of new, unhardened 1084 barstock.

DaDerp (author)2012-11-26

whoa. anyway i could get one from you?

nepheron (author)DaDerp2012-11-26

If you want a knife similar to the ones I make here, google 'higonokami'. My design was inspired by the higo knives of japan.

nepheron (author)DaDerp2012-11-26

Sorry! I used to sell them on etsy, but right now I lack the resources to make any more :(

themonkey12 (author)2012-01-16

If you use a sawblade do you have to temper it?

thedriftcore (author)themonkey122012-06-10

It's a good idea to do so, however it isn't required unless you want a really durable knife. If it does get dull during use you could just resharpen it, which is why I don't always pay as much attention to heat treating blades that I'm keeping for myself. After all, it adds sharpening practice. If you don't have the equipment to keep an accurate temperature or are not sure exactly what temperatures are best for your knife, then you can either play it safe and leave it, or you can try to experiment and learn more about heat treating, it just depends on how much time/equiment/skill you have and what kind of knife/minisword you want to end up with. If you have any other questions I'll do my best to answer them, good luck if you end up trying this.

black hole (author)2011-12-04

Nice. The blade kinda reminds me of the Microtech Vector.

codongolev (author)2011-09-21

I've made a couple of teeny tiny swords out of nails (I made an itty bitty old-timey hunting knife and I made a teeny tiny broadsword). making knives is always fun.

nepheron (author)codongolev2011-09-21

Do you have any pics? I'd love to see the tiny swords!

codongolev (author)nepheron2011-09-22

I'm not sure where they are. they're kind of easy to lose. however, I might be able to find them.

black hole (author)codongolev2011-11-27

Don't step on them. ; ) Seriously though, I would like to see them. Have you looked at Mrballeng's mini sword?

tbevis (author)2011-11-02

not a katana because its not curved

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-09-23

"Weird weapon obsession"...I know what youre talking...KNIFES Drives me Crazy.
Interesting Filing method.
I love tha rustic style.
Ready in my To do, List.
thnks for share.

nepheron (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-09-23

Yeah, having a collection of cold steel kukris and condor machetes is not something that should be talked about in public. Regular people just can't appreciate the need for zombie apocalypse preparedness.

The filing method is the best way I know to make a home-brew scandi edge. I'm still thinking at how to do it faster with power tools, though.

I absolutely love the handforged look. The little pock marks are mostly the result of a peening hammer, I'm thinking about making a hammer textured with X patterns.

BrefelanDesigns (author)nepheron2011-10-18

He he! Indeed! People seem to get nervous when the see me using my lovely 3inch Gerber pocket knife.. (I wear glasses and sometimes one of the little screws gets lose - the knife's edge works like a great screwdriver!) The hilarious thing is that I work with knives on a pretty regular basis at work, and at home... and I LOVE knives -so much better than guns... it's truly an art form, making and PROPERLY using a knife.... anyways I think I got off topic... oh, yea, people are always afraid I will cut myself with a knife, seeing me using it... I have NEVER cut myself with a knife.... (though I have gouged my fingers with screwdrivers, linoleum engravers (those suckers are sharp!), and other things but never a knife...
Oh dear I thinks I have gotten off topic again.. I better stop typing....

punkhead58 (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-10-06

So I'm not the only one...this is comforting.

glangham (author)2011-10-12

that looks dangerous and stupid

bob.the.devil (author)glangham2011-10-16

as a matter of fact it IS a pocket knife...

bob.the.devil (author)glangham2011-10-16

not any different then a pocket knife o.0

nepheron (author)glangham2011-10-12

Have fun in your padded room! Corners are dangerous, you know! :)

Caym (author)2011-10-10

That resembles a higonokami ( traditional japanese pocket knife) more than a katana however its very expertly made

nepheron (author)Caym2011-10-11

Thanks! The design is based off higonokami. I wanted to make something that had the aesthetics of higonokami, so I isolated what I believed to be the desirable features and "americanised" it. Not many people have heard of higonokami, but everyone knows what a katana is!


backyardengineer (author)2011-10-02

nice work have you thought about a locking blade version?

Dekubaba94 (author)2011-09-22

Quite the artist, you are. Might want to research the difference between Ninjas and Samurai, though. (Although judging by your use of terms, you most probably already know)

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