Introduction: My Homemade Steel Tonfas (Okinawan Nightsticks/Side-Handle Batons)

Picture of My Homemade Steel Tonfas (Okinawan Nightsticks/Side-Handle Batons)

These are the steel tonfas I made in around the beginning of January. I like them a lot, and I have used them repeatedly ever since. VERY tough, dents wood and crushes plastic with ease, I once used these in an all-out kumite (sparring match) with my friend who wields a Musashi-brand shirasaya sword, and these tonfas suffer no apparent damage.

This project was inspired by two things. One is by the super bad@ss steel tonfas I found on a martial arts website, and two is by the anime Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (which I am greatly a fan of) because one of the main characters, Hibari Kyoya, uses steel tonfas in battle (so I was like, hey! I could make those!).

Hope you like them! If many people comments on this, I will post a full I'ble of it (maybe :-P)


anime-mlp (author)2014-07-15

Awesome, Yamamoto is my fave character from that anime

de0509 (author)2012-07-18

Lol. These look great. Im still building one, but from metal pipes. I primarily made out of PVC as the prototype. I chose tonfas because they suit my fighting style. Should be using a parang lading for my silat, but those are for senior people, its more of a honour to receive them rather than a weapon.

So i planned to make mine bladed. attacks can be made with the blade and the screws holding the blade. Not recommended to use the pommel function as the hand needs to grip the blade end which is dangerous. I keep the blades separated so they become less dangerous

hakeye (author)2011-05-06

just dont walk around with them you will get arrested unless you have a liscense or do a sport(like karate,kung-fu .etc).I know Cuse i have REAL ONES

Shadow13! (author)2010-10-28

Very nice. I have read several of your instructables and I am quite impressed with all of them. I wish I had the material and tools to do the stuff you do.

Berkin (author)2009-03-24

Aw, sweet!

Are these the ones you used on You-Know-Who...?

Camisado (author)Berkin2009-03-24

Yeah, they are pretty sweet, amirite??

Heck yeah! He kinda passed out, err.....Right after that :-P

Berkin (author)Camisado2009-03-25

Hehe... I'm sure that cement-filled pipes would knock anyone out. Nice job, though!

Camisado (author)Berkin2009-03-25

Thanks! Oh BTW it ain't cement filled it's 100% steel.

Berkin (author)Camisado2009-03-26

o.O ... Wow... You-Know-Who must have a lot of dents in him, then. XD

Camisado (author)Berkin2009-03-26

Yup :-P

Berkin (author)Camisado2009-03-27


Camisado (author)Berkin2009-03-27

Yeah, a big fat LOL.

and BTW they're not pipes, look at the second pic. Not hollow right?

Berkin (author)Camisado2009-03-27

Ahhh, I see. Thanks for pointing that out.

Lol, I thought it was cement!... Ah, well.

Camisado (author)Berkin2009-03-27


CHIEFGR8TWOLF (author)Camisado2010-10-01

It has been awhile since I have been able to sit at a computer, so forgive the lateness of this. As I told you before I had made two sets of these for my son to practice with. Unlike u lucky person, I am not lucky enough to have someone give me that kind of steel. But luckily I was able to build one set out of 1 inch steel pipes and fittings filled with dry concrete and a second set out of 3/4 inch pipes filled with play sand(very dry). He uses the 3/4 inch set to improve his speed and 1 inchset to build his strength and stamina. I used 1 "t" fitting, 2 six inch pipes, one 18 inch pipe, 3 caps, and fillings for each tonfa. The speed set was painted chrome by my son and the handle was taped with white bat tape. Very flashy when he gets them going. Hope u r enjoying your set. Each set cost me less than $20 because I had the sand and concrete already. The only tools I used were 2 monkey wrenches and it took me longer to purchase parts than it did to assemble them. Enjoy. By the way, dry material so if it is too heavy it can be adjusted to suite the user.

z-man6233 (author)Camisado2009-05-01

those are some strong tonfas...ouch

Camisado (author)z-man62332009-05-01

Yep. Thanks for commenting BTW!

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Camisado (author)happybirthday2009-03-25

Yay? Why did you say yay?

happybirthday (author)Camisado2009-03-25

Why not?

Camisado (author)happybirthday2009-03-25

Hmm..... Good point.... Like the Tonfas? Rate this slideshow please!

happybirthday (author)Camisado2009-03-26

Already 5vd and subbed

Camisado (author)happybirthday2009-03-26

Hey Thanks.

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Neovenetar (author)2010-08-22

do you think those tonfa that convert into nunchucks are as strong as these?

Camisado (author)Neovenetar2010-08-22

Honestly, no.

Neovenetar (author)2010-08-11

did you weld them together yeah?

Camisado (author)Neovenetar2010-08-12


Hibari Kyoya (author)2010-02-20

Wow no comments in a while o.o Well anyway man i love them and i'd really love to get a pair :D Actually... Hibari Kyoya inspired me to get a pair of these and i want to learn to use them like him :D. Know any place i can get them?

And again Amazing :D

Camisado (author)Hibari Kyoya2010-04-23

Thanks for the compliment! And you can get a pair of these online, but the pair they sell online is made out of stainless steel and is not as strong and damage-resilient as my pair.

x50rider (author)Camisado2010-05-04

actully in heat treated or high grade stainless is way harder

Camisado (author)x50rider2010-05-05

You're entitled to your own opinion. Personally I don't believe a word you just said. If you have some proof to back up your claims, please do show me and prove me wrong.

Danish M1Garand (author)Camisado2010-05-20

 Look at the blade of a Bucket Loader or any other earthmoving equipment. You weld on stainless to keep it from wearing out. If mild steel wore better and was tougher we would weld that to the bucket as it is a third the cost.

Sweet Tonfas.

LOL. They don't weld stainless on buck loaders, they just look polished and unrusted because they are always wearing away from use. Good reasoning though. |||| And x50rider said, "actully in heat treated or high grade stainless is way harder"'s true that some heat treated stainless is harder than some regular steel, but there are lots of types of steel out there, with various properties. Most stainless steel is not heat treated and is relatively soft. |||| Per dollar you can get much harder and stronger carbon steel than stainless. And hardness is not the only important property, too hard and it will be brittle, like a tool steel drill bit.

Camisado (author)Danish M1Garand2010-06-20

While that might be true, I once attacked a piece of bamboo with a stainless steel knife I purchased online and did the same thing with a high-carbon knife for the heck of it. The high carbon knife didn't suffer any apparent damage while the stainless steel knife got little chips here and there. But what do I know, you might be right, personally I don't really care that much. And thank you very much for the compliment.

wrksnfx (author)2010-05-09

They are AWESOME.

Just don't get caught carrying them because they are illegal to carry them unless your a law enforcement officer.

Camisado (author)wrksnfx2010-06-20

Not illegal in my country.

Aztof (author)2010-03-02

Very nice!  I'm going to make a pair of my own, but out of pipe.  i have tested and found that steel pipe filled with that expanding foam stuff that comes in a can absorbs and distributes shock quite nicely, but good for you for making real strrl weapons yourself.  4/5

Camisado (author)Aztof2010-04-23

Thanks for the compliment. If you end up making one, do post a pic here.

phoenix12 (author)2010-03-18

Dude that's awsome.

Camisado (author)phoenix122010-04-23

Thanks man.

R1Ch0 (author)2009-10-26

what type of metal did you use?
and what method of welding did you use?
they look pretty good, nice work.

Camisado (author)R1Ch02009-11-14

High carbon steel, not an expert on welding, so I guess normal welding? I dunno. Thanks for the compliment!

Knexspecialist (author)2009-08-02

Hey, these are brilliant 5* and subbed.

(P.S. I know we got off on the wrong foot on my knex slideshow but I also like home made non-k'nex weapons so I hope we can put that behind us)

Camisado (author)Knexspecialist2009-08-03

Thank you very much! Both for the 5 stars and the subscription!

Oh yeah, you're the guy that makes the K'nex First Tsurugi, right? It's Ok, we didn't really got off on the wrong foot per se, I've had worse starts with a lot of other people. Thanks again for subscribing me and I hope we can be friends.

Knexspecialist (author)Camisado2009-08-03

Thanks, I too hope we can be friends (:

An Villain (author)2009-07-21

i read a funny story about nightsticks once.

Camisado (author)An Villain2009-07-22

Good for you. Did you like the Tonfas?

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