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

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

About: Hey there. I'm a huge fan of video games, particularly sanbox titles like Grand Theft Auto IV. I also like games that are emotional in nature and can make me experience a wide array of emotions, games like ...

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)

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    Awesome, Yamamoto is my fave character from that anime

    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

    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

    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.

    Aw, sweet!

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

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    Yeah, they are pretty sweet, amirite??

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

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

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

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

    Yeah, a big fat LOL.

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

    Ahhh, I see. Thanks for pointing that out.

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

    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.

    those are some strong tonfas...ouch

    Yep. Thanks for commenting BTW!

    Yay? Why did you say yay?