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The Ninja's Umbrella

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Ever wanted to show off your inner ninja without being arrested for carrying a scary katana or wakizashi? Now you can with this awesome umbrella!
 
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Step 1: What you need

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Material list:

-One piece of wood (appx 1*0.5*7inches)
-A few feet of black nylon webbing or similar material
-An umbrella
-Glue 

Tools:

-handsaw
-wood file
-glue gun or staple gun
-drill
-pliers
-scissors

Step 2: Making the wood part

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The main part of the sword's hilt is wood.
I took a length of wood and cut it down to 1in by 0.5in by 7in. Then I rounded the edges with a file. The size and shape of the wood is optional. You should have a look at other hilts to get ideas.

Step 3: Attaching the hilt to the umbrella

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The hilt is going to replace the handle on the umbrella, so there needs to be a way to attach it. The simplest way is to cut the handle off and stick the new one on. 
Cut the handle off with a saw or break it off with pliers. Then drill a hole on the hilt that is the same size as the new end the umbrella. If both ends come together well, this step is done.


Step 4: Wrapping the handle

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The nylon webbing it for wrapping the handle. What I did was cut "bowties" with scissors and wrap it around the wood with glue along the webbing. You may need to cut and reglue sections of it.
Another method (which is also the right way to do it) can be found at http://pages.prodigy.net/tlbuck/tsuka/tsuka.htm

Step 5: Finish

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Take the hilt and attach it to the umbrella with a bit of glue. Go show off your amazing umbrella or give it to someone for Christmas.  

Some ideas on what you can do with the hilt is:
-Put it on ski poles.
-Put it on a conductor's baton.
-Make your hockey stick look like a ninja sword.
Ikkalebob3 years ago
Great instructable! I am definately going to try this. One idea though, would be to use http://www.tsukamaki.net/tsuka/ <- that for the handle.
living here in Florida with my Concealed weapons carry ticket I can carry a live blade. that would be good camo for it.
ANDY! (author)  panzerfaust3793 years ago
Will try to stay away from anyone with a ninja umbrella in Florida then! ;)
JermsG3 years ago
Nice!

Personally, I couldn't be bothered cutting out the 'bowtie' shapes; I'd either just twist the material and glue it down, or paint it instead. Or use that link you mentioned.
Liking the hockey stick idea too.
Kudos!
haruspex JermsG3 years ago
Well, if you look up katana handle wrapping, you'll find that you /don't/ cut triangles out of the material. You /do/ twist the material. Handle wrapping is not terribly difficult, and there are plenty of tutorials out there so you can do this right.
Annatar23 years ago
If you want to add a bit more flare to the project look into putting a Tsuba (Hand Guard) on the end just above your wrapping. There's already an instructable for how to make one on the site, but if you're looking for something nicer you can always purchase one of the net (search: katana tsuba). Or you can try improving on the instructable already here and show us your results :)