What makes a Knexpert?

Alright simple question, complex answer--what makes a knexpert? What do you guys think? Maybe now we can settle exactly what it takes so that there aren't anymore arguments about it. When Mepain and the rest of the knelders were around I remember it was rather tough to become a knexpert. Expectations were high. They were the ultimate judges and if you weren't good you just weren't good. After they left it was rather easy because we were left with few skilled people and mostly unskilled people. The slightest innovation impressed the people now. Overall expectation wasn't quite as high so people like me were considered easier. But it wasn't just my guns that made me a knexpert. I know people like IaC were not only liked for their awesome one of a kind projects but also for their personality. These are my opinions on what makes a knexpert. For all of you approaching knexperthood you should make sure you have all of these plus what others post below checked off.-First off they should have at least a couple of guns above 3.5* Best chance also is having at least one gun on the front page at one point-This isn't really important but I think one should have at least 4-5 instructables before being considered-They should have a wide range of weapons to prove skill in everything.-They should be modest. It's alright to brag about your weapons and other creations sometimes but you shouldn't be overdoing it nor should you demand attention for an innovative feature.-You should have a nice personality and good attitude. Never say a gun sucks unless it's a simple block trigger. Rating an instructable .5* otherwise is like giving someone the death sentence. You should be as constructive as possible.-You also should be well known to everyone. Everybody should have a feel for you and stuff like that. You wouldn't let a complete stranger take control of your. What else do you guys have? It's always the community who decides who's a knexpert so what are some of those things that the community settles on?Can I also say sorry to those that weren't considered a knexpert for the tournament? It didn't mean we didn't want to include everyone but the contest was made with the question of who was the greatest knexpert in mind. Please stop making tournaments based off of ours from now on as you don't have an excuse. I'm not stopping you from making you're own but oodalumps was right when he said tournaments here suck because there is one every other day thanks to the sore people.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

The Grand Knexpert War (IRPG)

Alright I was planning on posting this towards the end of the Grand Tournament but I thought I'd start right now because I have no homework and so I have nothing better to do =PAlright to start off this is an IRPG or Internet Role-Playing Game. It's just for fun and nothing is completely serious. While we won't fake battles or anything I figured we could start up something and possibly if I figure out a good way we could play some sort of good game. Maybe I could make up one giving each gun some stats and...blah blah blah I'll have to start a collaboration team so if you want to help...yeah.Ok so here is how it's going to work. First off I need to know everyone who wants to participate. All you're going to do is have fun as we go along with the topic. So yeah here is a list of all the people who are going to play along so that we are ready for the next steps-TheDunkis-Jollex-shadowninja31Ok well the Top 3 winners of the Grand Tournament will be Team captains. If we end up with a lot of participants then maybe even 4 or 5 teams may be established. If one of them doesn't want to be a team captain then it will be passed to the next runner-up but I would prefer that no more than one person does this. Maybe we should hold elections instead? Maybe they should be nominated because the best builder isn't always the best leader. After our Captains have been decided they will all starting with the highest winning person choose team members from the list in order. Please don't disclude anyone on the list or turn down those who do join. Believe me everyone has something to bring to the table. Once your teams are established you will then have to make a choice on what will be-Your team name-If you really wish your individual nicknames-I don't know. If you guys end up with a graphics artist then design a team flag-Establish ranks. Better the person better their rank. -Finally you'll decide your standard issue weapons. These will include: *One Side Arm (i.e. DMS, TDS) *Two compact secondary weapons (i.e. BBKWG, IaC's Assault pistol, basically any assault pistol to SMG sized weapon) *Two assault rifles (Well any mid sized repeater so like Trauts' Thompson, My AK-74, or as long as it's compact any one shot power weapon like the DD-27 if you want) *One Sniper Rifle (i.e. Mepain's Sniper, Gorkem's Sniper,...anything with sniper at the end of it maybe?) *One Support weapon (i.e. a rubber band gun. Which ever of the storms was a friggen' beast!) *One Explosive (i.e. IaC's War Bomb, Splodies) *One misc. weapons (i.e. Shot gun, Canno--Oh gees I do hope IaC ends up to be one of the captains so people are only fighting to be on the team and not fighting to be one his team after the captains are done fighting to have him on their team...)You may only choose weapons that belong to your team members so choose carefully. Maybe later if I establish some sort of forum for a full own game you might be able to make money and buy weapons from others yada yada.Ranks for now will be simple and will go as follow in order from lowest to highest powered.~Basic Troops-Private-Corporal-Sergeant~Commanding Officers~-Lieutenant-Captain (from now on this is officer rank and not the leader title)-General~Leaders~-If you really wish a Second-in-Command although this would most likely be a General-Leader-- You then get to choose your own title such as President, Emperor, etc.You then must choose a role. Uh check my war game thread to see all of them. I'll post them here later. You should then use the appropriate weapons associated with your role. This will be more important once again if I am able to come up with some sort of actual game.In the end however you team must develop and arsenal of perfect weapons. So who's up for it? Should be a fun way to pass the time. I might make a forum for the whole war to be located in. If enough people join. Then who knows it depends how much help I get on how fancy the forum turns out and if I could turn it into a permanent home or not.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

Knexpert Search 2009!

Calling all K'nexers aged 12 and under! The Knexpert search 2009 has just opened! This is contest where you build the best knex object you can manage, and send it in. You have the chance of getting one of 7 prizes, which includes a few knex sets, some knex merchandise, and $1000 dollars in collage funds. Then there are 3 Grand prizes, that include lots of knex and knex merchandise, and $10,000!. All winners also get a free trip to new york where there are presentation cerimonys, and you will also got to see the inventer of K'nex, Joel Glickman! So if you can, Enter! Its definatly worth a shot.Good luck!Link to the origonal Knexpert search webpage: http://knex.com/club/becoming_knexpert.php

Posted by I_am_Canadian 9 years ago

What was your first knex gun?

I want to knex what all of u knexperts first knex gun. like, the first one you ever made. doesn't have to be ur desine. my first wad a true triggeer rbg with no handle got instuctions from utube

Posted by benfoxg 9 years ago

Where can I get bulk knex for cheap?

Im looking to make a few guns.

Asked by PKTraceur 9 years ago

The Grand Knexpert Tournament (TGKT)

The Grand Knexpert Tournament has started. The first challenge for all of the contestants is to make a knex gun. Yes that's right, just make a knex gun. Your gun will be judged by power, reliability, ease of use, and looks. You have to have an instructable or a video for your gun. In the video you have to demonstrate the power, ease of use, and reliability. Slide shows and forum topics are not permitted. You cannot enter a knex weapon that has already been posted, but you can enter one that you are designing right now. The top 8 will move on and the rest will be out.DEADLINEYour gun has to be entered by November 10th, 2008.How to EnterJust post a link to your instructable, slide show, etc.REVISED List of contestants1.TheDunkis [ENTRY]2.Dsman1852763.I_Am_Canadian [ENTRY]4.Jollex [ENTRY]5.Trauts [ENTRY]6.Bakenbitz [ENTRY]7.Dutchwarlord [ENTRY]8.The Jamalam [ENTRY]9.S0lekiller [ENTRY]10.Katarukito [ENTRY]11.Knexguy 12.The_Burrito_Master13.Darth Gecko Man [ENTRY]14.Pineapplebobthegreat15.Oompa-Loompa [ENTRY]16.Viccie.B1993 [ENTRY]17.Dutchj [ENTRY]18.Yerjoking [ENTRY]19.Bartboy [ENTRY]20.Shadowninja31 [ENTRY]

Posted by jollex 9 years ago

Knex table hockey, Bartboys claim to knexpertism

This is my table hockey game from knex. it is big. really big. I got inspired by Corner Gas and Dsmans pinball machine. I might post, but am building a foosball attacthement. Enjoy the pics and videos. Bartboy now an official knexpert!

Posted by Bartboy 9 years ago


I think that the term Knexpert is too widely used. I think it should be for several (over 3) innovative builds (NOT for instance an old system with one or two pieces changed) or some very good replicas. Am I alone in this thinking? Discuss. And p.s. Am I the oldest active member on here now that hasn't moved mainly to KI? I don't mean oldest in age, but oldest in time on instructables. I think a few may still be here. I'm not sure.

Posted by knexguy 9 years ago

Trading Legos for Knex!!

Do you have knex that are unwanted? Do you want legoes, and have a lot of knex? Are you willing to trade equal amounts of legoes for knex? 1:1 Knex to legos. You send Knex, I send Legos.

Posted by PKTraceur 9 years ago

SS tubing

Where can I buy Screaming Serpent Tubing? Knex.com doesn't sell it anymore.Please help.

Posted by knexpert#10829476 8 years ago

TGKT Results

Yeah so TGKT is over. IaC wins. Woo! His prize is that he gets to be adored by all ibles knexers. Yay!

Posted by jollex 9 years ago

TGKT (Round 2)

ROUND 1 IS OVER.ROUND 2 HAS STARTED.Guidelines:The rules are that you have to make something that is not a gun, it can be anything as long as it is not a gun. Entries have to be in by January 15th. You can enter something that has aready been posted as long as you haven't modified it since then.Participants:Here are the 8 participants and their scores from round one, all scores are out of 100.1. S0lekill3r{ENTRY}True Break Action Shotgun842. Dutchwarlord{ENTRY}Knex Big Crossbow833. I_Am_CanadianKnex Heavy Cannon v5-Handheld{ENTRY}824. Viccie.B1993{ENTRY}795. Knexguy{ENTRY}Knex L96A1796. Bakenbitz{ENTRY}Lancer787. DutchjKnex Rifle v2788. Jollex {ENTRY}Grenade Launcher75

Posted by jollex 9 years ago

Knex voice chat

Download the client : clientregister : registerafter installing, log inthen click Voicethen go to the bottom and click Add then click " by searching "and search for knexpert then add to public servers

Posted by Katarukito 9 years ago


Round 3Last round.RulesMake a ball machine.Deadline: June 1st

Posted by jollex 9 years ago

Ajleeces rock of the day.

Just to giving a little motivation to all the knexperts(yes jollex I am talking to you) a chance to do something different.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXaZmY52gHM 14th Novemberhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-AYAv0IoWI 15th November

Posted by ajleece 9 years ago

If I un-publish an instructable, is it permanently deleted or can I just publish the same one again?

My roller coaster instructable has a corrupt pdf file, the page won't load up. If I remove the instructable via unpublish it, will I still be able to access it to re-publish it?

Asked by knexpert#10829476 5 years ago

knex ball machine's new vip system

This is the groups offical vip club for people up to the stadards. It is a invitational club only knexperts can join. if you like to join you have to send a reply with a picture of your best ball machine and I will accept if it's up to my standerds Thank you

Posted by dance1212 9 years ago

How can I make a good Ball tower when I'm using grey and yellow rods for the structure? Answered

Im designing a ball tower to post on instructables. The only problem is that I'm having trouble making it look nice using a grey and yellow rod sized support tower.Anybody have tips?

Asked by knexpert#10829476 9 years ago

Rare Instructables Robot T-shirt?

I recently won the Toy Rods And Connectors Contest as Runner up and got a knex set and a unusual Instructables Robot T-shirt. I looked all over the internet for a shirt with the same design but came up with the usual ones. Is this one special or just a newer one? On the back of the shirt at the top, it says " Instructables".

Posted by knexpert#10829476 4 years ago

M200 Sniper Rifle (With *REAL* Bolt Action!)

This is my new sniper rifle. It has real bolt action, but does not shoot. When you actuate the bolt, it loads the shell. When you pull back, it ejects and loads the next. The mag is for show, but there is a 5 round internal mag. If anyone would care to mod it to shoot, I would be thankful. Should I post anyway though?

Posted by The Knexpert 9 years ago

The instructions on the YouTube video"Ball Machine 2" FOUND.

Http://knexinnovation.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&p=8474#p8212Many of you have been wanting to find out how DeDean16 made his ball machine on YouTube called "Ball Machine 2". Lucky for you, I've fount the link to the REAL instruction booklet that dates back to 1993. I hope you enjoy building this wonderful ball tower.

Posted by knexpert#10829476 9 years ago


I'm quite new to this site and one thing that has cropped up rather alot is this knexpert tournament. i a bit confused so could you please post answers to my questions. 1) who organises this because i searched through instructable contests and i couldn't find anything under knex?2) whos can and can't enter and why please.3) when is it held?http://www.youtube.com/user/ilovethesimpsons8 plz vist my youtube channel

Posted by The_Lost_Carrot 9 years ago

"I Beat You" K'nex Challenges!

Hey hey TheDunkis here! I want to introduce you guys to Ibeatyou.com For those who don't know ibeatyou is a site for online competition. I made a Knexperts group for everyone on instructables. So hurry and sign up so I can get on with the first challenge. By the way I'm hoping to make most of my challenges with videos so it would help if you had a camcorder or better. I'll still have some picture competitions so you with normal dig. cams can still join. I also need a good knexpert here to be a captain in my group to help out. I was thinking this would be something fun to do because we would get to meet each other through videos and have some nice friendly comp...ah heck we're going to brag and smack talk at each other!! So remember sign up, join my group, and wait for our first challenge. Any ideas anyone? No I will not make any contest related to power...or large size.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

Can instructables corrupt pdf files that are being created through the site and has it happened before? Answered

After over a month of waiting, my pdf file for my knex roller coaster won't load up. It keeps giving me a blank page. Could it be corrupt through the site? I was wondering if a corrupt image on my instructable could cause it because one image had a http error but still uploaded. I thiks something is wrong and I don't like that feeling.

Asked by knexpert#10829476 5 years ago

Knex Guns, why more than other projects?

I was just wondering one thing. There are so many knex guns out there on the indestructible and I was thinking, why not ball machines or other amazing projects? Why don't you post ball machines? Personally' I think knex guns are abusing what knex is all about. They are toys, not weapons! I'm not trying to make anyone look bad, there are cool guns out there but there are too many of them! Is there anyone that agrees with me?

Posted by knexpert#10829476 6 years ago

Toy Rods and Connectors Contest: Prizes!

Hello knexers! Just a small forum topic about the price I won with the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest. My prize arrived today, and I thought it would be nice to show you a picture. To the other winners of the contest: Feel free to send me a picture off your prize (comment or PM), then I can add it to the forum topic. 1st picture: me 2nd picture: hunter999 3rd picture: knexpert#10829476 Thanks for looking! ~Sandroknexmaster~

Posted by sandroknexmaster 4 years ago

Can anybody give me ideas on my new knex ball tower?? Answered

I am having trouble making a ball tower with a squiggle path. If you dont know what I mean, go to Youtube and I beleve the video is called knex ball machine operation schism. How do you make the path during the first run? Also Darth trainman, how on earth did you even start making the xXxXx with no instructions? I want to know how you do it please. Sorry if Im being bossy. Whoever helps me, thanks!

Asked by knexpert#10829476 9 years ago

Best Side Arm

Alright we need entries for my best side arm contest at ibeatyou. Even if you don't want to enter it would help if you voted once we do have more entries...and if you're curious enough you can see and listen to me...ooo meeting TheDunkis that has to be awesome right? Guess not... Competition LinkI don't care what you say here. Sure discuss whatever you want here although the real discussion is there I'm just inform those of you who haven't joined. I would join if you haven't. Knexperts like dsman, I_am_Canadian, and Jollex have already joined me.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

should i bother to make a m107 sniper rife

First I need to say: I am no knexpert, new to the site (noob) but I want to prove I am not one of those people who just comment. I am thinking of making a M107 sniper the minimum it will have... -shoot red or yellow rods -fire 60+ feet (thats going to be tricky) -have a removable clip -look something like the real thing -internal ram or just out the way -a folding bi-pod -true trigger I know it sounds almost inpossable but i am going to use the best of some guns and try to put it together. It will probly fail but it will be worth the try. Any questions or suggestions?

Posted by heat-seeker 9 years ago

A new Knex competition (And no, this is not a thread to advertise a TGKT spin-off!)

I am just going to say before I start that this is not a flame thread, and I just want to see how everyone feels about this. I do not want any immaturity or namecalling here. Any comments, from anyone, that include namecalling will be flagged.Now, a while ago Radioactive started a competition for those who were not included in the 'Grand Knex Snob Expert Contest' (Is that right, Radio?) What I am suggesting is that we run a smaller competition for those that have not earned the title of Knexpert (a term which I feel is used too loosely these days). It can run after the TGKT, and can be run by a party that would not wish to participate. People who were in the TGKT would not be able to enter, to give the less experienced a chance.

Posted by knexguy 9 years ago

Knex Gods?

Who are considrd the Knex Gods on this site? Im not shore but Ive heard its Darth Trainman, The Jamalam, DSman, Killerk and thats all Ive heard can you tell me if Im wrong or tell me some others?*PLEASE IGNORE THE DOTTEN LINES*knexperts:---------------------------------------------------------knex GODS:(your name here)-----------------------------------------------Darth Trainmanajleece-------------------------------------------------------------I_am_CanadianDath Trainman--------------------------------------------------Viccie.B1993The Jamalam----------------------------------------------------s0lekill3rbenfoxg------------------------------------------------------------tombuckey ( o.j )The_Burrito_MasterTheDunkisTrautsWickyDSman195276I_am_Canadianknexlord1Jollexshadowman39mepainBakenbitzIronman69KatarukitooblivitusKillerKOompa-LoompaSilentassasin21glitchedViccie.B1993KnexguyoddaDarth Gecko ManDutchwarlordDJ Radiokiller~safecrackers0lekill3r

Asked by Tom Buckey 9 years ago

Do you think people are too quick to rate something 5*s?

Hey there guys. We all know that getting to 5*s with a kne'x ible used to be quite hard, say a year and a half ago. Now, there are so many knex guns with 5*s its impossible to count! How? I will list a few of the reasons. 1) 'Ye of little knexing experience' are simply voting 5* instantaneously if they think it is remotely good. 2) There are simply too many members doing the above! 3) Nobody really knows what not to rate high anymore :-/ The 'Knexperts' of ibles are producing top quality work, that is being treated frankly the same as something that is not so top notch! Therefore, I propose that we formulate an instructable that would show people what we think work should be rated on. We need to get rid of ratings like 'Wow! First Derringer! 5*'  - Don't you think?! Please also comment on things I need to add to the list!

Posted by RMConstruction 7 years ago

Show a smile, instructables! (Knex users)

Hey all, Recently (and not so recently...) I have been noticing that our knex community here has been... not so nice recently. There seems to be a growing number of quarrels, mean comments and just generally it seems like the whole knex community is on edge. This makes me sad. Instructables is supposed to be a place were we share ideas with one another, give each other advice and just have fun hacking around with each other, which it is, for the most part. But the knex community seems to be becoming very competitive, mean to the point of rudeness, and there seems to be one heck of a lot of put downs. Its no wonder that many of the users are migrating to other websites. I would love to see this change! Lets try to get back to a constructive and cheerful group, and just generally be not quite so negative. Lets get out of this mess we've made. Also, (this does not apply to non knex readers) I would love to do away with this irritating "hierarchy", as one might put it. Many peoples opinions get pushed aside and discredited, simply because they may not be as good with knex as someone else, while the regulars are praised and approved, no matter what they do. This sucks, so lets do our best to treat everyone as equals, and not pan people because we might be better at knex then them. We all do this to an extent, me included. I would also love to get rid of that darned word "Knexpert". How many quarrels and pointless arguments have come around because of that silly little term... So be happy everyone, lets put some encoragment and cheer into everything that we do here. Show a smile! IaC

Posted by I_am_Canadian 9 years ago

What Should I Make Next?

Alright I have ideas but I have no clue which I want to do. So I'm simply going to ask you guys. Which of these should I make? By the way check out my TDS Instructable I updated it with a simple slide mechanism. Compact Assault Rifle Like an AK-74u or an XM8C. Basically I want to try to make a small gun that has some good strength. (an exact gun you want me to do would be helpful) Power Weapon/ Sniper I dunno this is something I really wanted to make for a long time after getting some more pieces. I've had I don't know at least 4 or 5 failed attempts before I don't like what I'm making. I have yet to make a weapon simply dedicated to power. Another Side Arm My TDS is great and all but it could have been a lot better. Basically I'll try something new and see what I get. Crossbow I suck at these...and that's why I want to try it out. It's another thing that I think a knexpert should have along side a side arm and sniper. What I would plan out then is a repeater so it has a magazine. Siege Weapon Something else I was curious about. A catapult or maybe a scorpion although it would probably just end up being an even smaller version of I_a_C's cannon. I'm not to enthusiastic about this one. Other Gun Replicas I guess I could try to make other replicas of bigger weapons but unlike the compact assault rifles they'll most likely be more for looks than function. Any Combination of the Above? I don't know maybe a cross bow pistol the handle loads sounds kind of cool although it would sure be a challenge. Or if you have other ideas tell me. Those were what I could think up at the moment and would be willing to do.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

Who are your favorite builders/makes your favorite guns?

Alright I know there are tons of other contests and things that are similar all relating mainly to skill so I decided to mix it up a little and ask for more opinion than anything. Who are your favorite builders or at least make you favorite guns? They don't have to be the best guns. This means you don't really need to be a knexpert (although your chances increase) to be "nominated". By the way just for the fun of it to show popular builders I'll add one's avatar after they have been "favorited" 5 times or more. ( I know I won't be right away or maybe not at all but I do want this topic to pass through the filter easier) Alright don't be offended if you're not on here it doesn't mean you aren't good in my eyes. In no particular order... Dsman- Well we are sort of friends in a way so I do look forward to what he makes. We are sort of rivals in a way.Extreme Builder- He's got quite a few innovative designs. He is one of the few people I wanted to take the exact mech or gun and make it.I_am_Canadian- I guess I like him more as a person than for his knex but the combination just overall makes him a favorite.Trauts- Another fellow replicator and that's what I'm all about...mostly.Uh I can't think up any others right now so give me a while. I'd like to say I respect all those who used parts or ideas from my guns for theirs ;pBakenbitz- Well he made the mech that inspired EB's full auto mech. He also made the BBKWG which I find a great gun to compete against for highest rating...if my ratings didn't get attacked by jealous people.P.S. There is no limit...well don't go over board. I'd say pick around 4-6. Don't forget to give a reason why.Oh and my name is TheDunkis like The Dunkis. If anything you capitalize the D in Dunkis. You can address me just as Dunkis when you talk to me as I use The just to emphasize that I'm the only Dunkis. But when you mention me in 3rd person use The Lol and there is your long lesson on how to use my name.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

A real challenge for you K'nexperts

I've had this idea for awhile now though I figured I'd save it for myself. I finally decided I don't really feel up to trying to make one myself. I'll let you do that for me. Basically the idea is a "perfect" war weapon. I'm not sure if the idea will be realistically perfect but the idea sounds cool in general so on with the challenge. Basically the point is to incorporate a close range, medium range, and maybe a long range weapon into one compact package. My idea of this is a pump action, repeating shotgun or easy to reload normal mag gun, a bolt action or turret gun, and possibly a slingshot. I have a paint drawing of my design for the concept for you to look at for an example. You are free to use whatever ideas you want though as long as you have a short and medium-long options. I don't care if you have a slingshot as I don't think they'd be super effective but it would be impressive to see you pulling it off. I will be judging the guns personally. Seeing how I don't have the time to build all of them I'll just have to judge them by first impressions so therefore I will be judging on: Looks- It shouldn't look messy. As long as it's rather clean cut I shouldn't mind too much. Size- I want it as compact as possible. I don't care if you have a stock or not as long as it looks good. Efficiency- Kind of similar to size. I want to see how well you can make the gun work. Effectiveness- I'd appreciate a video or otherwise an honest summary of how it performs. I don't care how far the short range gun can shoot as long as you can dish out some heavy fire. If you choose to add a slingshot, it should be tested with rifled rods (finned). I don't care how big the turret is if you choose to use one but chances are I'll only have enough pieces to make an 8 round turret. The one that I like the best I'll build and review in a video. Be warned I'll probably be harsh (but pretty generous as far as this gun goes if you can get the whole thing working) as I use 5/10 as my average base. 10/10 means that it was executed perfectly so don't expect to get one in any category. So who's up for the challenge? C'mon I want to build a gun like this but am too lazy to do it myself lol. You may proceed to look at my crap paint drawing.

Posted by TheDunkis 8 years ago