How to Make a Klingon or Fantasy Dagger

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This is a simple card prop dagger based on the Klingon one from Star Trek. It can easily be adapted for other fantasy weapons.

This one will be used as a prop for a stills shoot in the future.

Step 1: Materials and Design


This dagger will be made from card laminated to form the blade and handle.
I'm using 'show card' or 'border matt' card. It's the stuff that is used to frame watercolours and is available in large sheets from an art supply shop.
You could use any high density card that is about 1.5mm (1/16") thick.

You will also need some thin card, some VERY sharp knives, general purpose glue, a steel straight edge or ruler, a cutting mat, some car repair resin and some car repair body filler, and some paints (I use artists and hobby acrylics), a bit of kitchen foil and an old bottle top (screw on plastic type). A pencil.

I began by finding an image of a bladed weapon that I liked. I just browsed the net for one.
Next I roughed out my design on paper, then using the size of my hand as a guide, I started adding some dimensions. I used millimetres but use whatever suits you.

Once I had a rough that I liked, I VERY CAREFULLY drew it out correctly on to some thin card. I drew everything in pencil then outlined the main part in black pen.

This was then carefully cut out using a scalpel to form the main template.

Step 2: Construction of the Blade

Once I had the main template, I transferred the design onto the show card by simply drawing carefully around the outline with a pencil. I cut this piece out and checked it. It will form the central portion of the blade and handle.
Once this was done, I marked and removed material from the main template to allow for the slope on the blade.

I then drew around this new template and cut out two identical pieces from the show card.

These three layers were then glued together using general purpose glue. I have reversed one of the show card pieces so that you can see the black of the smaller side section against the original piece.

The laminated pieces were then placed under a board and heavy items placed on top. This was left for 24 hours to fully set.


Step 3: Construction of the Handle


Once the blade had set, I marked up and removed material from the master template to just leave the handle section. Once again I drew around the template on show card and cut six identical pieces (only 4 are seen here).

Each piece was then coated in glue and laminated to the blade section.

Once all six were in place I again cut down the master template and drew around the lozenge shapes on show card, cut them out and glued them in place. I also drew around, cut out and glued the rectangular and trapezoid shapes and added them to the handle.

I again set this aside to set fully.

Step 4: Strengthening and Sculpting


Once the laminate had hardened off, the next stage is to coat both sides with two coats of car repair resin. Once these have set the dagger will be much stronger and less prone to bending. It will also be waterproof.

Once that had dried I added some car body filler to the edges of the blades and to the handle where there were ridges in the lamination. This was then sanded back and some aluminium kitchen foil strips were glued to the blade edges.

Step 5: Painting and Finishing


Once everything had fully set, I added some base colours. This will help to show up any imperfections that require correcting and give an overall idea of the final dagger.

Next i added a bottle cap to act as the pommel for the handle. This was glued on, then a small self tapping screw was added and the cap filled with car body filler.

Once that had dried I began adding layers of paint using the brush, sponge and dry-brush methods to bring out the details.

..... finished!

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    grodriguez21

    6 years ago

    I accidentally just pressed flag im sooooo sorry :(

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    shurtugal81

    8 years ago on Step 5

    looks awesome! is there any tutorials for this kind of painting? i can't seem to find any

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    marshonshurtugal81

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking of writing an 'ible for this ........ but that would leave me with no secret at all! Lmao!

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    JamesNmarshon

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    check out gamesworkshop.com You have to do some searching through the site, but they have some good tutorials on how to paint miniatures. Most of those painting techniques can be used on things like this as well.

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    ilpugJamesN

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, that is called Drybrushing. It gives great effects.

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    marshonspizman

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    A house insignia? It's not eant to be an actual replica, it's just a prop.

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    ilpugmarshon

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    To be a realistic prop of a Klingon dagger, needs a house insignia, unless authenticity isn't an issue.

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    spizman

    7 years ago on Introduction

    It would be great if you made the two side thingies flip open like they do in the show.

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    shopkeeper19

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Trash or Treasure LLC has just opened a new store selling fantasy knives, swords, daggers, and medieval weapons. We have Samurai swords, Old World Style daggers, Viking helmets, Bascinets and much more. Very unique ideas for the person who loves to collect all things stainless. http://www.trashrtreasure.com

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    marshonshopkeeper19

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'd much rather that you use your own channel, and not mine, to advertise your stuff. Especially since you haven't actually bothered to make a comment.
    Thanks in advance.

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    shopkeeper19marshon

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I am doing a DIY SEO program with a company called Boostability and they instructed me to make a comment on your site. I would not intentionally do anything to upset you. I am new at this and just doing what they tell me to market my site.

    I think that is an exceptional knife and thought that when I first saw the website but I was so worked up about doing my project I did not think to comment first. I am sorry, won't happen again. shopkeeper19

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    marshonjmccleve

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm happy to accept commission work, it's based on the number of hours it takes to make an item, so they can work out expensive.

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    unanonymous

    8 years ago on Introduction

    it doesnt really look klingon, but more lkike the dagger/sword from thundercats(cant remember the name)