Mini Sword

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Intro: Mini Sword

This miniature Braveheart inspired whiskey/martini sword took me about 30 minutes to make.

Tools you need:

1 framing nail
Small brass nail or thick brass or copper wire
Hammer
Anvil
Blowtorch
file
drill with a small drill bit (1/16)
Sandpaper

Here is the beautiful video of the making process.

Step 1: Making a Handle

First we need to make a hole in the nail for the future handle guard. I fixed the nail on the anvil with the clamping wrench and marked the hole with a center punch. When i drilled the hole with an 1/16 drill bit.

Next step is shaping the handle. It's easy to do with an improvised lathe (drill) and a file. After I finished shaping with a file, I polished it with a 250 and 800grid sand paper. It's easier to polish the handle at this stage, while the blade is not flat yet.

Step 2: Shaping the Blade

Now you can try yourself as a real blacksmith, but on a smaller scale. =)

Heat up the nail with a blowtorch and bang it with a hammer on an anvil. Nail is pretty soft than its red hot. If you don't have a blowtorch you can still flatten the nail. All you need is a bigger hammer and more patience.

After initial shaping of the blade on an anvil, I flatten it out with a file.

Step 3: Sharpening

I used a file to setup sharp corners of the blade. Then polish it with the sandpaper 250grid and 800grid.

Step 4: Making a Handle Guard

To make a handle guard we need a small brass nail. Put it through the hole we drilled before and secure it with a few bangs of hammer. Cut the ends with pliers. Brass is very soft metal, you don't need to make it hot to shape. few hits oh a hammer and the handle guards will be flat. Then you can band them and finish them with files and sandpaper.

The more you sand with a high grid sandpaper the more shiny your sword will be.

Step 5: Now You Can Enjoy Your Manly Drink.

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43 Discussions

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DIYmakerGUY

1 year ago

Check out my sword. not bad huh?

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Wolf321

2 years ago

This is awesome! I will build mine soon!

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ToggleSwitch

3 years ago

Where did you get that tiny anvil?!

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Maelstromw

3 years ago on Introduction

You could make a lot of tiny swords and then make the iron throne!

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What song was playing in the background? I want to play it when I drink my highland martini.

Really cool project, it was very enjoyable :)

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little.g.ban

3 years ago on Introduction

Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()()

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little.g.ban

3 years ago on Introduction

Wow... just wow... (AKA THAT WAS A NAIL!?!?!!?(AKA I just voted, and Favorited this project, and followed you.... !)) ()()()()

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oh i need to make this. thanks for the instructable. looks awesome. how fun!!!

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baomien

3 years ago on Introduction

Err Sorry, but why would anyone want to make this?, except for maybe spearing olives in your drink or using it as a finger nail dirt picker.

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my wookiebaomien

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

we got something like this in Alaska, they were designed to be reusable tooth picks

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rob2024

3 years ago on Introduction

Thats the whole nine yards - art, inspiration and craftmanship - brilliant - and the choice of music is spot on too

Rob2024

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wobbler

3 years ago on Introduction

Nicely done. You've definitely nailed it with this Instructable, no screwing around here.