This instructable is super easy and takes about an hour or so to make but when you've finished you have quite the product. You literally only need two things for this project and they are both household items. This is a great way to recycle old paper such as homework and what not.
There is also a lot of customization that you can add yourself once you've finished your sword.
TO ANYONE OUT THERE WHO HAS ALREADY THOUGHT OF THIS THEN I COMMEND YOU FOR IT. I'M JUST SIMPLY POSTING THIS TUTORIAL FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NOT THOUGHT OF THIS. AND THANKS TO ANYONE HAS POSTED THE FINGER CLAWS TUTORIALS.
Be careful when swinging your sword or dagger, the paper can come loose and fly off.
WARNING!!! ---> These can get dangerous, I'm not kidding. Be careful, they are heavy and leave bruises if struck hard enough. Avoid from stabbing your best friend in the eye with one of these, they really frown on that.
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Step 1: What You Need
Materials you need:
Old homework or plain paper
1 roll of tape
(glue if you want)
I would use masking tape or electrical tape for the handle
As for the glue, if you'd like to make your sword or dagger stronger, heavier, and more stable then I would recommend using a little bit of glue between every piece.
Step 2: Creating the Parts
The first thing you need to make is all the small pieces. You'll need 25 sheets of paper for the blade. What you need to do is create finger claws. There are other instrucables out there on how to make them but for your convenience I'll post the directions to make them.
First select 25 sheets of paper, try to get paper with writing on one side and just plain white on the other.
Just follow the directions in the pics
Step 3: Finishing Up Your Finger Claw
I want to make this part as thorough as possible to avoid any type of confusion. But in reality after you learn how to make these and you come up with a system you should be able to make 2-3 claws a minute.
Lots of steps, sorry
Step 4: Mass Production
Now it's time to make 24 more of those. Or more depending on how large you want this to be.
14 inch blade + 7 inch handle= 21 inch sword
(25 pieces) (about 12 pieces)
(this is what I'll be creating today)
Step 5: Creating the Blade Itself
This is relatively simple now. All you need to do is stick the lengths one into another and repeat until you have used all of the lengths.
Make sure to follow the pictures below for the building steps
Step 6: Making the Handle
Making the handle is a relatively easy part as well. You will only need about 12 to 15 lengths to make a generic handle. But you can add as many as you like to add your own style to the sword or dagger depending on it's purpose.
Steps are below
Step 7: The Assembly of Your Weapon
From here it's pretty self explanatory. Just fit the handle into the blade and make sure it is a tight fit. I suggest glue in all of the lengths or just connecting the handle to the sword. Just don't go crazy with the glue ok.
You have yourself a generic sword made completely out of paper. Be proud
Step 8: Customizing!
A plain old sword won't strike fear into your enemies soul. You must add battle marks and things that make your weapon more durable in a fight. Here is a list of suggestions for customizing...
1. Tape around the handle (Better grip)
2. Construction paper tip (reinforces blade tip)
3. Black sharpie designs around blade (looks awesome)---(avoid sharpie on handle)
4. Coat contact points with light amount of rubber cement (more durable)
5. Make a split that goes into the end of your sword (to make the spilt just fold up some paper into a small knife shape fit it into the handle. When in the heat of battle pull out the split for an upper hand)
6. Tape the entire blade up really tightly to make sure it won't ever come apart.
7. Replace certain lengths with different colored paper
8. Have a long strip of ribbon, string, or rope coming out of the back. Tie some beads on the bad boy or something and let it hang.
9. LEAVE SUGGESTIONS AND I'LL POST THEM!!!