November 2013 – Update

Here’s a quick update on current happenings and projects:

  • Our new 3D printer is currently en route. Looks like it will arrive in a week.
  • I’m making new molds for the Skyward Sword hilt, and getting a set of blades machined with a CNC mill. These will be the best ones yet.
  • I’ve had a few requests for designing a scabbard for the Skyward Sword. Design work is 65% complete, materials have been ordered, and the first few will be ready this month.
  • I’ve been investigating aluminium casting, should have a set-up ready for Spring 2014.
  • Fellblade is coming along nicely. I hope to have one ready for the Child’s Play Charity Dinner and Auction.
  • I’ve sourced some references for the First Tsurugi and Dragon Dagger designs – really looking forward to these.
  • There’s also a super top secret project in the works. More news to follow.

A Warrior’s Weapon

For the Bat’leth, I started with a few difference references to get the scale and shape correct.

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The first draft looked like this:

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I showed it off to a fan form for them to tear it apart. They exceeded my expectations, and directed me to an episode of Deep Space 9:

http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/T_FQA19c6LaI (relevant clip at 22:39)

DAX: Computer. I want a Klingon bat’leth, tip to tip one hundred and sixteen centimetres, weight five point three kilos with an exterior handgripping diameter of five centimetres. Blades composite baakonite.

KOLOTH: Ah, a warrior’s configuration. Now what are you going to do with it?

I went back the sketch, increased the size and thickness, and changed the shape to get the weight spot on.

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Then I cut it on the CNC plasma cutter:

 

Here’s the product so far:

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Next up, I’ll want to invent a grinder attachment to make these long edges much safer to grind.

Estimated project completion: November 2013

Website Up!

Website is now up!

Updated Current Projects List – Link

The Legend of Zelda – Master Sword

  • Added New Step-by-step – Link
  • Added New Gallery – Link