A far from pristine example of this modern melee weapon recovered from a smugglers cache and sold as part of a bulk lot. No Klingon would take this weapon of course, as it would be seen as a symbol of failure as a warrior, but for collectors this has obviously seen action and represents a perfect opportunity to obtain a weapon of a type which does not come to market very often.
I’ve actually made 2 of these as the first was such a hit I was asked to make a second – nice to know!
5mm plywood core between 2 x 4mm eva foam outers. Core provide stability and the EVA will provide the ability to carve damage and wear.
Core is cut to fit inside the blade bevel lines providing a clean delineation and shape template and removing the need to work the wooden edges
Surface sealed with Plasti-Dip with aluminium metallic spray applied until smooth. Edges dulled with silver acrylic applied with brush. A laquer applied over the bright aluminium finish knocked the shine back, but actually gave a nice base for the weathering pass.
Handle simply wrapped in leather, weathered with raw umber wash.
Entire blade weathered with raw umber / mars black wash with a lot of ‘dirt’ left in place. Fullers earth powder used to further age the grip and red bole powder brushed over everything for deeper colouration / patina.
- 4mm EVA Foam
- 5mm plywood – cheap sort from B&Q
- Black Plasti-Dip spray
- WRX Aluminium 902 spray – Amazon link
- Gloss automotive laquer
- Brown leather off-cuts – eBay item
- Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Process Black Acrylic paint
- Fuller Earth powder
- Red Bole pigment powder
- Evolution Jigsaw with fine wood blade
- Heavy craft knife
- Heavy scissors / sheers
- Evo-Stik Impact Adhesive
- CA Glue
- Rotary tool with coarse and medium sanding drums