For just about any type of sword (we'll do a katana in this example):
1. Cut off an appropriately long section of frame. Preferrably one that does not have too many intersecting pieces. The
bottom of the weapon-frame is perfect. It should be about 3-4 inches long. .
2. Looking at the piece, you will notice a seam running from end to end. . This seam is where the 'edge' of the blade will
be. . It's important to know which ways are front and back since the blade curves in a particular direction and since the
frame is slightly rectangular.
3. For bending: Boil water. Hold the frame-piece under with metal tongs or a fork for approx 3 mins. Remove from water,
and with a towel protecting fingers, bend the piece into a slight curve. Practice makes perfect here so expect to make mistakes
4. Now you have a curvy piece of plastic. Once it's cool (you can speed it up with cold water), you can start with the
For starters, get the right tools. The very first sword I made used only a pocketknife and sandpaper, so you don't need
all the fancy stuff I use now. These instructions will try to cover both ways of doing it, but I reccomend starting out simple.
1. You need to define where the blade stops. Since we'll use a section of ladder-rung for the grip (and won't need to use
any of the frame you're carving) you'll make a notch far enough from one end to give yourself a decent grip.
2. Blade: Ever whittle wood? No? Um. . I'd like to help, but it's something that needs to be shown. ;)
What we're doing here is carving away the four corners of the frame to give us an octagonal shape when looked at from the
end. The octagon is a lot easier to sand. .
Look closely for those seams I mentioned earlier. They're going to be the front and back of the blade. The sides are what
you're carving at.
Sanding: The shape your going for looks somewhat like this: <>
With the points of the blade being on the seams
of the frame. Sand all the way down to the notch you made for the grip.
Blade-tip: This one isn't too hard. The shape you're going for looks like this: /| With the slanted bit being toward the
front of the blade.
Grip: Don't worry too much about this. Cut off the piece of frame at the notch you made. Make sure it's nice and flat.
Glue an appropriately long section of ladder-rung. For a katana, make it about as long as two Stikfas hands are wide.
And you have it. A Stik-Sword from the plastic frames.
Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect. Mine didn't. . Heh. . Lot's of trial and error will reward you with some awesome
Cheers, and enjoy-