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October 25, 2010
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Nail Katana by singularitycomplex Nail Katana by singularitycomplex
Made from a common household nail that I found in the attic. Hammered it, filed it into shape, and then polished it.

The handle was wrapped with two tones of red thread as follows:
- First I taped (using black electrical tape) the thread down, one in front, one in back.
- I then tightly wound the darker thread over the handle in one direction, followed by the lighter thread over that in the opposite direction.
- Finally I tied the two thread off at the top and snipped the excess.

The tsuba was made from a scrap piece of metal, and was the most work of the entire project:
- The wide slot for the blade was made by hammering two holes side by side using another nail.
- After breaking off as much of the excess metal as i could, I then filed it down to shape and polished it up.
- At this point the tsuba didn't fit snug enough to stay, so I attempted to solder it. Soldering it didn't work, and resulted in me having to file away the residue.
- Eventually I had the idea to use a twist tie wire.
- Threading the wire through the tsuba, it now fit snug enough to stay, the majority of the excess wire was then wound around the base of the blade and the rest around the top of the handle.

Just listed this on ebay, [link]

I'm not asking much, so if you like, feel free to start the bidding.
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zoedow1120 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
applejacks1990 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You could hook an eyepin to it and wear it as a necklace or a keychain:3 It's adorable and kick ass at the same time^_^
Branedeadzero Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
ComX-1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Cute ^^
Not-Think Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is SO COOL.
RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is simply...epic. Possibly the smallest katana ever.
Lalamags Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Aww that's so cool! And it went for such a reasonable price too! I wish I had found this sooner to bid on it. I bet my boyfriend would have loved it for Christmas! Not that I could have taken it on the plane with me to see him... :(
singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Well if you'd like I can relist it as a buy it now, and mail it to wherever you'd like, I'd just like it gone. As the artist who made it I definately appreciate it far less than it should be, lol.
XAssassinoX Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
great job
lyc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
that's so awesomely inventive! :D
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