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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
AMAZING!!!
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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^_^
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Branedeadzero Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Awesome!!!
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ComX-1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Cute ^^
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Not-Think Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is SO COOL.
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is simply...epic. Possibly the smallest katana ever.
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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... :(
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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.
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XAssassinoX Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
great job
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lyc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
that's so awesomely inventive! :D
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Hallway-Ninja Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
A mouse Masamune!
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singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Yes, weilded by the mighty Minimoto Musashi!
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Cadmonia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Awesomeness!
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MrSalvador Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Genius, do one of these. [link]
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IssacBlast Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The detail is astounding for such a small piece of work. I'm definitely going to attempt something similar soon. With credit to you of course; it's an amazing idea.

What in your mind clicked to make you think 'nail = katana'?
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singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
It wasn't so much nail = katana at first, it was just nail = sword. I had it in mind to make a small button jointed teddy bear that would be dressed sorta gladiatorish, but I wanted the armor and weapons to be as realistic as possible. I was trying to figure out how I could make a really small realistic sword, and *snap* "nail!" At first I didn't go anywhere with it, having never worked with metal before and thinking that I would need to heat up the metal or something. A few days later I saw a metal sculpture here on dA that was amazingly well crafted, and it had been hammered cold, that's when I thought "I don't need to heat up the metal." I grabbed a hammer and went into the basement, and started hammering on a nail and was surprised by how easily it flattened, the next day I went to the store and bought a couple nails and started working on my first one.
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IssacBlast Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're still going for that Gladiator Bear idea? I'd love to see it if you did.

Any specifics on the kind of nail to be used? Galv, SS, etc.
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singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I haven't really made any progress on the bear, but I do still plan on making it, I'm currently exploring a new found love of metalworking. I really can't say what the best option is since I don't really know what most of my materials are, lol, most of what I use is salvaged. I'd suggest sticking with iron though, steel or otherwise, anything else will probably break after a few strikes of the hammer. If you decide to go the salvage route like me, keep a magnet handy, if you have to touch it to the magnet to get only a slight cling it's probably nickel, and if it's attracted from a distance it's most likly iron; avoid nickel.
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IssacBlast Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay, thanks. I'll keep all of that in mind.
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singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Oh, and if something is rusty it isn't a problem, once you start to hammering it and filing it down that rust will quickly dissappear. Rust is also a good way to be sure that it's iron and not nickel.
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einWolfimSchafspe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist
i dont believe im articulate enough to describe your awsomeness
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