About a month ago, I finished my first project – a knife. It wasn’t based on anything in particular… I just needed a project to get started, and it had to be something relatively simple – so I went with a basic-shape dagger. I’ll start detailing the project in the following few posts.
This knife project was my first. That means that at the point that I started making my knife, I had no skills and no experience to speak of. I picked a knife because I thought the basic shapes would help me get a first project finished within a reasonable time frame.
The base of the knife came together easily enough, consisting of just four separate pieces of foam: one piece for the blade, one piece for connection bit between the handle and the blade, and two pieces for the handle:
All four pieces started out as rectangles cut from 1 centimeter thick EVA foam. The edge of the knife I free-handed into a shape I thought looked cool. I then beveled the blade’s edges near the hilt a little bit. The connecting piece of the hilt I beveled as well.
For the handle itself I glued two pieces of foam together. At the time I did this, I didn’t have any contact cement (which is what’s most often used to glue foam), so everything was glued together using superglue. I then roughly rounded it with my rotational multi-tool.
I did all of this in about two hours, which was fast for me. And I did it without any plans… in fact, I didn’t even have a computer in my hobby room at that stage yet, so I couldn’t really look up any examples, either. I do believe it worked to my favor — it’s certainly a unique enough shape that one probably wouldn’t easily confuse it for any other iconic blades. I, at least, was really happy with it, even at this early stage. I had something that I could genuinely hold in my hands and faux-stab people with (my father was quite amused).
At the time, I wasn’t sure where I’d go with this next, and it took me a while to figure things out… but keep an eye on this blog. In the next post, I’ll detail the detail work I did next, to add some additional flavor to the project.
Thanks for your continued interest in and support of my journey and my projects!