A lifesize prop knife for use at an anime convention, ACen 2010.
About this creation
My good friend Marty is finally going to ACen 2010 with our group, and has decided to cosplay as the character Hei from the anime Darker than Black. Hei has a very particular, oddly-shaped weapon, and so Marty asked me to attempt to build it. Well, here it is.
It's a little larger than I would have liked, but that's mostly due to the arches in the middle of the hilt. As a matter of fact, those arches are the root of every problem with this MOC. Because of the weird offset width, I had to get crazy with the SNOT on this one.
Like its "sibling," the Paine Sword, I built the blade and hilt sideways for durability and ease-of-reconstruction, which allows for it to be twirled around. In the beginning, I had a boat weight placed at the very end of the hilt to aid spinability, but the whole thing's pretty well balanced as it is.
I wish I could have done the angles a little better, a little sharper, but I settled on this shape. A big problem with trying to make an anime weapon is that hand drawings aren't the most reliable reference. I drew most of the shape from this image from the first episode.
If you count the keychain ring (from a Lego keychain), it's completely purist. Oh yeah, this is my first serious build since almost exactly a year ago.
The hilt is three studs wide, while the blade is one.
The old, shorter version of the knife in scale to me.
Absolutely, dude! Nice build- looks very convincing. Seems to be a good scale for convention wear as well. I like the color shift to accent the edges. Have you thought about doing some of the Star Trek bladed weapons? The Klingons and Vulcans have more than a few interesting cutting tools to be rendered...
btw- has anyone ever told you that you resemble Alessandro Nivola? - an English actor, I believe. He had a cool role in a flick called "Laurel Canyon". Anyway, solid build, man. - Huss Q.