In this mini weapon project I make a really cool miniature gentleman’s walking cane complete with a hidden sword from scrap metal. To give this project a DC comics flavour, I make the Jokers cane and show a previous Penguins walking cane made the same way.
The Penguin and the Jokers walking cane
Firstly I’d like to give credit where it’s due, the inspiration for this build came from Tonys customs profile on Instagram. In amongst some of his other cool stuff, he made a mini walking cane with a hidden blade. It was just so cool I had to have a go myself, but I decided to give it a superhero DC theme. He has all sorts of cool little weapons, go check him out.
How to make a mini cane
The three basic components are an old saw blade, some hard wood and a scrap of metal to shape for a handle. The handle is best made from a soft metal as it’s much easier to shape. Because we need to make the blade thin it really needs to be hard and flexible, so an old saw blade seemed to fit the bill exactly. Always cut slow to avoid excess heat build up as this ruins the steel.
The size of the hidden sword inside is pretty much key to the finished cane size, after some estimation I decided on an overall length of 70mm, 55mm for the blade and 15mm for the tang hidden in the handle sections. The Penguins walking cane is slightly bulkier so I started with a blade width of just under 3mm. For the Jokers cane I wanted it to be a much more slender build, so I used 2.5mm starting point. Of course metal will be lost during shaping and sharpening, but not a lot.
Fridge magnet walking cane
I always like my mini weapons to have a function, one of the best ones for me is to make them into the worlds best fridge magnets, and for that I used small neodymium craft magnets from eBay. This of course means it will stand upright on metal surfaces and allows a custom stand to be made. The stand is simply made from a scrap rectangle of wood cut lengthways with a saw, two small holes are then drilled into it, then sanded, and two more matching craft magnets superglued into the holes with the poles attracting each other.
Walking cane sword sizes
I know sometimes a few measurements help when starting a build, so here you go, ohh, and a diagram of how I made the stand.
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions.