Seth Nightroad's Blade Forks
I was commissioned to make a replicas of Seth Nightroad's blade forks from the series Trinity Blood. Since they are quite large, I decided to make them in parts that could be assembled later.
I made the center ring from 3/4" MDF with a PVC handle. I drilled through the center to allow a 1/4" threaded rod.
Nuts were glued into the ring and then secured with threaded rod.
I made the base from basswood shaped on the lathe.
The rings that make the ball cage were cut from a 3" PVC pipe.
I notched the rings so that they fit together.
The center ball is a wooden post cap that I drilled to allow a 1/4" threaded rod. I covered the threads with aluminum tubing.
I cut slots for the rings in the base cone
The third ring in place.
The base parts glued together. I added a steel screw in the end to protect the wood.
There is a ring of spikes around the top of the base unit. I needed a 5" plastic ring so I found a large PVC connector that I could cut rings from.
I used brass tubes drilled into the wood to support the plastic ring.
The ring was held in place by wood dowels.
The blades were made from 1/4" oak with oak dowels glued to the side for support.
The blade base was shaped from blocks of pine and glued to each side.
The blade support arms were made from 1/2" threaded rod, bent to angle and then glued into the ring handle. Brass tubing covers threads where I could use them, Bondo will cover the rest.
Threaded nuts were inserted into the blade bases.
I lathed some wood cones that form the end of the support arm.
A base for the ring handle was made from pine with threaded inserts.
The completed upper assembly. The spikes on top were made from pine blocks.
The staff section was made from PVC with a wooden dowel inserted to support a threaded rod.
To ensure the safety of those within poking distance, I decided to make the spikes from urethane rubber. After shaping a wooden master, I used clay for a simple push mold.
All the rubber spikes for both weapons!
The rubber spikes glued to the ring handle. A light dusting of the same gold will make it blend in but will remain flexible and non-deadly.
The cage ball was painted with an iridescent red paint and the spikes were glued on.
The completed forks beside a 48" ruler.
Detail of the blades and handle. Rubber washers help keep the sections from loosening.
All the parts disassembled for easy transportation.