Sep 1, 2012, 11:07 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
Well, spent two days looking at daggers...I figure I've seen just about every dagger ever posted online. I learned that a true stiletto is a fixed blade knife and ebay will shut you down after viewing the 10,000th result of a search.
Oh, and that every piece of this dagger is either so far out of production that none can be found anywhere or its an entirely custom prop for the film. So I guess my next step is talk to my knife guy on Monday, see what he thinks.
Sep 1, 2012, 11:44 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
OH and one more thing...
(that reminds me of Columbo)
I took a closer look at this cap, the seams are revealing, yes? One side of the handle has the front of the skull, the other side the back. So I count 4 pieces total.
Sep 2, 2012, 6:03 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
Closest base knife I've found is a russian/soviet army dagger :/ Just remembered Monday is a holiday. Guess I'll wit until Tuesday
Sep 2, 2012, 9:21 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
and hung out with Grace Jones...
Dorian Gray said:
Sep 11, 2012, 8:59 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
I have been interested in this knife since the original movie premiered. I had almost all but forgot about it until this thread came up again.
I am going to bet this was a custom job for production, perhaps using a commercially available kit which is no longer offered, or one which the blade was further ground down to achieve the unique taper and permit knives with varying degress of sharpness as well as balance for the throwing scenes.
Here is one possibility for the base blade, although it may be too wide and not taper as much, still it would make for an impressive knife with the length close to what can be seen in the above images.
Serious Dagger - Hidden Tang - Blade
Regardless, this is the style of blade blank needed to build this knife. Slide on the guard, add epoxy, followed by the handle, then screw down the skull pommel with a dab of loctite. Here is a slightly smaller blade possibility:
World Knives: Linder Special Dagger Blade Blank - Nr. 622015
I have never come across a guard which is angled like the movie knife, so it would need to be custom (just like the skull pommel) and have a recessed cavity to accept the base of the blade for a tight fit.
The handle most likely is a solid cast with the center drilled to accept the hidden tang. Possibly some type of phenolic resin like G-10 molded with the textured grip. This is very popular for many types of knife handles.
Yet, if a functioning knife is not necessary, a cold cast resin with metal powders can produce a very nice display or carefully handled cosplay knife. When I am through with some of my current projects I may just have to give this a try.
If someone does attempt to tackle a functioning blade with a cast skull, I would be interested in more than one knife if the price is right.
Sep 11, 2012, 10:04 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
i guess ill chime in, ive been working with the original dagger maker John Bowring and hes helping me make a completed version.. i have one that ive made already... not bad but hes supposes to walk me through how he did it!
let me post a few pics of what i made already
Sep 11, 2012, 11:22 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
You've gotta be kidding me!?!?
Info from the original knife maker!
How cool is that!?!
I love when a super obscure prop thread results in such awesome results!
Sep 11, 2012, 11:48 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
im at work but tommorrow ill post what i made.. its clse to teh original but not original lol
Sep 11, 2012, 11:58 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Dolph 4 Evah!
Sep 12, 2012, 11:29 AM -
Here is the rough version I have so far
Sep 13, 2012, 8:24 AM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
A great start for the handle! Is the blade steel?
Sep 13, 2012, 4:17 PM -
No it's aluminum but just the temp to make the handle and guard
Oct 30, 2012, 12:50 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
HOLY CRAP *froths* That's so friggin cool...I can't even tell you how cool that is...
Oct 31, 2012, 6:09 PM -
Nov 1, 2012, 1:18 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Thats FANTASTIC news Irish!!!
Nov 1, 2012, 7:13 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
i am in high gear with the kurgan suitcase but the knife is pretty close to making a real world knife... if any one is interested i can do a run on the junkyard
Nov 1, 2012, 7:22 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
I really hope I've got the money when that time comes. Youve got quite a few impressive props under your belt and it would be an honor to have something from you!
Nov 2, 2012, 12:29 AM -
Wow that's a great compliment I'll make sure you can afford it
Jan 8, 2013, 7:09 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Dolph punishes the guilty!
Any Crossbow experts aboard?
Jun 30, 2013, 7:48 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Awesome photo. Never seen it at such high resolution. Anyone find any updates or info on the boots Dolph wears? I'm sure they were customized, but on an existing boot. But I've yet to find any boots that resembles the ones he wears. They look and most likely are a type of Motocross boot but that's just my guess based on the screenshots I have studied.
Jun 30, 2013, 10:58 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
I actually just worked on this today and will be making a short run of these knives soon
Jun 30, 2013, 11:05 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Jun 30, 2013, 11:35 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Cool to see you back on the project!
I'd give the skull another pass though. At the very least I'd push the eye sockets out to the sides a bit more. A little more dimensionality.
Can't wait to see this thing come to life in steel.
Jun 30, 2013, 11:40 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
That's just the cut.. Still has some work l be done...
Jun 30, 2013, 11:51 PM - Re: Punisher 1989 Props - Skull Daggers!
Cool. Just shows you how much I know about metal fabrication.
What did you come up with for the total length of the knife? I still never sat down with photoshop and figured it out.
I can't figure out how the original is put together. Are the grips on the handle just grooved metal plates?
Also were you able to figure out what the "seams" on the skull were from? Did they layer sheets of metal to create it?
Weird visual artifacts.
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