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-Make Orcrist from Lord of the Rings -
- Thorin's Sword -


This is a tutorial on how to make Orcrist from Lord of the rings. That is the elven forged sword that Thorin Oakenshield wields.

Fun project and easy to make. I give you the template that you can download and print up which makes it very easy to make. You don't need a lot of supplies to make this sword. It is an easy first project if you never made any of my projects before. If you have made my projects then this one is going to be a breeze and it comes out great.

I also have a video tutorial on how to make this sword at the bottom of this page.

The template is here





The template picture

Note that the template has some really nice drawings in it that will help you a lot with making this sword.

Things needed for this project:

  • The template is here
  • 1 sheet of foamboard or cardboard
  • Paint
  • Scissors and a hobby or xacto knife
  • Paint (Black, brown, silver)
  • White Glue
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Clear Sealant -spray on or brush on (optional)

Note from Will: The Template and the tutorial are both absolutely free! But would you consider a donation of $1 to support my work? Paypal makes it very easy and safe. Click here to donate $1 - Every little bit helps Will to keep making great tutorials and templates. Thanks!


Cut out the template pieces

Print up the template and cut out the pieces.


Tape the blade halves together

The blade is made up of two halves so tape together those two template pieces.


Trace onto foamboard or cardboard

Lay those pieces on foamboard and trace them all.


the template pieces

Here are the eight pieces. Go ahead and cut those pieces out.


Start the handle assembly

Ok! Let's go ahead and assemble the handle. There are a few pieces and I will take you through the steps.

Lay down one of the large handle pieces and apply some glue to it. Then set the slotted handle piece right on top of it. Just like you see here in the picture. Plain old white glue is good for this.

Handle assembly 3

Go ahead and glue the third handle piece right on top of that stack.


The slot in the handle

Now you can see there is a slot in the front end of this assembly. The sword blade will later slide right into this.


Draw trim lines

Ok, we are going to add some shape and curve to the handle. We will do this in a couple of steps. First take a pencil and draw lines on the handle like this. One on each side. Flip it over and draw the two lines on the other side of the handle too. We are going to trim these edges of the handle.


Trim the edge

Holding the knife at an angle go ahead and trim those edges right off just like you see here. This rounds out the handle a bit.


Do the same thing for the tang at the very end of the handle.


handle ornamentation

Now add some lines like this down the middle of the handle. Go the full length of the part where you would hold it. Use a pen for this but also go over it with a sharp knife to give those crescent shapes some depth.


Handle assembly 6

Now add the pommel and guard extra layers. Do this on both sides of the sword. They complete the handle assembly.

Handle assembly 8

ok, Now shade the edges of the guard and pommel pieces that you just added to the handle and trim those edges with a knife just like you did earlier on the handle.


Next Ok, let's finish off this sword!



Foam board

Elmer's Acid-Free Foam Boards, 20 x 30 Inches, 3/16-Inch Thick, Bright White, 2-Count (902015)

If you are looking for high quality, archive quality or you are looking for a backing for photographs you should use an acid free foam board It is more expensive per sheet though.



United Cutlery UC2928 Orcrist Thorin Oakenshield Sword

The sword is 38 3/4-Inchlong and features a stainless steel blade with an etched runic inscription. The hilt is crafted with solid metal parts, simulated gem stones, and an acrylic resin grip cast from the original prop. It is presented with a wood wall display and includes a certificate of authenticity.


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