Thursday, 19 January 2012

How to make a Custom Fit Knuckle Duster

Making a Custom Fit Knuckle Duster - Although this is NOT a tutorial, rather a series of pictures I acquired of the "Making Of" a knuckle duster, it does show the process that is used to make one.
I requested these pictures because I thought it would be interesting to show others the process.

First the materials are sourced, in this case two different sized Aluminium plates or sheets, some self tapping screws and a bit of Walnut wood, the design is then drawn onto the metal using either a marker pen or scratched onto the metal using an awl.
The maker then drills holes in and around the drawn on knuckle duster shape, then using a hammer and flat head screwdriver or chisel the maker hammers between the drill holes to punch out the rough shape.

Then using various files the metal is filed and shaped until it resembles the rough shape of the knuckle duster, the palm rest is then connected using the screws and the wood glued and screwed onto the sides of the knuckle duster, at this stage the edges are still very rough, a small round file is used to round over the edges of the metal and wood to make it comfortable.
All that is required now is for the maker to sand the edges smooth using various sandpapers going from rough to smooth, the metal is then rubbed over with wire wool, and the wood is coloured (using a coloured wax) and then the knuckle duster is polished with Brasso to finish it off.

As you can see from the many entries in this blog this technique produces very nice custom made Brass Knuckles / Knuckle Dusters, using this method it takes the maker about 4-6 hours to produce one Knuckle Duster, however each design may take a longer or shorter time depending the design, materials and thickness. some materials can range from 6mm - 25mm, the materials that can be used range from Metals - Aluminium, Brass, Steel, Copper, to materials like Wood and Plastics, I have seen ones made from Oak, Walnut, Beech, and plywood, as well as Acrylic plastic and Chopping Board Plastic, even Stone and Antler can be used.

I hope you enjoyed this topic, if I can get some more "Making Of" pics I will do more of this type of entry.
(Remember this is NOT a tutorial, so I cannot help with any more details other than that which is included in the pictures and blog itself)

Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think! Thanks.

Also Known as - Бокс (оръжие), Puny americà, Boxer (zbraň), Dyrnau haearn, Knojern, Schlagring, Puño de acero, Puño Americano, Altzairuzko ukabila, Nyrkkirauta, Tirapugni, ナックルダスター, Kastete, Kastet, Buku lima, Boksbeugel, Knokejern, Soco-inglês, Кастет, Boksar (orožje), Knogjärn, Muşta, 鐵蓮花, Knuckle dusters, knuckles,Brass Knuckles, Brass Knucks, Poing Americain, sell, for sale, trade, swap, selling

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