Saturday, 11 February 2012

How to make a Knuckle Duster

Making a "Attitude Adjuster" 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 a solid 22mm Aluminium plate or sheet, 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, at this stage the edges are still very rough, a small round file is used to round over the edges and 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, it is then rubbed over with wire wool and then polished with Brasso.

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


  1. Thanks for the pics and the process!! I really enjoy your blog!

  2. Hey man, Ivo Checking in :)))

  3. Those are pretty sick. You should check out our website. We're a brand new company called American Made Knuckles. You can find us at We just added a blog but we're still working on it at I'm curious to see what you think about our brass knuckles on our website.

  4. Your brass knuckles are good, inspired me to try and make my own. I'll let you know if I ever get round to making one or a set. Thank you, and following; great blog.

  5. Can you make a tutorial, for a first time try.