Metal Version Rev 2.5 + Sheath
|Blade: 440C stainless steel, hardened, sharpened|
Handle: 6061 aluminium, black anodized
Sheath: 3D printed (SLS) polyamide, spray-painted black
Rev 2.5 incorporates some minor feedback I had for my supplier on Rev 2; the core design remains the same.
This is an extra that I'm considering selling for around $500. It just came in recently and it looks pretty good. Let me know if you're interested in purchasing it.
This is probably the only blade that I'll make available for sale to the general public, and one of only four that I've had made so far.
Note that the tip on this particular blade didn't end up quite as sharp as the other blades I received. It's still very pointy though.
My Shapeways Shop: You can order a Nylon 12 / Polyamide 3D print here - this is my recommended material for the prop version thus far - note that you will need to sand and paint the part yourself which takes some skill. (It seems that recently as of 7/8/2013 Shapeways is starting to refuse to print the actual dagger itself since it looks like a weapon even though they've printed it for me before. You may need to take the model to another printer if you want one.)
My eBay Items: I've currently sold all of the extra prop versions that I had laying around, but if I get additional requests I may get some more to list up here.
Not to be satisfied with other creations I've seen online, I set out to model Hei's dagger from Darker than Black with CAD so that I could have it accurately fabricated for me and easily reproducible.
Here's a rendering of the model I made - I used various screenshots and scans from the series as reference to make it look as authentic as possible. The layouts that Volphin provides on his website were also a big help, though I did not follow them exactly and you can see the profile in my rendering is a bit different.
I am making a prop version that would be safe for bringing to events as well as a battle-ready metal version that Hei himself could use. I've made the prop version an open design and anyone who wants it can download the model in .stl format at my shapeways shop. If you want it in another CAD format shoot me an email and I can export it for you.
The metal version I made more or less exclusively for myself but if there are about 5-10 people that can commit to purchasing I could potentially make a batch order with my machinist.
Please post any thoughts you have in the comments below!