Dark Knight Batarang Hand Forged by Knife Maker

Dark Knight Batarang Hand Forged by Knife Maker

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Knife maker Logan Pearce has created a hand crafted a Batarang based on the ones used in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight films.

Of all of Batman's various weapons and gadgets, there probably aren't any quite as iconic as the simple Batarang. As cool as they are improbable, they're frequently the caped crusader's go-to tool for striking from a distance. Their prominence, in turn, has led more than a few fans to take up the cause of fashioning them in the real world.

Take Logan Pearce, for instance. A professional knife-maker by trade, Pearce recently set himself to the task of forging a real world replica of the Batarang's used by Christian Bale's Batman in the Dark Knight movies. Using a 2-inch piece of 1080 steel he hand-crafted his replica using nothing but a blacksmith forge, a pair of hammers and a grinder. According to Pearce, the process took three days.

"The point of this one was to actually forge a Batarang out by hand," he said. "From the movies, they used a plasma cutter and bench grinder. It didn't really feel hand made. A lot of the curves of the design of this Batarang give me a different ways to show people how to forge metal."

His Batarang, in turn, possesses all the same dangerous qualities as its film and comic counterparts.

"There is a reason most people make them out of card board and plastic," said Pearce. "One is because it's so hard to do accurately from metal and two because they are so dangerous. For this one the harmful parts are the two tips of the wings. They are tapered on both the curves flowing up to the tip and the spine of the wings. There are bevel on each curve, but they are false edges." Pearce has also confirmed that the Batarangs can be thrown as an actual weapon.

With his Dark Knight Batarang completed, Pearce has plans to forge real world replicas of other Bat-weapon from different takes on the franchise. His current project is a handmade rendition of the Batarang from Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Arkham games. He also revealed future plans to make recreations of Robin's wing-ding and Nightwings shurikens. Sadly, while his online store features a variety of custom made knives, he has no intention of selling his Batman-inspired works. His only desire with these projects was to make something "awesome." We feel safe in branding it a mission accomplished.

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This article failed to answer the one question that really matters: Are these Batarangs aerodynamic enough that they can be thrown in a reasonably accurate manner?

Falterfire:
This article failed to answer the one question that really matter: Are these Batarangs aerodynamic enough that they can be thrown in a reasonably accurate manner?

Yeah. I mean, it's cool that they have the look, but part of what makes them cool is that they're throwing weapons shaped like a flying mouse.

Pretty sure Man-at-Arms did these about a year ago and they were fully useable there.

Falterfire:
This article failed to answer the one question that really matters: Are these Batarangs aerodynamic enough that they can be thrown in a reasonably accurate manner?

I'm with you on this one, until we see these getting lobbed at a hunk of beef or some other miscellaneous viscera they can only be considered dangerous hood ornaments. I bet that if these are even balanced enough to posses any level of effectiveness, they will still perform sub-optimally when compared to more traditional thrown weapons.

function > fashion Mr. Wayne

Redryhno:
Pretty sure Man-at-Arms did these about a year ago and they were fully useable there.

Mmm-hmm!

Pearce has confirmed to me that they can be thrown as an actual weapon. I've updated the article to reflect that!

Definitely a cool a portfolio project, but it's not really a TDK-style batarang.

Nolanverse batarangs are basically just bat-symbol shaped shuriken. They're made on a plasma cutter because they're disposable. Batman goes out with a handful on his belt, and when he throws one, it doesn't come back and he doesn't go out of his way to retrieve it. Possibly they even serve double duty as a calling card in being left behind. Their job doesn't physically require them to be forged, so having a CNC torch cut a bunch of blanks which Alfred can easily bevel/sharpen in batches while Batman's out would do just as well.

Also the Nolan batarangs have a smooth all-black finish, even on the bevel. "like the coating on a tactical knife" is pretty clearly the look they were going for.

So he's not making TDK style batarangs (visually or conceptually), he's more or less making comic book style batarangs in the shape of the TDK bat symbol.

 

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