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Orcrist - The Hobbit

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

For those thinking about visiting the Misty Mountain

Has an old fortune teller predicted that one day you will fall at the hands of an orc? Worry no more! Craft yourself your very own Orcrist and be warned of any impending orc attack.


Major Features

(Mostly) Seamless Inset Design

With the exception of the blade, which was required to be split in two to fit most printers, all of the pieces of this sword fit together in such a way that there are no visible seams. Both the blade and hilt fit into the hand guard, while the pommel slips over the end of the dragon tooth hilt.

Two Part Blade w/ Built in Alignment Peg

As can be seen above, the blade was split in two. An alignment diamond was included to make fitting the two pieces together a much easier task.

Cirth Runes

I had to actually look up the Cirth alphabet to try and match up the runes to what I could see on the sword, and hand model the runes into the filagree.



I end up printing two of these so far. They take less than a day to print each so it was no big deal to print a second after I saw the first one required a little bit of printer tweaking. Similarly, I may have underestimated their size and the size of a dwarves hands so they came out a little small. However, they do make for good single handed swords if you want to dual wield.

As you can see I got as far as sanding some of the primer on one of the blades, so there is still plenty to do.

I did test out some seam hiding methods on these blades. I welded the seam closed using a soldering iron on one and I used Loctite super glue and sanded down the excess on the other. From what I have found..

Sanding down Loctite is better than soldering the two seams together.

Also because I used my delta printer which is set up to print big things quickly, some of the runes look a little questionable. I will probably go back in and inscribe those runes with a solder iron.

Some other projects got in the way of me following through with these swords, but finishing them up should be a quick and fun weekend project I hope to return to sometime soon.


What Next?

If you are looking to create you own models like this one feel free to checkout all of my tutorials on 3D modeling and prop making techniques.

If you are looking to purchase the model so that you can print your own you can find it in the store.

Lastly, make sure to check back in every once in a while to see what I've been working on

Thank you for your time

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