I've been trying to recreate some props from LOTR. Legolas, one of the elves, has a really awesome knife that I thought I could try to make a replica of.
Here is the knife I made, using this tutorial for a starting point.
I made the little sheath to match as well. No worries--the knife is really, really dull and thin metal.
The designs on the blade and handle were painted on with some gold stencil paint I had on hand. The paint is beautiful, however I ran into quite a few problems with it. I painted it on one morning and then left it to dry. Next morning: Still wet. It refused to dry, it rubbed off if anything touched it--it was SUCH a pain! Thankfully, mod podge came to the rescue. A thin layer over everything and it was fine! Phew!
Have a fabulous day!