In this post we’re going to take a look at something new, origami weapons and armour. Believe it or not people have folded everything from swords to guns and a lot of these models are very impressive.

We’ll start off this post with this great paper tank photographed at a convention in South Korea.

Tank by Jang Yong Ik
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/14994774776/

Tank, Designed and Folded by Jang Yong Ik (Photo by origami-M-H-G)

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention book

 

Sebastian Arellano designed a really great origami katana. The katana itself is folded from a single square of paper and the scabbard is also folded from a single square of paper. If you use two coloured paper on the katana itself you get a different colour on the blade and that great pattern on the hilt.

Katana by Sebastian Arellano
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Katana, Designed by Sebastian Arellano and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Crease pattern available from origami.artists.free.fr

 

This is a sea-saw with a peace sign on one side and gun on the other side. It’s based on this cartoon. The whole thing is of course folded from a single square of paper.

Peace > War Folded by Neelesh Kumar
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Peace > War, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Next we have this awesome origami Swiss Army Knife! The whole thing is folded from a single square of paper! The details are fantastic and it has everything from the cork screw to the Swiss cross logo.

Swiss Army Knife by Jun Makawa
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Swiss Army Knife, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #67

 

Here we have a really impressive shield/coat of arms. It’s folded from a single 40cm x 40cm square of paper. You have to use paper with different colours on each side to see the pattern.

Firebird by Kikuchi Masato
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Firebird, Designed by Kikuchi Masato and Folded by Green Paper

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention book

 

Mariano Zavala B. designed this really great origami sword.

Sword by Mariano Zavala B.
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Sword, Designed and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

Morisue Kei has designed what’s probably the most impressive and realistic looking origami gun out there. It’s folded from a single square of paper and if you use two coloured paper you get that different colour on the handle which is a nice touch.

Peacemaker Gun by Morisue Kei
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Peacemaker, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #126

 

This is a great looking Trojan helmet, especially with the gold and red coloured paper.

Trojan Helmet by Cahoonas
Image source: http://cahoonas.deviantart.com/art/Trojan-Helmet-274655748

Trojan Helmet, Designed and Folded by Cahoonas

Crease pattern available from Cahoonas’ DeviantArt account

 

Next we have a paper version of the famous Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. It’s technically a kind of gun so that’s why I’m including it in this post.

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/6023916484/

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is the high-tech Exo-Suit from the movie District 9. There are a lot of really great details in this model and I especially like the claws.

District 9 Exo Suit Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/6794245522/

District 9 Exo Suit, Designed and Folded by Paper in Dream

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another really great paper katana design.

Katana Azul by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/2965558818/

Katana Azul, Designed and Folded by Finward

Photo diagrams available from Finward’s blog

 

Jared Needle designed this really great origami sniper rifle. It’s folded from one square of paper the colour changes in the design are excellent.

Origami Sniper Rifle
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Sniper Rifle, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

Henry Phạm designed an excellent paper version of Captain America’s shield. As you can see the model is somewhat 3D and when you use two coloured paper you get a different colour on the star which looks really nice.

Captain America's Shield by Henry Pham
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Captain America Shield, Designed and Folded by Henry Phạm

Video instructions available from Henry Phạm’s YouTube channel

 

Here’s Jun Maekawa’s excellent Swiss Army Knife again but folded by a different artist this time.

Swiss Army Knife Folded by Adriano Davanzo
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Swiss Army Knife, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #67

 

This has to be the best and most realistic looking version of Kei Morisue’s Peacemaker I’ve seen.

Peacemaker by Morisue Kei and Folded by P. Colman
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Peacemaker, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #126

 

Here’s another really excellent Portal model that I just had to include in this post.

Portal Turret by Cahoonas
Image source: http://cahoonas.deviantart.com/art/Aperture-Science-Sentry-Turret-350682120

Portal Turret, Designed and Folded by Cahoonas

Crease pattern available from Cahoonas’ DeviantArt account

 

Alexander Krupnikov designed this great origami lightsaber. If you fold it big enough like you can see in the photo you can actually use it.

Sword of the Jedi by Alexander Krupnikov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/13285062595/

Sword of the Jedi, Designed and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in COS 2014

 

Here’s a different and also really fantastic origami gun design.

Origami Gun
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Pistol 2, Designed by Vicente Dolz and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Diagrams available in the AEP 2013 Convention book

 

Here’s another piece of armour, an incredibly fancy fantasy helmet. This whole helmet is folded from a single square of paper thats 1.3m x 1.3m and it starts with a regular Frog Base!

Fantasy Helmet by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/6291121824/

Fantasy Helmet, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

This is another really great origami sword. This time it’s a Zanpakuto sword from the anime series Bleach.

Zanpakuto Sword by Agung Mahendra
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/19116188503/

Zanpakuto Sword, Designed by Agung Mahendra and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

This next model is definitely one of the coolest ones I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a Diamondback Rattlesnake with an AR-15 and the whole thing is folded from a single square of paper with no cuts! It took 10-12 hours to fold and if you use two coloured paper like you see here you get some amazing details and colour changes.

Diamondback Rattlesnake with AR-15
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Diamondback Rattlesnake with AR-15, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

If you’ve ever played Final Fantasy VII then you’ll definitely recognize Cloud’s iconic Buster Sword, this time in origami form.

Buster Sword by Tadashi Mori
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/19246619183/

Buster Sword, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori’s YouTube channel

 

Here’s another excellent tank folded out of dollar bills this time.

Dollar Bill Tank by Won Park
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/19701807331/

Tank, Designed by Won Park and Folded by Xun

Diagrams available in Extreme Origami: Transforming Dollar Bills into Priceless Works of Art

 

This is another really excellent Greek-style helmet.

Athenian Helmet by Alexander Kurth
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/15165720469/

Athenian Helmet, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Video instructions available from Alexander Kurth’s YouTube channel

 

Our final model is this absolutely fantastic origami katana. It’s based on Sebastian Arellano’s katana which we saw earlier but it’s been changed a bit to more resemble the sword from the anime Bleach.

Ichigo Kurosaki Bankai by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/10726906094/

Ichigo Kurosaki Bankai, Designed and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

That’s it for this post, let us know which one of these was your favourite in the comments!