PhyreBlades’ Ultimate Wolverine Claw Reference Guide.

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve realized that, while blade fanatics are not exactly a majority, Wolverine fanatics, like myself, are legion! Some of the most popular posts on this blog have been related to the “who”s, “how”s and “where”s, of buying, (or making), a pair of wrist-mounted, retractable wolverine style claws. Yeah. It’s a mouthful.

Anyway, I though I’d put together a post with all of the pertinent Wolverine claw reference material I’ve come across during my web sojourns in search of the holy grail of all wolverine fanboi memorabilia: the ever elusive pair of wearable, fully automatic, remotely actuated, retractable Wolverine claws. Yes. I am indeed insane. But given the number of X-Men/Wolverine fans out there, I was sure that someone would have put one together.

Alas, No such luck. Apart from a plethora of replica, prop and designer “Wolverine Claws”, there are no commercially available retractable wolverine claws. None. Not One. At least that I have been able to find. Anyone who happens to know different should consider themselves morally, ethically and legally (by Dark Blade Law) obligated to share the juicy details. Or meet your end at the hands of a million ill-tempered gnats. With lasers attached to their freakin’ heads. Or worse. Death by LOLCat.

Anyhoo, until I find out otherwise, Wolverine purists have two options.

  1. Buy replicas of the actual movie prop.
  2. Make a pair on their own.

If you want one that is automatic/retractable, you are stuck with option 2. For those mechanically inclined, mature, dedicated (and brave) enough to attempt it, following is a list of noteworthy Wolverine Claw related links, to help you on your X-Mission, should you choose to accept it (at your own risk, of course). Good Luck!

First, the wannabes (the short list):

Anderson Cutlery Pantera Claw
A pair of brass knuckles with claws attached. Cool.

Anderson Cutlery “Special Edition” Pantera Claws
A Chromed pair of brass knuckles with claws attached. Shiny. Cool.

X-MEN “Wolverine” Claws (Style II)
The poor mans Wolverine claw. Primal. Dark. Mua ha ha… *cough*

Wolverine X-Men Claw (IMHO, perhaps the best wannabe so far…)
A somewhat more generic version of the wolverine claw movie prop design. Classy. Shiny. Cool.

Wolverine X-Men Battle Claw – In Black!
Yet another version of the Wolverine X-Men Claw, (the one described just above), This time in glorious black. OK, so Wolverines claws aren’t supposed to be black. But I happen to love black weapons, so authenticity be condemned to blazes, I like this one better!! Actually neither of them is particularly authentic, so don’t send any hate mail on account of my saying so, or I will pwn you w1t m4 l337 h4xxor sk1llz.

And now, on to the meat and potatoes:

Kris Abel’s Blog: Making Wolverine’s Claws -> Part1, Part2 – Kris Abel interviews the designer of the original Wolverine blades used in the movies. A very interesting read.

eBay -> Wolverine Claws – You can find almost anything on eBay… Almost…

YourProps.com -> Claws1, Claws2 – A great online prop museum with pictures of aluminum replicas of the original Wolverine Claw props used in the movies.

Dragonfyre Designs -> Resin Claw Kit – A talented prop replica maker. Makes resin copies of the original movie wolverine blade prop, in kit form. For those who would like to minimize the possibility of accidentally losing any much needed digits or optical organs this Halloween.

Gary Fixler -> Making Wolverine Claws For Fun And Profit – A site showing how a guy made cheap custom wolverine claw replicas. The materials he used (in particular his aluminum stock) were not the best, but the process is very sound. With some design modifications and better materials, you could use the same process to make some really high quality prop wolverine blade replicas. In fact the next guy did just that.

Nates Wolverine Halloween Costume -> AKA: How To Make Retractable Wolverine Claws – One of my favorite wolverine claw sites. This guy took the whole wolverine claw thing as close to the real thing as I have ever seen. If he would have written a step by step manual of the process with even more pictures, he could have made a killing on eBay…

If I weren’t such a lazy schlub, I might have given the eBay thing it a try. But then again I have the sneakiest of suspicions that, were it actually successful, peeps would start crawling out of the woodwork with “Cease and Desists”… So many haters… So little love…

Anyhoo that is about all I got at the moment. The only thing that I am waiting for (with baited breath I might add), is for someone to integrate some sort of automatic deployment mechanism, perhaps a spring and some sort of trigger, into a set of retractable wolverine claws… So close and yet soooo far….


Making Wolverines Claws – [Kris Abel’s Blog]
Wolverine Claw Auctions – [eBay]
Making Wolverine Claws For Fun And Profit – [Gary Fixler Site]
Aluminum Wolverine Claw Replicas – [YourProps.com]
Resin Wolverine Claw Kit – [Dragonfyre Designs]
Wolverine X-Men Claw – [Red Dragon Sword Co.]

8 Responses to “PhyreBlades’ Ultimate Wolverine Claw Reference Guide.”

  1. August 14, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Wow, great blog post! I never knew there were so many sites devoted to making Wolverine’s awesome claws (with most methods being “not for the faint of heart”)!

    If you or your readers are interested in Wolverine’s leather jacket from his movie appearances (to go along with the claws), then we’ve got just the thing! Check out:


    Keep up the great blogging!

  2. 2 lvx11378
    September 27, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    while Nate clearly has the best looking claws i noticed there was no mention of his using springs to cause the claws to come out or retract…how could one alter Nate’s design to include spring activated/deactivated Wolverine claws without being an engineer? –thnx ;D

  3. September 28, 2007 at 5:13 am

    Although Nates claws do have the basic mechanical ground work for an automatic mechanism, I’m afraid it would require a much deeper knowledge of the mechanics of OTF (Out The Front) switchblade design, safety and locking mechanisms to create a fully automatic version.

    This design just wouldn’t be the best platform to start with for a fully automatic set. You would need to make extensive changes. So, unfortunately, you’re just gonna have to bite the bullet and wait till after you get that engineering degree…

    Sorry! 🙂

  4. 4 RogueIT
    September 19, 2008 at 6:55 am

    How did nate “expose” (for lack of a better word) and retract his claws?


  5. September 21, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Hey Rogue,

    As far as I can tell, Nates claws were gravity claws, for lack of a better word. There were no springs or anything involved, so it would just require a flick of the arm to extend, and then he would have to manually unlock and push them back in…

  6. December 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I just bought the “Claws of Wolverine” prop replica from Windlass Studios their Wolverine claws prop replica is outstanding made from steel and aluminum.

  7. December 8, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Hey Billy cool, I’ll have to take a look at those, thanks…

  8. February 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve found a website of a fan who made wolverine like retractable claws.

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