Challenge #919 "The subtle knife" (29/01/21) Entries CLOSED

Theme #919 for Friday 29th of January 2021 is:

The subtle knife

Entry closes on Monday, 22:30 GMT (Mon, Feb 1, 2021 10:30 PM)

How do I post my entry? Here is an Example: (click to open)

Title: Cutting Edge

Please remember to state if your entry is pure, open or non-competing.

“There are two main goals for these contests: Fun and Glory.
Fun: You get only 4 days to create a cool image, based on the theme for the week.
Glory: After 2 days of voting, a winner is declared. The winner picks the theme for next week.”

For details please check out the: CHALLENGE RULES

Btw.: Comments are welcome in both threads (entries/voting). Have fun! :slight_smile:

:smiley: Murder on the dancefloor :rofl:


The subtle knife is a weapon found in “His Dark Materials” it has the ability to cut between different worlds/realities and can kill a god. Just one possible interpretation.

Not calling dibs, just letting you guys know that I’m working on a glass dagger (haven’t read Philip Pullman – Larry Niven, on the other hand . . . ).

@rigoletto there’s a problem with the vid you posted:

screenshot.2021-01-28 11.20.31

What? Where you from?
I am sure one of these should work:

Ah, ok:
I first thought you mean a sneaky and hard to notice murder.

Suzanne’s Glass Dagger

With apologies to Larry Niven’s short story “What Good is a Glass Dagger?”

Pure entry, Cycles render, 64 samples & compositor denoising in 2.91.0. Composition is Golden Sections / Phi Grid, 8x5 aspect ratio. Environment map is sunrise.exr (one of Blender’s included studiolights). Thing I did for this that I’ve never done in Blender before: modeled a dagger (didn’t even use a tutorial).

SuzanneGlassDagger013.blend (2.1 MB)


It can be whatever you want. I just added the comment so people could see all its potential.

Ps. I like and get the video connection :slightly_smiling_face:

Title: Betrayal
Entry: Pure (Eevee)


when your BFF succeed

Entry: Open


Cutting surprise
Pure, eevee, all made in blender, covered my human sculpting skills just under a big poncho and hat with cloth simulation and boots. Used a nice tutorial for the rocks:, and tried to give it an anime look. Maybe i find time to add some moss in the wet front stones and some hair coming out under the hat.


Magic Dagger

Open - the background image is your own photo. I made this in the summer.


It’s crazy guys I think I found a way to create an entire complete world in blender cycles and eeve. :exploding_head::yum::drooling_face::open_mouth::scream:
I had to look at something a minute ago to see if I was right and thus far it looks plausable. :smiling_imp:

Title: Between worlds

Non competing.

Not brilliant, I know. I wasn’t even going to have a go but I have never used the compositer so gave it a whirl.
Amended to show more of the knife and make the window clearer.


Yep, that helped, thx.

“Et tu, Pawn?”

I went with more emphasis on the “subtle” and less on the “knife” part of the title.
Competing pure entry, blender 2.9, cycles.

Now that I look at it, should have maybe added a chess tiled floor for more dramatic effect but sadly I don’t have time for it now. And also more texture on the curtains


In Shadows by the Wall

Open entry once again, 1000 samples. Had a very tough week at the sorting plant. Thursday was just nuts. Need my sanity rest. All assets taken from In the Shadows :: Underneath a Gas Lamp (

speaking of the wall: Kill Everyone - The Wall [Pink Floyd Full Album Cover] - YouTube


"What’s subtle again?"

non competing (pure), Cycles (128 Samples, Adaptive Sampling, Denoising), Blender 2.92.0Beta


title: opening the portal

competing (pure)

1024 samples + denoise

the only thing that is open is the arm in the forground. the arm is from “Make Human” and was posed in blender. the rest is pure.


Default Cube’s Revenge

Non competing, pure
Project I did for Nodevember Day 13- Medieval

Detail here :arrow_down: