This Single-Sheet Origami Knight Took 40 Hours to Make

There’s nothing more admirable—or nerdy!—than dedicating one’s life to perfecting a craft. Finnish origami artist Juho Könkkölä deserves a ton of admiration in this regard as he has 15 years of experience folding paper prettily at the ripe old age of 23. His latest creation, a seven-inch-tall origami knight consisting of a single sheet of paper, is emblematic of his skills. And the creation stands proudly on its own thanks to 41 hours of folding.

An origami knight made of rice paper with a shield and sword stands in front of a pure-black background.

Juho Könkkölä

My Modern Met picked up on Könkkölä’s origami knight, which the artist made from a single, square sheet of paper. Specifically, a 28×28 inch piece of Wenzhou rice paper—material that’s white as alabaster, soft yet firm, and resistant to aging and worms.

In the video above Könkkölä has condensed his 41-hour-long build process into a 20-minute time-lapse. We imagine only the most hardcore folders out there will attentively watch the full video, but even skipping through you get a sense of the task’s difficulty. Without multiple sheets or scissors, Könkkölä somehow manages to bloom the knight’s armor, shield, and sword as if they were all separate pieces.

Like this knight, Könkkölä’s other origami figures cast striking poses and brandish weaponry. Könkkölä has three other figures on his YouTube channel, including an epic, must-see samurai warrior (below). As well as a spearman and a figure from the video game, NieR Replicant.

Of course Juho Könkkölä isn’t the only incredible origami artist throwing down online. Origami artist and YouTuber Tadashi Mori, for example, has creations that undoubtedly rival Könkkölä’s. Mori even has a lineup of videos showing how to make Star Wars origami figures. Speaking of which, we’d love to see Könkkölä try his hand at some sci-fi figures. The artist has a ton of medieval and magical samples on his Instagram, but not a single character with a lightsaber. Although to be fair, Wenzhou rice paper is probably quite flammable.

Feature image: Juho Könkkölä

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