The Wooden Swordmaking Tutorial - Katana's

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#1 Chiok on 10 years ago

Greetings users of Cosplay.com

My name is Chioky and it is a pleasure to meet all of you. Some of you might have remembered my previous topic about "how to build your own bleach zanpakuto's" however It was my fault that I didnt update it and it fell inactive. Though I had a good reason becuase my previous swordmaking guides lacked indepth detail, pictures and step by step help. With my new and improved swordmaking tutorial you can build realistic wooden katana's all with the cheapest of hand tools and the smallest of spaces. Now im not actually a propmaker I am a swordmaker or a aristan crafstman specialised in woodworking. If you need some assurance of my skills then please feel free to visit my DeviantART page:

[url]www.chioky.deviantart.com[/url]

However wouldnt it be easier to make swords out of an easier to work with materials unlike wood? Wood comes in soft woods and hard woods. Really it would be better to make swords all out of soft wood like strip pine becuase they do not require machine tools. You should only use hard woods if your going to use the swords you make in actual combat. The last time I checked a main concept of cosplay is the imitation of your chosen character. So these swordmaking tutorial will help you build the type of sword catagory named the japanese katana. If you have any questions please feel free to ask via posting in this topic or PM.

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[b]Level 1 Swordmaking: Beginner Level[/b]

Now If you have no knowledge what so ever about woodworking, or how to handle types of tools properly, I advise using the Beginner Level of swordmaking. You will learn how the basic parts of a sword come together.

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[b]Swordmaking Guide: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Guide-Part-1-57271535[/url]

[b]Swordmaking Guide: Part 2 (Planning and Cutting)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Guide-Part-2-60230436[/url]

[b]Swordmaking Guide: Part 3 (Sanding and Painting)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Guide-Part-3-60920259[/url]

[b]Swordmaking Guide: Part 4 (Fixing and Handle Wrapping)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Guide-Part-4-61153616[/url]

[b]Swordmaking Guide: Part 5 (Advanced Skills)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Guide-Part-5-67498190[/url]

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[b]Level 2 Swordmaking: Intermediate Level[/b]

You have familiarised yourself with the basics of swordmaking, so you will learn how to improve the quality of the swords you make. You know how a sword comes together, but you will learn how to make the sword look elegant.

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[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-1-75236042[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 2 (Planning and Drawing)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-2-78732300[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 3 (Cutting out the Sword)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-3-78905179[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 4 (Cutting out the Tsuba)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-4-79326792[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 5 (Sharpening the Sword)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-5-79963214[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 6 (Sculpting the Details)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-6-80504566[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 7 (Painting and Glossing)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-7-81248287[/url]

[b]The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 8 (Constructing the Sword)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-8-81760905[/url]

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[b]Level 3 Swordmaking: Advanced Level[/b]

You have mastered all the basics skills of swordmaking. You will be making a sword with every single component included in the construction. The sword will have a perfect grade quality and will be a truly flawless sword.

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[b]Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 1 (Electrical Tape)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Handle-Wrapping-Level-1-76743201[/url]

Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 2 (Cloth Tape)

[URL]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Handle-Wrapping-Level-2-104092381[/URL]

Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 3 (Double Knot Ribbon)

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Handle-Wrapping-Level-3-105020316[/url]

Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 4 (Ito - Hineri Make Style)

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Handle-Wrapping-Level-4-106018542[/url]

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The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 1

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Scabbard-Tutorial-Part-1-91534766[/url]

The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 2

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Scabbard-Tutorial-Part-2-91945966[/url]

The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 3

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Scabbard-Tutorial-Part-3-92233615[/url]

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[b]Swordmaking Cost Analysis (How much money you should spend)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Swordmaking-Cost-Analysis-109118818[/url]

[b]How to improve the handles of your katana's[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Speed-Swordmaking-Tsuka-106656253[/url]

[b]How to improve the blade of your katana[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-a-perfect-blade-108377077[/url]

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[b]A tutorial on just how to make a Tensa Zangetsu (Bleach)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-a-Tensa-Zangetsu-67715340[/url]

[b]A tutorial on just how to make a Sode No Shirayuki (Bleach)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-Sode-No-Shirayuki-84397961[/url]

[b]A tutorial on just how to make a Benehime (Bleach)[/b]

[url]http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-your-own-Benihime-85717351[/url]

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[b]For literally every other swordmaking tutorial go here:[/b]

[url]http://news.deviantart.com/article/87269/[/url]

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#2 Taig on 10 years ago

LOL , great post :D, good tutorial, also the drawings help a lot.
thank you ^^

#3 captain0marauding on 10 years ago

We meet once again, Mr. C! I love the new thread, and will try to build katanas using it to make you happier to see swordmaking as an art form.

#4 CutelyPsychotic on 10 years ago

:D Wonderful tutorial! I'm looking into working on Kadaj's sword from Advent Children and this could be a very... fun ride.

#5 Chiok on 10 years ago

I havent actually worked out how to make kadaj's sword yet so that it is efficient thats your job then XD

#6 Aaleen on 10 years ago

THXZ SO MUCH i needed to make toshiros for an upcoming cos play that a bunch of my friends are putting on

#7 Nygenx on 10 years ago

Excellent woodworking. There is a lot of detail in your work, often ignored by most cosplayers ^_^. I really appreciate your listing the tsuba designs for each of the characters. It will come in handy when I'm making gin's sword.

#8 Aaleen on 10 years ago

uh cutting out the sword is no longer working plz fix asap THXZ XD

#9 Chipface on 10 years ago

cutting the sword [url]http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/7632/cuttingouttheswordte4.jpg[/url]

#10 Fashwiing on 10 years ago

<3 I think I love you now. I really needed this sudden random finding of all those Bleach zanpakuto Tsuba. Now if I could only figure out how to save this thread indefinitely on a computer several miles away that I have no access to, I would be able to find this again when I get home!

#11 Chiok on 10 years ago

You know my DeviantArt is basically my site which holds all my tutorials XD

#12 Arokka on 10 years ago

Such a lovely tutorial! <3 (and now I want to do every single one of them. :bigcry: )

I was wondering, have you drawn out a tsuba design for Sōgyo no Kotowari, Ukitake's sword? :bashful:

#13 captain0marauding on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=Arokka;2371764]Such a lovely tutorial! <3 (and now I want to do every single one of them. :bigcry: )

I was wondering, have you drawn out a tsuba design for Sōgyo no Kotowari, Ukitake's sword? :bashful:[/QUOTE]

I gave him the tsuba design over msn, but so far he hasn't drawn it out yet. :(

#14 cheshirepanda on 10 years ago

Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?

#15 captain0marauding on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=cheshirepanda;2372464]Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?[/QUOTE]

I doubt it would, seeing as Chiok over there made a Tensa Zangetsu that was 65'' long, close to 6 ft, btw, and it didn't need any reinforcements, all you need to do is probably buy stronger wood so that it doesn't snap.