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Chiok
11-02-2007, 04:27 PM
Hello ^^

I am Chiok aka Chioky the Swordmaker known from:

www.chioky.deviantart.com

I make wooden swords and I am currently making Replica Bleach Zanpakuto's it is what im famous for on Deviantart. If you want an example to see how good of a swordmaker I am click the link below for:

Kisuke Urahara: Benehime (Crimsom Princess)

-------->http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Bleach-Benihime-60684721<--------

Okey right to the nitty gritty I am trying to teach as many people as possible about swordmaking. Why? becuase most people like cosplayers want to make an excellent prop like a katana but lack the neccessary imformation to do so. Im tying to make that a thing of the past by supplying as much imformation as possible. The more people know about swordmaking the more people realise its an amazing thing to do.

Now I am teaching you how to make High Quality and Realistic wooden katana's. Now im sure most cosplayers wont the best prop possible to match their costume im here to make that link. For me wooden katana's are the best to work with I mean they last alot longer then any cardboard and plastic. And they are alot safer then any factory made steel katana. Wooden Swords are the balence between artistic beauty and safety.

Now unfortunetly I have made all my guides on deviantart. Im sure most of you frown upon people linking to their deviantart deviations. However Im simply trying to teach people how to make katana's I am not in this for the publicity. Use this imformation as you see fit and just click the link and read to your hearts adore. Do not hesitate to answer questions.

Swordmaking Guide: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment):

This is the first guide I have outlined all the neccessary tools and equipment you will need to successfully make a wooden replica katana. As you can see they are all basic hand tools except the power drill. This is to show my method of swordmaking is most cost worthy and alot safer then any power tools. Safety, check, low price, check what you waiting for?

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 2 (Planning and Cutting):

In this second guide you will be learning how to accurately draw up your chosen replica katana for your cosplay. Then you will learn how to draw it all on the wood successfully then once complete I will teach you how to carefully cut out everything with a saw.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 3 (Sanding and Painting):

I this third guide im teaching you how the seed called wooden sword that you have just cut out will bloom into a beautifull smooth sword once you sand everything down. Then I shall teach you how to paint accordingly though Im sure everybody knows how to paint anyway.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 4 (Fixing and Handle Wrapping):

In the final guide im teaching you how to fix the handles onto your katana and constructing a hilt fully putting together your katana. Then I shall teach you my method of tsuka which is pretty crap and waiting to be uploaded. If you follow all these steps you should achieve making a decent katana.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 5 (Advanced Skills):

This is an updated skills swordmaking guide which you can use in conjunction with the first 4 swordmaking guides to ahieve an even higher quality and realism in your katana's. Though the skills here are a step up from begginner but its worth it for perfection.

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

If you want a guide on just how to make tensa zangetsu then read this:

This entire guide can teach you how to make your own tensa zangetsu from the first design to wrapping the handle of the katana. For all you bankai ichigo cosplayers this should be beneficial to you unless you would rather fork out loads of money for a metal version ignoring safety.

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

Drawing a Basic Katana Design:

This guide will teach you how to draw the perfect katana design onto a piece of wood ready to be cut out. This does not teach you how to make a katana only how you draw one out. Yes I know its from swordmaking part 5 advanced skills but this looks better neh?

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-a-Basic-Katana-Design-73525113

These next 7 guides are reference technical drawings of 14 different zanpakuto guards for katana's. I assure you the measurments and design closely match the counterparts in the anime and manga of bleach. You simply copy and paste the deviation, print it, then cut it out, then stick it onto the wood ready for cutting it out, half the work done already.

Tensa Zangetsu and Sode No Shirayuki Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-1-72171606

Benihime and Shinso's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-2-72337808

Senbonzakura's and Kyoko Suigetsu's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-3-72497257

Suzimushi and Hyorinmaru Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-4-72640683

Pantera and Ulquiorra's Tsuba's

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-5-73184758

Gamuza and Shinji's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-6-73362466

Heinoko's and Wabisuke Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-7-73703013

Chipface
11-03-2007, 04:34 AM
The swords in your gallery are really good. This is definately going to be helpful when I make Grimmjow's zanpakuto. This tutorial should be added to the tutorial list.

Chipface
11-03-2007, 05:35 AM
And I've got a question. On average, how long does it take to make a sword?

Chiok
11-03-2007, 01:20 PM
It can take anywhere up to between 1 to 2 weeks to make a sword ^^

hitsugaya/sora
11-04-2007, 02:26 PM
can u post a tutorial on how 2 make Hitsugaya's sword with the green sash? I need the sword 2 finish my cosplay. also do u know how 2 make a sheath 4 the sword?

Chipface
11-05-2007, 03:54 AM
You could just make the sheath out of cardboard, featherweight shows how to do it in the cardboard katana tutorial.

ITouchedYusuke
11-05-2007, 06:19 PM
you should take commissions... lawl.
you can make bank off these. lol!!

Chappy Rukia
11-05-2007, 07:25 PM
I agree with ITouched, you'd make such a killing with all those great Zanpakuto's in your gallery

natnoj
11-06-2007, 03:45 AM
He said he was selling due to space constraints on his DA account, lets hope so XD

Chipface
11-06-2007, 06:10 AM
I've got another question Chiok, the thickness of the wood you make these swords with, is it 1/4 inch?

Sujun
11-08-2007, 10:07 PM
Hi it's going to be my first time cosplaying and i want to cosplay as Rukia with her shikai, Sode no Shirayuki, do you have a sword instruction tutorial for all those extra parts, (including how to make the guard pattern) on the sword? Please reply

Chiok
11-12-2007, 03:34 PM
Wah so sorry I have been inactive XD I'll try to answer all your questions:

Histugaya/Sora: I actually dont know how to make a sheath or a proper wooden sheath im afraid sorry XD

Chipface: Im more of a woodworker then a prop maker so I aim to make wooden sheaths XD

ITouchedYasuke: Ive sold one sword for £100 and soon to be another for £110 I plan to sell more XD

Chappy Rukia: Selling them isnt easy with conversion rates most buyers are from USA >.>

natnoj: That is true they take up too much space and I just keep making more so they have to go XD

Chipface: The thicnkness of the wood is 0.5cm or 5mm

Sujun: If you email me I can give you a proper explanation when the time comes to it XD

lightrunner
11-12-2007, 03:49 PM
how much is 100yen ((is that what that symbol is?)) in American dollars

saberslash
11-12-2007, 04:37 PM
how much is 100yen ((is that what that symbol is?)) in American dollars

I believe thats the symbol for the British Pound. If such then those prices (using yahoo's current conversion rate) $205.4848 and $226.0333 respectively.

Chipface
11-12-2007, 07:07 PM
Chiok, if you need to convert the currency, http://www.x-rates.com is your friend. That's the one I use.

Chiok
11-13-2007, 02:58 PM
Wah I know how to convert money Ive sold swords before XD I live in the UK so it is only natural that I would use the countries currency which is UK pounds. £ = UK British Pounds

Beryl
11-14-2007, 02:51 PM
Just to point out, the first image link in the original post is just a thumbnail. To get the original size, just remove the ".th" part near the end, like so:
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/850/whitetensazangetsuob4.jpg

Hey, impressive!

I've been looking for a while for a way to create an edge on a blade that is easily controlled, and I think this is right up my alley. While a power sander might work well for many swords, some weapons (a lot of keyblades come to mind) require very careful beveling, and I think that your method is a good way to do it. What kind of files are they? Are they designed for woodworking? Where can I get some?

I think I may have had a few more questions at one point, but your guide is so well-written and informative, most of my questions have already been answered. Great job!

treble
11-14-2007, 05:46 PM
Hi guys. I saw this thread. AWESOME SWORDS!!!!XD

I just have a couple of questions:

1.Chiok, I know that you said the the thickness of the wood is 0.5cm or 5mm. Is that the only thickness you use or do you use different thicknesses for like the hilt and stuff?

2.In part one of your tutorial: How is each individual materials? Total? Also (I know this is stupid asking this) is that metal ruler in inches?

3. In part two of your: What are the measurements when you drew the blade and hilt? How much of a curve did you use for the blade?

4.In part three: What angle and deepness did you file the blade? (Another stupid question) Did you stop at a point on the blade or did you file the whole blade? On #14, what's the size of that little thing around the base of the blade? When you made the hilt, what measurements where the two pieces?

5.In part four: Whats the size of that thing on the end of the handle? What measurements did you use when you did the ribbon pattern around the handle?

6.In part five: Basically what measurements did you use for the overall section here?

7.In the how to make a Tensa Zangetsu: Same question I asked about part five.

Sorry if I asked too many questions, Im just a perfectionist. Im currently working on my own project at the moment (see Making armor out of unconventional materials (hope it works) thread), but I wanna do something like this on the side for fun. Hope to here from ya.

Chiok
11-15-2007, 04:14 PM
Hi guys. I saw this thread. AWESOME SWORDS!!!!XD

I just have a couple of questions:

1.Chiok, I know that you said the the thickness of the wood is 0.5cm or 5mm. Is that the only thickness you use or do you use different thicknesses for like the hilt and stuff?

I dont use ANY other thickness

2.In part one of your tutorial: How is each individual materials? Total? Also (I know this is stupid asking this) is that metal ruler in inches?

The measurements I use is inches however I used Centimetres for the guard

3. In part two of your: What are the measurements when you drew the blade and hilt? How much of a curve did you use for the blade?

the curve bends 9cm which is the width of the wood. The blade is 30 inches and the handle is 10 inches

4.In part three: What angle and deepness did you file the blade? (Another stupid question) Did you stop at a point on the blade or did you file the whole blade? On #14, what's the size of that little thing around the base of the blade? When you made the hilt, what measurements where the two pieces?

Hmm... Lets just say you keep sharpening until its a hair strand thick even on both sides. I stop filing at point 14. On point 14 its 2cm long and over 3 cm wide. The hilt 10 inches by 3cm

5.In part four: Whats the size of that thing on the end of the handle? What measurements did you use when you did the ribbon pattern around the handle?

The thing on the handle is the hilt which is 3cm by 2.5cm. The ribbon is about a cm in width

6.In part five: Basically what measurements did you use for the overall section here?

Its the same measurements 30 inches blade 10 inches handle 3 cm wide

7.In the how to make a Tensa Zangetsu: Same question I asked about part five.

50 inches of blade 15 inches of handle 3.5cm wide

Sorry if I asked too many questions, Im just a perfectionist. Im currently working on my own project at the moment (see Making armor out of unconventional materials (hope it works) thread), but I wanna do something like this on the side for fun. Hope to here from ya.

[b]I have never been asked so many questions before XD

Just to point out, the first image link in the original post is just a thumbnail. To get the original size, just remove the ".th" part near the end, like so:
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/850/whitetensazangetsuob4.jpg

Hey, impressive!

I've been looking for a while for a way to create an edge on a blade that is easily controlled, and I think this is right up my alley. While a power sander might work well for many swords, some weapons (a lot of keyblades come to mind) require very careful beveling, and I think that your method is a good way to do it. What kind of files are they? Are they designed for woodworking? Where can I get some?

I think I may have had a few more questions at one point, but your guide is so well-written and informative, most of my questions have already been answered. Great job!

A power sander is for people with no patience its cheating for me XD. I never used a power sander before all you need is a good file. The files I bought are normal metal files which I used for wood to get a smoother sand. They can be used for woodworking and I bought the cheapest at a convience store in the tools section.

Im glad ive answered most of your questions and that most are already covered XD. Unlike the perfectionist above XD

treble
11-15-2007, 07:25 PM
Hey, check this paint out: http://www.rexart.com/folkart.html

I heard it's really good, and it doesnt scratch off.

Chiok
11-16-2007, 03:54 PM
OMG that paint is the sex XD

MachinaPrincess
11-23-2007, 03:09 PM
yeah folkart paint is pretty good and its not extremely expensive. ^_^

Swiftblade
11-24-2007, 03:31 AM
Do you have a guide on how to make the first sage release of Zangetsu? The non Bankai one. I plan on making this and I need as much help as I can get.

Chipface
11-24-2007, 02:33 PM
Swiftblade, just get a big enough sheet of pine and cut the shape out. I would recommend using power tools if you can. As for the edge, use a planer(I used an electric one). Just keep planing until you get the results you like. Don't worry, it doesn't need to be smooth. I suppose you could just use a file if you don't have a planer.

Now for bevelling. With a power sander, get a very coarse grit sandpaper and sand the hell out of the edge you just planed until you get a nice bevel. The edge may be pretty sharp, it wouldn't be bad idea to dull it a bit.

After you're satisfied with the bevel get a medium to fine grit sandpaper and sand until smooth. Before painting, I managed to get the sword done within 4 hours.

For measurements? I would recommend making it to scale. For example, I'm about 5'5" and made it 65 inches. For the handle, I made it the length of my forearm.

After done priming and painting, get some nylon ribbon and fabric glue. First, cut a long strip of it and tie a knot at the end with enough sticking out so you can glue it onto the end of the handle. Let it dry.

Now for wrapping the handle. Take the nylon ribbon and glue an end of it to the end of the handle you decide to start from. Once you get to the other end, cut any excess ribbon and glue that bit on. For extra hold, you can always put a little bit of glue under the wrap on the rest of the handle.

In the end, my zanpakutou weighed less than 5 pounds.

noobsdesire
11-26-2007, 08:12 AM
Well, I'm aiming to make Uchiha Sasuke's kusanagi, but fot the I'd need to make the sheath,

have you ever tried making a sheath? And did it work? I need it for London Expo in May.

Chiok
11-30-2007, 03:01 AM
Sorry I have never made a sheath its not my area of expertise

Chipface
11-30-2007, 04:35 AM
Well, I'm aiming to make Uchiha Sasuke's kusanagi, but fot the I'd need to make the sheath,

have you ever tried making a sheath? And did it work? I need it for London Expo in May.

I suppose you could make the sheath out of wonderflex.

Klueze
12-06-2007, 01:43 AM
i buying a Tenza Zangetsu n a ZaBimaru in perfect condition n with paints on . im living in Singapore . If u r interested in selling , reply me with the price or can add me at i-n0w@hotmail.com . Thanks Alot~!

Chiok
12-10-2007, 12:51 PM
This topic is a tutorial not an advertising center

treble
12-28-2007, 05:25 PM
I know that I asked you about the thickness, but are you sure that you use just .5 cm or 5 mm for all the parts of the sword? Itís really thin from what I measured (about a quarter thick). I tried making the handle and it seems a little thinner than what your pics look and describe. They look alot thicker. Also, my dad owns a cabinet shop and he made the blade using a table saw with a 45 degree angle. It look exactly like yours. Is there a difference between your filing method and what my dad did (other than what i did was cheating.lol)? Lastly, how big and long of pvc did you use to create that awesome curve.

Chiok
01-01-2008, 06:14 PM
So did you recieve my reply? XD

SoulReaper898
01-06-2008, 07:08 PM
I tried the tutorial and i think that 3 cm wide is too skinny

Chiok
01-07-2008, 02:09 PM
You can pick up ANY katana and I can gaurentee you that they fall in the 3cm width catagory. 4cm is not a katana and 3.5 should be the maximum. It may appear too skiny I get that alot but I assure you when its completely finished you accept the truth,

Beryl
01-07-2008, 02:52 PM
Don't forget, these are supposed to be blades. The thinner they are, the better they pass through flesh. Were it feasible to do so, a blade that was one molecule thick would be a damn fine cutting instrument. However, to maintain strength and rigidity, some amount of thickness is required. 3cm seems reasonable in this light.

If you're going for realism, 3mm looks good. If you're trying to match anime/manga style, go thicker if you want. Do what looks right. :D

Chiok
01-07-2008, 03:08 PM
Okey guys I have updated the first page with my latest swordmaking guides to help you all for the 2008 cosplay cons.

Hello ^^

I am Chiok aka Chioky the Swordmaker known from:

www.chioky.deviantart.com

I make wooden swords and I am currently making Replica Bleach Zanpakuto's it is what im famous for on Deviantart. If you want an example to see how good of a swordmaker I am click the link below for:

Kisuke Urahara: Benehime (Crimsom Princess)

-------->http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Bleach-Benihime-60684721<--------

Okey right to the nitty gritty I am trying to teach as many people as possible about swordmaking. Why? becuase most people like cosplayers want to make an excellent prop like a katana but lack the neccessary imformation to do so. Im tying to make that a thing of the past by supplying as much imformation as possible. The more people know about swordmaking the more people realise its an amazing thing to do.

Now I am teaching you how to make High Quality and Realistic wooden katana's. Now im sure most cosplayers wont the best prop possible to match their costume im here to make that link. For me wooden katana's are the best to work with I mean they last alot longer then any cardboard and plastic. And they are alot safer then any factory made steel katana. Wooden Swords are the balence between artistic beauty and safety.

Now unfortunetly I have made all my guides on deviantart. Im sure most of you frown upon people linking to their deviantart deviations. However Im simply trying to teach people how to make katana's I am not in this for the publicity. Use this imformation as you see fit and just click the link and read to your hearts adore. Do not hesitate to answer questions.

Swordmaking Guide: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment):

This is the first guide I have outlined all the neccessary tools and equipment you will need to successfully make a wooden replica katana. As you can see they are all basic hand tools except the power drill. This is to show my method of swordmaking is most cost worthy and alot safer then any power tools. Safety, check, low price, check what you waiting for?

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 2 (Planning and Cutting):

In this second guide you will be learning how to accurately draw up your chosen replica katana for your cosplay. Then you will learn how to draw it all on the wood successfully then once complete I will teach you how to carefully cut out everything with a saw.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 3 (Sanding and Painting):

I this third guide im teaching you how the seed called wooden sword that you have just cut out will bloom into a beautifull smooth sword once you sand everything down. Then I shall teach you how to paint accordingly though Im sure everybody knows how to paint anyway.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 4 (Fixing and Handle Wrapping):

In the final guide im teaching you how to fix the handles onto your katana and constructing a hilt fully putting together your katana. Then I shall teach you my method of tsuka which is pretty crap and waiting to be uploaded. If you follow all these steps you should achieve making a decent katana.

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 5 (Advanced Skills):

This is an updated skills swordmaking guide which you can use in conjunction with the first 4 swordmaking guides to ahieve an even higher quality and realism in your katana's. Though the skills here are a step up from begginner but its worth it for perfection.

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

If you want a guide on just how to make tensa zangetsu then read this:

This entire guide can teach you how to make your own tensa zangetsu from the first design to wrapping the handle of the katana. For all you bankai ichigo cosplayers this should be beneficial to you unless you would rather fork out loads of money for a metal version ignoring safety.

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

Drawing a Basic Katana Design:

This guide will teach you how to draw the perfect katana design onto a piece of wood ready to be cut out. This does not teach you how to make a katana only how you draw one out. Yes I know its from swordmaking part 5 advanced skills but this looks better neh?

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-a-Basic-Katana-Design-73525113

These next 7 guides are reference technical drawings of 14 different zanpakuto guards for katana's. I assure you the measurments and design closely match the counterparts in the anime and manga of bleach. You simply copy and paste the deviation, print it, then cut it out, then stick it onto the wood ready for cutting it out, half the work done already.

Tensa Zangetsu and Sode No Shirayuki Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-1-72171606

Benihime and Shinso's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-2-72337808

Senbonzakura's and Kyoko Suigetsu's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-3-72497257

Suzimushi and Hyorinmaru Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-4-72640683

Pantera and Ulquiorra's Tsuba's

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-5-73184758

Gamuza and Shinji's Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-6-73362466

Heinoko's and Wabisuke Tsuba's:

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/Zanpakuto-Guard-Designs-Pt-7-73703013

Chipface
01-08-2008, 01:10 AM
Ooooh, you added a design for Pantera's guard. This is really gonna help me out when I make Pantera. Seriously, you should get your tutorial put on the tutorial list.

xbloodxrosex
01-08-2008, 04:06 PM
Thanks so much for posting this! I kind of want to make one just for the fun of it! I was just wondering though, do you have any tips for making Zabimaru?

Chiok
01-10-2008, 11:32 AM
Chipface: It said somthing about only completed tutorials and no planning to make more. I plan to make more so its not completed XD

xbloodxrosex: I have no idea how to make zabimaru im afraid T.T though making swords for fun is the way to go XD

Wren
01-11-2008, 04:08 PM
Any suggestions on making Katen Kyōkotsu?

fightstar
01-17-2008, 01:03 PM
Impressive post!

skellum
01-17-2008, 10:12 PM
Very excellent tutorial Chiok. I plan on cosplaying Aizen and will probably use this to make Kyoko Suigetsu. Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to post how you make these it shall make me life that much easier.

Anti-Chlorine
01-19-2008, 01:07 AM
Could I get the guard for Captain Aizen? When he was an actual captian that is. Its hard to tell but I think he changed it in Huco but that may be me being a loon. Anyways I'd greatly appreciate it.

skellum
01-19-2008, 10:10 AM
Chlorine: its on the quoted post labeled Senbonzakura's and Kyoko Suigetsu's Tsuba's. I'm also making Aizens Kyoko Suigetsu and no it doesn't change I don't think.

Chiok
01-23-2008, 01:09 PM
Any suggestions on making Katen Kyōkotsu?

I simply advise drawing out the sword on a sheet of MDF and cutting it very slowly with a coping saw XD

spinmaster561
01-24-2008, 12:21 PM
A friend of mine is planin to cosplay as zaraki kenpachi, any tips on how to make his zanpakuto?

captain0marauding
01-24-2008, 02:05 PM
Well, the blade's hilt is strangely shaped. Search Kenpachi or something in the advanced search title bit, and there is a thread on it. The blade is actually both chipped and serrated.

Chiok
02-05-2008, 06:27 PM
Does anybody continue to use this? Becuase if nobody is using this I can stop updating it

Chipface
02-06-2008, 01:09 AM
I haven't used it yet. I'm waiting until the weather gets nicer here to make mine. I noticed your Pantera on deviantart is done now. I'm just wondering what kind of paint you used for the final coat.

captain0marauding
02-06-2008, 06:26 PM
Well, I still use this thread as a resource. As well as deviantart. I'm captain0marauding on it. But I want to make Ichigo's unreleased sword from bleach now, and I don't know what the dimesions should be. :(

Chipface
02-07-2008, 12:17 AM
I would make it to scale. I have an action of him with the unreleased one and the sword looks like it would be maybe 2 or 3 inches taller than him. The width of the blade, I'd say make it about 5 or 6 inches. And the hilt, I'd say make it as big as your forearm.

captain0marauding
02-07-2008, 10:20 PM
I made it about past 18 cm long in length. Somewhere like 24 cm or something. About 2.5 of my hands. Thanks!

xbloodxrosex
02-08-2008, 08:11 PM
One other question, how durable are these swords when you finish them? What is their typical con duration? (sorry if you have answered this is previous posts >_<)

captain0marauding
02-08-2008, 08:58 PM
I believe he said that they last a long time, as long as the wood doesn't rot.

Chiok
02-09-2008, 06:19 PM
technically the swords I make are replica's and their only purpose is too look exactly the same from its source. Which is perfect for cosplaying. The sword if you leave it alone wont rot, its just the noteable difference would be the loosening of the tape around the handles

Con damage only affects the tip of the sword it will get blunter. However always remember the blade of a sword NEVER touches the ground O.O

captain0marauding
02-11-2008, 03:51 PM
Oh yeah, Chioky, I've started on my Aizen blade. The guard is about 40% done!

Chiok
02-16-2008, 05:02 PM
oh yes just a reminder im planning to finish my:

Complete Swordmaking Tutorials

They are tottaly revamped with better explanation, photos and layout. The tutorial might break up into 6 or 7 different tutorials becuase in total I have about 170 photo's to have a complete step by step walkthrough. Im hoping this will be the best tutorial on the net to making wooden katana's without the use of machine tools.

I should have this done by next week and wondering if this should be a seperate topic?

Jacaranda
02-16-2008, 06:20 PM
That's awesome to hear. I've been silently stalking your stuff on deviant for a while now, and I'm planning on doing my own zanpakutou for a con this summer. :]

By the way, how's progress on Ulquiorra's sword coming along? I saw th guard, and it looks pretty awesome so far.

phantomthief
02-24-2008, 08:42 PM
I think I love you! :D

I've done a few swords before but they've all been pretty straight (VERY straight XD http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1363156/) so I was thinking I'd have to get a wooden katana commissioned.

With this I think I can work Vergil's lovely Yamato out on my own. Thanks so much!!!~

Need to bust out the ol' dremel tool...

~Ari-chan

Onimushasasuke
03-06-2008, 10:18 AM
OK I have the Wood. I have every tool I need. I just need to know. How thick should the wood be? Also when Making the blade, should I flatten it as it gets closer to the tip?

Fireheart Storm
03-06-2008, 10:54 AM
oh yes just a reminder im planning to finish my:

Complete Swordmaking Tutorials

They are tottaly revamped with better explanation, photos and layout. The tutorial might break up into 6 or 7 different tutorials becuase in total I have about 170 photo's to have a complete step by step walkthrough. Im hoping this will be the best tutorial on the net to making wooden katana's without the use of machine tools.

I should have this done by next week and wondering if this should be a seperate topic?

I think it would just be better to edit you first post! :bigtu:

Oh, on Deviant art I'm Falchou-Taicho, by the way, I started to watch you, I'm sure you'll be helping alot of Cosplayers. ^^

Onimushasasuke
03-07-2008, 07:29 PM
Wow this is helpful. I Have the sword shape cut out already! ^^ Sadly the only wood I had was one that was 1.6c, thick....So im going to have to sand through a lot of wood..Im gonna draw and cut out the hilt guard tomorrow! Yay for me! SO after that is all done i just need to sand it down a lot and get some proper spray paint. What sucks though is that the wood I'm using has a little hole in it right at the tip of the blade.. :( Looks like Im gonna need to use some wood filler. The one I am making my own personal Zanpakuto, not a replica from the characters, I want to put symbols on it (the blade) But I dont know if I should carve them in or draw them on. Whats your opinion

NarutoFanGurl
05-22-2008, 02:20 PM
this should be interesting, have you made Ikkaku Madarame's zanpakuto yet?

nawstra578
06-27-2009, 06:20 PM
say i got a question on average how much might the materials for one these swords cost? i wanan make aizens zanpakto for my bleach cosplay

Lord Xanth
11-03-2009, 05:01 PM
Hey choi Bleach is 1 of my favorite things I was wondering if you could make me a Ulquiorra Zanpakuto? Like the 1 in ur gallery on deviantart and if so how much would it cost me? Your work is the best i've seen with bleach wooden cosplay swords and it's truly admirable and I would be truly honored if you could sell me 1 if so reply to my post and can you please tell me your email so we can talk about further details :) well anyway keep doing your great work and please reply :D.

Oh last thing lol yeah i'm interested in either a byakuya ulquiorra or grimmjow sword/zanpakuto.

please tell me how long it would take to make for each 1 [note i only want 1 of em lol] and the cost well ty and please reply truly hope you can make and sell me 1 I would treasure it forever :D.

Dire Weasel
05-12-2010, 04:46 AM
Hey, I like your tutorials. I am thinking of dressing up as Shūsuke Amagai from one of the Anime fillers. Since you seem to be talented in prop making, you could give some help.

I had a friend try to make the tuning fork that he has, but had no luck, as it broke when he bumped it. He stated it was too fragile. Would your sword making tutorial be a good tutorial for me to use in the creation of the tuning fork? (I am trying to make the prop this time)

em0we3
05-12-2010, 04:51 PM
wow.. very detailed & helpful. keep up the good work & thanks!

Kiarika Kakama
12-10-2010, 10:52 PM
Originally Posted by treble
Hi guys. I saw this thread. AWESOME SWORDS!!!!XD

I just have a couple of questions:

1.Chiok, I know that you said the the thickness of the wood is 0.5cm or 5mm. Is that the only thickness you use or do you use different thicknesses for like the hilt and stuff?

I dont use ANY other thickness

2.In part one of your tutorial: How is each individual materials? Total? Also (I know this is stupid asking this) is that metal ruler in inches?

The measurements I use is inches however I used Centimetres for the guard

3. In part two of your: What are the measurements when you drew the blade and hilt? How much of a curve did you use for the blade?

the curve bends 9cm which is the width of the wood. The blade is 30 inches and the handle is 10 inches

4.In part three: What angle and deepness did you file the blade? (Another stupid question) Did you stop at a point on the blade or did you file the whole blade? On #14, what's the size of that little thing around the base of the blade? When you made the hilt, what measurements where the two pieces?

Hmm... Lets just say you keep sharpening until its a hair strand thick even on both sides. I stop filing at point 14. On point 14 its 2cm long and over 3 cm wide. The hilt 10 inches by 3cm

5.In part four: Whats the size of that thing on the end of the handle? What measurements did you use when you did the ribbon pattern around the handle?

The thing on the handle is the hilt which is 3cm by 2.5cm. The ribbon is about a cm in width

6.In part five: Basically what measurements did you use for the overall section here?

Its the same measurements 30 inches blade 10 inches handle 3 cm wide

7.In the how to make a Tensa Zangetsu: Same question I asked about part five.

50 inches of blade 15 inches of handle 3.5cm wide

Sorry if I asked too many questions, Im just a perfectionist. Im currently working on my own project at the moment (see Making armor out of unconventional materials (hope it works) thread), but I wanna do something like this on the side for fun. Hope to here from ya.

[b]I have never been asked so many questions before XD

I'm sorry, i am new to this forum and don't really understand how to quote a quote ( if that's even possible) so i just coppied it. I am a sword expert ( real swords ) and i just wanted to correct what you said about the handle. FIRST: a handle and hilt are actually the same thing and they refer to the guard ( cross piece tamahagane) , the grip which is the place were you grab and the pommel. SECOND: the pommel is the bottom part usually mad of metal that is seen on the bottom of katanas and shinai but not bokken. Sorry this post is so long =p but just thought you'd like to know.

Blood_Sword
01-18-2011, 08:43 AM
Thank you so much for making this tutorial, your swords are awesome! I want that Byakuya sword. xD lol

Red Comet
02-19-2011, 10:46 AM
I saw some people asking about sheaths... the way I made the sheath for my prop sword was by taking some wire mesh (made of fairly thick, strong wires), folding it over once, cutting it out into the shape of a sheath, then covering it up with some duct tape. There's probably a better way out there, but that's what I came up with.
Oh, and by the way... if the duct tape is not the color you want, don't try to paint it. Paint will just flake off of duct tape. If you cover it with some other sort of material first (perhaps masking tape?), then the paint might stay on.

Aearon
02-20-2011, 02:48 PM
I'm sorry, i am new to this forum and don't really understand how to quote a quote ( if that's even possible) so i just coppied it. I am a sword expert ( real swords ) and i just wanted to correct what you said about the handle. FIRST: a handle and hilt are actually the same thing and they refer to the guard ( cross piece tamahagane) , the grip which is the place were you grab and the pommel. SECOND: the pommel is the bottom part usually mad of metal that is seen on the bottom of katanas and shinai but not bokken. Sorry this post is so long =p but just thought you'd like to know.Actually... With Japanese swords, there are specific names for each part of the sword. While they may have western equivalents to refer to a combination of several pieces, if you want to be absolutely correct, each has its own name.
Tsuka - Hilt (Handle)
Fuchi - Collar
Kashira - Pommel
Tsuba - Guard
Saya - Sheath

marski25
05-09-2013, 12:17 PM
I was wanting to know can u make the dragonclaw katana and tanto with sheath and if so how much will it cost and how do I buy it from u