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Chiok
04-03-2008, 02:56 PM
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:

www.chioky.deviantart.com

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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Level 1 Swordmaking: Beginner Level

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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Swordmaking Guide: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment)

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 2 (Planning and Cutting)

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 3 (Sanding and Painting)

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 4 (Fixing and Handle Wrapping)

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

Swordmaking Guide: Part 5 (Advanced Skills)

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

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Level 2 Swordmaking: Intermediate Level

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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The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 2 (Planning and Drawing)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 3 (Cutting out the Sword)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 4 (Cutting out the Tsuba)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 5 (Sharpening the Sword)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 6 (Sculpting the Details)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 7 (Painting and Glossing)

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

The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 8 (Constructing the Sword)

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

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Level 3 Swordmaking: Advanced Level

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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Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 1 (Electrical Tape)

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

Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 2 (Cloth Tape)

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

Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 3 (Double Knot Ribbon)

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

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

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

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The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 1

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

The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 2

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

The Scabbard/Sheath Tutorial: Part 3

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

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Swordmaking Cost Analysis (How much money you should spend)

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

How to improve the handles of your katana's

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

How to improve the blade of your katana

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

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A tutorial on just how to make a Tensa Zangetsu (Bleach)

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

A tutorial on just how to make a Sode No Shirayuki (Bleach)

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

A tutorial on just how to make a Benehime (Bleach)

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

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For literally every other swordmaking tutorial go here:

http://news.deviantart.com/article/87269/

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Taig
04-03-2008, 03:56 PM
LOL , great post :D, good tutorial, also the drawings help a lot.
thank you ^^

captain0marauding
04-03-2008, 08:24 PM
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.

CutelyPsychotic
04-04-2008, 04:32 PM
:D Wonderful tutorial! I'm looking into working on Kadaj's sword from Advent Children and this could be a very... fun ride.

Chiok
04-06-2008, 12:48 PM
I havent actually worked out how to make kadaj's sword yet so that it is efficient thats your job then XD

Aaleen
04-07-2008, 11:51 PM
THXZ SO MUCH i needed to make toshiros for an upcoming cos play that a bunch of my friends are putting on

Nygenx
04-08-2008, 12:13 PM
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.

Aaleen
04-08-2008, 05:18 PM
uh cutting out the sword is no longer working plz fix asap THXZ XD

Chipface
04-08-2008, 11:00 PM
cutting the sword http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/7632/cuttingouttheswordte4.jpg

Fashwiing
04-09-2008, 02:23 PM
<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!

Chiok
04-10-2008, 04:22 PM
You know my DeviantArt is basically my site which holds all my tutorials XD

Arokka
04-11-2008, 04:40 PM
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:

captain0marauding
04-11-2008, 04:56 PM
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:

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

cheshirepanda
04-12-2008, 01:35 AM
Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?

captain0marauding
04-12-2008, 10:02 AM
Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?

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.

Chiok
04-14-2008, 11:13 AM
Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?

Unless you plan to actually hit somthing with the sword yes you need reinforcing, if not you will be able to make a masamune

Chiok
04-14-2008, 11:16 AM
Would this method still work for Sephiroth (ff7) Masamune? Its over 6 feet long, so would it need reinforcing of any type?

As long as your not planning to hit anything with the sword building a masamune should be fine

fatso101
04-21-2008, 07:24 PM
nice tutorial man. definitely going to use this with my next cosplay (Jin from Samurai Champloo). i do have a question though. do you know how i could make a sheath to go along with a sword?

ifm2181
04-21-2008, 07:57 PM
Well done. I do a lot of woodwork, so I know the amount of work that goes into making swords. But I'd probably add in a belt sander and possibly jigsaw into the list of tools. :D

Chiok
04-23-2008, 04:52 PM
Well done. I do a lot of woodwork, so I know the amount of work that goes into making swords. But I'd probably add in a belt sander and possibly jigsaw into the list of tools. :D

lol there is the problem right there your experienced so you know as to use a jigsaw as belt sander

My tutorials help people with no experience O.O

As for the tools not every cosplayer has a belt sander or jigsaw sitting in their garage. The cost of both of these even then is quite expensive.

Thats why I only used a file and a coping saw, to prove that I can make swords just as good as using machinery saving money and there easy to find almost everybody should have one lying in their workshop when compared to a belt sander and jigsaw.

luminae
04-24-2008, 01:09 PM
nice tutorial man. definitely going to use this with my next cosplay (Jin from Samurai Champloo). i do have a question though. do you know how i could make a sheath to go along with a sword?

I agree. A wooden sheath tutorial would be brilliant.

Chipface
04-24-2008, 11:05 PM
I'm gonna try and pull off making a wooden sheath this weekend. I'll post a tutorial for it once I do.

liger0sniper
04-25-2008, 08:30 PM
The tutorial is really awesome but I came across a small problem. Where could I find pine that has the dimensions 40in x 9cm x .5cm?

Oh, and Chipface, best of luck on the sheath! :)

Chipface
04-25-2008, 08:54 PM
I ran into the same problem as you linger0sniper. Instead of pine I got a sheet of poplar that is about 6mm thick and closer to 18cm wide. Just get something longer than 40 inches, you can always cut it down to 40 and use the rest of the wood for the tsuba. That's what I did. Oh, and I got the wood at Home Depot.

liger0sniper
04-25-2008, 09:10 PM
Ah, thanks, Chipface!

captain0marauding
04-25-2008, 10:19 PM
Yeah, I got a 48'' piece that was 9 cm across and 6 mm thick, it works just fine, all you have to do is cut it down to size

AznTranquility
04-26-2008, 06:37 PM
whoaaa
yeah i was wondering where u can buy wood
homedepot/lowes?
is it expensiiiive?

Chipface
04-26-2008, 09:16 PM
Not really. I paid less than 10 bucks for my sheet of poplar.

captain0marauding
04-27-2008, 11:02 AM
My woo cost like 9 bucks, it's not expensive.

Chiok
05-01-2008, 03:09 PM
can I ask what is this poplar please? XD

Chipface
05-01-2008, 11:38 PM
I think it's a softwood. Not quite sure but it was pretty easy enough to work with. I can't really explain it too well here's a page that will explain it better than I can.
*edit*forgot to add the link, here:
http://www.woodworkerssource.net/Merchant3/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=WS&Category_Code=Poplar

Chiok
05-04-2008, 12:28 PM
I have learnt that one of the finest woods to use for woodworking is jelutole, has anybody used it before?

its a hard wood, but allows hand tools to carve it easily

Akusesu
05-04-2008, 06:20 PM
wow you amaze me!!
makes me want to make stuff!
but i dot have access for any detailing wood cutters :/

such as the tsubas etc

do they cut custom designs at home depot?

MochaValentino
05-08-2008, 07:38 PM
i'm really desperate on sheath-making....do you know??

borzou
05-08-2008, 09:32 PM
i'm really desperate on sheath-making....do you know??

I'm making a sword based on Chioky's tutorial and I am in the middle of making a sheath.

What I did is I drew the outline of the sword on foamboard. For the other two sides, I used a thin piece of basswood (1/16th inch thick). Then basswood is strong enough not to break but thin enough to bend along the curve.

godsavethequeen
05-08-2008, 11:08 PM
wow you amaze me!!
makes me want to make stuff!
but i dot have access for any detailing wood cutters :/

such as the tsubas etc

do they cut custom designs at home depot?

Nope - at best, home depot will only do cross cuts of wood for you (no ripping cuts, i.e. with the grain).

However, you should look around for hobby shops in your area. Many hobby shops will have a variety of wood working tools - just pay an hourly fee to use the shop and voila - instant tool access.

Hope that helps!

Chiok
05-13-2008, 06:40 AM
You know you can buy a coping saw for about $5 if you look hard enough

Chiok
05-28-2008, 04:40 PM
*sigh* so lifeless I have got to introduce more tutorials

captain0marauding
05-28-2008, 06:41 PM
*sigh* so lifeless I have got to introduce more tutorials


Well, we're using your tutorials, we just need more swords and stuff. Perhaps a sheath tutorial, master?

Goldfinch
05-29-2008, 03:01 AM
I'm planning on making a couple of western-style swords, but your tutorials have given me a lot of good tips! I'm really looking forward to a sheath tutorial as well.

Beryl
06-05-2008, 08:35 AM
The link to Part 3 is broken, should be this:
http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/7632/cuttingouttheswordte4.jpg

myalchod
06-05-2008, 03:42 PM
Seconding (thirding, fourthing, etc.) the votes for a scabbard tutorial. (I'm going to need one if I tackle swordmaking for my Juuni Kokki cosplay -- Chinese swords -- so of course I'm biased. :3 )

Other than that, though, this seems like an excellent reference. Thank you!

Chiok
06-07-2008, 04:40 PM
lol making a reasonable strong wooden scabbard is actually a very time consuming thing to do XD

have you tried using paper masche as an alternative?

Nygenx
06-08-2008, 11:27 AM
lol making a reasonable strong wooden scabbard is actually a very time consuming thing to do XD

have you tried using paper masche as an alternative?

I actually intend to post a wooden scabbard tutorial in about a week. Two days prior, I started creating two scabbards, with not much time to dedicate to working on them. They should be done by Friday.

I even remember Rushing a sword/scabbard of D-Gray Man's Kanda in two days. The approach and concern for quality dictates how much time the process will take. Experience plays a hand as well, of course.

Eventually I'll update the guide with advanced processes as well as more complicated projects (a'la Kyuzo from Samurai 7's dual katana scabbard).

Chiok
06-09-2008, 11:23 AM
I actually intend to post a wooden scabbard tutorial in about a week. Two days prior, I started creating two scabbards, with not much time to dedicate to working on them. They should be done by Friday.

I even remember Rushing a sword/scabbard of D-Gray Man's Kanda in two days. The approach and concern for quality dictates how much time the process will take. Experience plays a hand as well, of course.

Eventually I'll update the guide with advanced processes as well as more complicated projects (a'la Kyuzo from Samurai 7's dual katana scabbard).

woah cool O.O the problem is using hand tools only to make a sheath is the most time consuming thing in the world, if a person were to use power tools the process can be alot quicker. And thats where the problem lies I dont know how to make one with power tools XD

Nygenx
06-09-2008, 12:47 PM
woah cool O.O the problem is using hand tools only to make a sheath is the most time consuming thing in the world, if a person were to use power tools the process can be alot quicker. And thats where the problem lies I dont know how to make one with power tools XD

Well I can certainly explain the use of power tools. There will be specific things that a person with power tools, such as myself can do. One such situation is the use of 1/10 or 1/12 inch wood. Try cutting it with a coping saw and the vibration will certainly cause cracks, if not a break. You would need to have a band saw to be able to cut it, because the blade runs down and causes little vibration.

As for the guide I'm writing up and documenting it in a neutral point of view. It is more of a visual/ explanation of theory. Of course you can directly follow it to a point as it is a method-based tutorial. Specifics such as "cut out the outlined shape, making sure you do not cross the line which you have just drawn. Do not worry about overages, as you can always sand off the excess later.", are left to the reader.

At the end of the guide I will post some woodworking basics as well as how to use power tools for those of use fortunate enough to possess them.

I really have a great amount of respect for people who can completely hand craft their wooden props. The amount of time and effort spent doing it by hand is unparalleled. god knows, id die without my belt sander and powered jig ^_^

Goldfinch
06-10-2008, 03:16 PM
That would be great, Nygenx. I appreciate a lot of tutorials being made for those without power tools, but not using my dad's router, table saw, jigsaw, beltsander, etc would be a needless mismanagement of my time. Thanks, and I'm looking forward to it!

Nygenx
06-10-2008, 08:01 PM
That would be great, Nygenx. I appreciate a lot of tutorials being made for those without power tools, but not using my dad's router, table saw, jigsaw, beltsander, etc would be a needless mismanagement of my time. Thanks, and I'm looking forward to it!

Well as you will see, A belt sander is your good friend, taking into account you have a workmate or vice. your jigsaw will also get plenty of use when it comes to cutting out basic shapes with a lot of accuracy. (you can also cut close without much risk of cutting yourself). In the case of scabbards, as I've found out, A router does little good. It leaves the inside far too scratch-prone.

Unfortunately I'm not *too* experienced, but this will start out as a relatively basic guide and then let it evolve. Ill post some pictures of my progress in the next post, and well as one scabbard I had made formerly.

Chiok
06-11-2008, 07:31 AM
gosh how I envy people with the latest power tools do use it for swordmaking lol

Nygenx
06-12-2008, 09:39 PM
Well It seems Ive finished the scabbards I was working on. Took me six days from start to finish, at about an hour and a half a day. Pics below as promised, as well as an older pic of a straight scabbard I had done prior. I should have the tutorial up and running by Tuesday.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1565694/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1565695/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1563213/

Chiok
06-15-2008, 12:04 PM
I dont know about you guys but I just found the person who can tel us how to make the perfect proportion katana's he made this:

http://http://kuwaneko.deviantart.com/art/Itegumo-finished-88699600

if you can see this is actually how you construct a full tang katana with a saya (sheath) all out of wood, And he had done tsukamaki with actual string not ribbon.

Im trying to get this guy to talk 8D

Xoxaz
06-15-2008, 10:12 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial and tsuba designs. I made Shinji Hirako's zanpakutō with it, and it came out great. I'll upload pictures later.

captain0marauding
06-19-2008, 05:22 PM
http://captain0marauding.deviantart.com/art/Night-Katana-Teaser-2-89165609

Who likes one of my katanas so far? I used Chioky's tutorials, and it worked out great! Oh yeah, Mr. C, you wanted to see how the curve came out, didn't you? Because it's a newer teaser

pookie-chan
07-04-2008, 09:11 PM
I made a Zanpaktou with this tutorial and it came out pretty well! It's definitely not as good as the ones Chioky makes, but it's not bad for the first try :toothy:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1594956/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1594957/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1594958/

pookie-chan
07-08-2008, 02:12 AM
On another note, has anyone come up with a new scabbard tutorial yet? :lost: I ended up making one loosely based on Featherweight's cardboard tutorial (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=76828) but I'm not sure how well it will hold up long term. Here's how it came out:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1600526/

Chipface
07-08-2008, 03:04 AM
I made my scabbard based on Featherweight's tutorial as well for a temporary scabbard but instead paper-mached it. It turned out really bulky. Here's a picture.
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1531100/

I plan on making a wooden scabbard this weekend and I'll try and make a tutorial for it.

fightstar
07-08-2008, 12:29 PM
I need to give some of these techniques a try on a kusarigama I am thinking about. Really impressive tutorial you have here for everyone. I applaud your work and time to help everyone for a long time to come. Thanks!

Tathar
07-08-2008, 02:39 PM
Could this method be modified to make a longsword?

captain0marauding
07-08-2008, 02:43 PM
Could this method be modified to make a longsword?

Er, sort of. Longswords aren't cuved, so crap that. They are long, obviously, so 40'' should do. They usually have a guard, they have a handle, stuff like that. Just do what you want.

Nygenx
07-08-2008, 09:39 PM
Hello Everyone! I do apologize for disregarding my former deadline and not carrying through with a scabbard tutorial as promised. The reasoning is as follows.

Creating a scabbard is a VERY easy thing to do. If someone asks for a tutorial highlighting the basics, I would be more than happy to comply. As you may have seen by my previous post, I have come out with several decent looking scabbards.

The problem is this: In order to make an aesthetically pleasing scabbard, a great amount of planning must go into making the sword that will reside in the scabbard. The curve must be wholly continuous or the scabbard will have free room within it.

To make a curve that has no irregularities is simple in theory, but difficult in practice. In the case of shorter swords I have made, it is done by creating a fulcrum point and attaching a string. You then continue to move the design until you can trace basically a portion of a circle that connects the two points. The problem with this method is that it is not applicable in a larger katana, as I have found out. The length of string is simply too great to accurately draw a curve.

I have to find out a calculation that I can use to effectively plan a curve, or else my guide would not be as complete as it could be. As I've said before, If people would wish for me to create a stopgap guide on the basics of scabbard construction, I would be more than happy to.

Malant`
07-08-2008, 11:09 PM
hmm chiok...making a scabard...with out power tools...utilizing mainly wood...steaming?

I found this tutorial on this site

http://www.allwoodwork.com/article/woodwork/methods_of_bending_wood.htm

Hope this helps for m making that curved piece to the scabard.

-Malant

Sorauzumaki12
07-14-2008, 01:56 AM
i'm really desperate on sheath-making....do you know??

Chioky posted a tutorial on the sheath in his gallery on his deviantart account.

http://chioky.deviantart.com/

Hope it helps!

~Maki

Nygenx
07-14-2008, 11:07 AM
I also have my tutorial up on scabbard making. It is a somewhat easier method than hollowing out wood, that will apply to a wide range of swords.

http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=153775

Sorauzumaki12
07-14-2008, 09:03 PM
I also have my tutorial up on scabbard making. It is a somewhat easier method than hollowing out wood, that will apply to a wide range of swords.

http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=153775

sweet i will take a look i didnt know you finished it ^_^

I am planning on someday making hitsugaya's blade from bleach.

Chiok
07-23-2008, 02:22 PM
*cough* on deviantart I compiled all swordmaking tutorials into one article 8D

http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/
http://news.deviantart.com/article/53433/

clicky for great justice

Naxbetissa
10-12-2008, 01:15 PM
How do u create a sheath for the weapons?
glad u created this now i can become DEMON EYES KYO

The True Shishi
07-13-2009, 05:35 PM
cutting the sword http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/7632/cuttingouttheswordte4.jpg

thank you so much!! You are my hero! :toothy: :toothy: :toothy:

The True Shishi
07-13-2009, 05:38 PM
Thanks so much!! this is like my hobby and I always mess up on the messureing but now things are comeing out nicely! ^^!

carcasse
08-07-2009, 04:07 PM
hey Chiok, Thanks for the tuts.

I'm a cabinet maker for 15 years. I wont have any problems making the sword but I wanted to know about the sizes and stuff. I'm starting tomorow morning with my 2 kids, their gonna be sooo psyched about making their own Katanas....

I only found the electrical tape tut for the handle. Do you have one for leather as well ???

Thanks again.

Wanderingfreedo
08-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Ive been looking through your tutorial it is absolutly awesome, But I was wondering if I could use this technique for Mihawks sword from one piece, How to make the blade will work for it but I dont know if the guard making process will work with Mihawk's sword guard, considering its more on the lines of a small beam than a normal guard. Getting to the point, if you could give me some suggestions on how make his sword that would be awesome.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3252006951_6805a16936.jpg

Wawfer
09-25-2009, 01:05 AM
THX ^^ I was trying to figure out how i would make the sword for my Nelliel from bleach cosplay and your tutorial was a god send ^^

Chiok
10-09-2009, 06:58 PM
Okey so maybe it was bad of me to leave cosplay.com for about a year, I plan to be somewhat more available to help answer your questions, but for now I will answer the most commonly asked questions:

Do you do commissions?: No I do not!

What are your swords made from?: Strip Pine Wood

Kiarrens
02-05-2010, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the wonderful tutorials, Chiok. :) Made my first wooden sword and scabbard following them, and while my blade's not perfect, I think I have an idea of how to make it flawlessly next time.

My one question:
Where do you get the hard gloss? I'm using the super sealer variety on my scabbard right now and it's not nearly thick or shiny enough. :\

Minsc
05-12-2010, 08:15 PM
Great tutorial! This will definitely come in handy. :) I have a question though. What size pipe do you use to draw out the blade of the sword? Be sure to specify whether it's the size marked on the pipe or it's outside diameter. 3/4 inch PVC pipe for example would have roughly a 1 inch OD.


I'm planning to construct mine out of poplar (also known as aspen). We have milled our own lumber so it actually won't cost me a cent! Oh, poplar is a hardwood BTW. It would be one of the softer hardwoods.

yukihiro
06-02-2010, 04:43 PM
Just wanted to say thanks. I used your tutorials for making a sword for my recent cosplay.

Chiok
06-04-2010, 09:23 AM
Just wanted to say thanks. I used your tutorials for making a sword for my recent cosplay.

I thank you for thanking me about my tutorials 8D

MamimiSamejima
01-30-2011, 01:35 PM
Hi! I'm attempting Erza Scarlet's Armorless version katanas and I believe your tutorials will be my guide as I attempt sword making for the first time O_O. Any suggestions to a newb? http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/3695/257265-episode_38_screencap_19_super.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.animevice.com/erza-scarlet/18-17564/all-images/84-54883/episode_38_screencap_19/83-257265/&usg=__cT4YxiRRF_GjeKJ1bXESQ2FhYSQ=&h=337&w=600&sz=36&hl=en&start=21&zoom=1&tbnid=u7wnPUqDjM5bzM:&tbnh=84&tbnw=150&ei=Zb1FTdi-GML78AaN8_HKAQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Derza%2Bscarlet%2Bfairy%2Btail%2Bkatan a%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1152%26bih%3D518%26gbv%3D2%26t bs%3Disch:10%2C320&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=242&oei=Ob1FTf6XLMKqlAe0uKkJ&esq=5&page=2&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:12,s:21&tx=117&ty=33&biw=1152&bih=518

Chipface
01-30-2011, 03:11 PM
If you can use something stronger than balsa for the habaki and raised details I'd recommend it.

Clyde_2.0
02-01-2011, 02:00 AM
I used this tutorial to make the swords for my Zoro cosplay. I actually found this on DA, I didn't realize there was a post on cos.com.

My only changes to the tutorial were that I used Poplar wood instead of Pine and just used the excess wood scraps from cutting out the blades to make the tsubas, rather than buying MDF board.

Kago_Sabaku
03-27-2011, 05:37 PM
Probably been asked already, but where can you get pine in the dimensions you specify? I've tried Lowes and Home Depot and let's just say they were less than helpful. even after doing the metric to standard conversions they still said they had nothing small enough thickness wise besides plywood. I was thinking of going way out on a limb and trying michaels, but I dunno if that's even worth my time. my other option was gonna be Hobby Lobby, but again not sure if it's even worth the trip there.

HezaV
04-25-2011, 04:23 PM
Wow this is really helpful, thanks for all your time and effort. :D

thatoneouji
07-04-2011, 10:05 PM
ty very very detailed and thuro ^^

majordanger
08-27-2012, 11:08 PM
A very well made tutorial, especially for beginners like me. Thank you very much for making this, Chioky!

yukiangel51
10-20-2012, 02:25 AM
awsome love it