I'm not that skilled in the prop making department so I actually ordered a wooden Tai Chi training sword from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0060C8HV6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
After sanding, priming and painting this sucker I also cut apart a leather purse that I've been using for scraps and hot glued it to give the hilt a more finished look and also weaved some white ribbon onto it as well. I am very pleased with the outcome and also relieved how light this is considering the paper mache sword I'd tried making is five times as heavy as this one is. So it'll be easier to carry around at the con. :)
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