I am Chiok aka Chioky the Swordmaker known from:
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
Benihime and Shinso's Tsuba's:
Senbonzakura's and Kyoko Suigetsu's Tsuba's:
Suzimushi and Hyorinmaru Tsuba's:
Pantera and Ulquiorra's Tsuba's
Gamuza and Shinji's Tsuba's:
Heinoko's and Wabisuke Tsuba's: