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Swordmaking Cost Analysis by chioky Swordmaking Cost Analysis by chioky
The number one problem people face when starting swordmaking is, well they have no money, or they cannot find the materials or equipment to buy with their money. What you are taught in school when it comes to building projects like a table, chair even a sword is a cost analysis. To help people a bit easier in swordmaking I decided to list all the number of materials with tools and equipment you could ever possible think of to use. Atleast with this then you are able to get an accurate number of what you actually need to spend to start swordmaking. However in all honesty you should have most of the smaller tools lying about in your garage.

These prices may be British Pounds but simply use a currency conversion calculator: [link]
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SawltheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How long is the tape in feet but I'm using a cloth for it just wondering how long and also wondering what the hand plane is for?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
lets say tape is 6 feet long, and the plane is to help round the handles
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AojRoxos Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Mr. chioky, the table saw, pillar drill, table work bench and hand drill are all mandatory?

respects
Aoj
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
no they are not
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HeyVikkiTime Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This needs to be shown to every idiot that says "YOU CHARGE SO MUCH FOR SWORDS IT'S SO EXPENSIVE."
Making it is expensive muppet.
I'm making a sword and scabbard called Gambol Shroud right now from RWBY and it cost me around 70 just for all the balsa wood and plywood I needed to make it. Then came all the glue, spray paints, acrylic paint, resin, hooks, ribbon, and various equipment that my dad didn't have.
It altogether has got to around 100 so far >.<
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
it can be very cheap if you are resourceful though
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:iconheyvikkitime:
HeyVikkiTime Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh yes that is true. Now I Have the majority of the equipment I need future props won't be as expensive, but balsa wood is still pretty costly >.< All the shops near me charge such awfully high prices.
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:iconflashbang22:
Flashbang22 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student
what's the cork block for?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
for the sanding paper
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:iconflashbang22:
Flashbang22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student
With your sheathes were they made out of pine wood too?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
yep they were made of that to
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dragonnightroad Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
your a genus ^.^ been looking for something like this for ages im going to try and make a sword for my cosplays , can i ask where did u get the wood from i cant find that thickness anywhere (btw i live in the uk)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
you can get the wood from wiques
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dragonnightroad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks and im sorry but can i ask, i just looked and wicks now only do 0.6cm thick pine would this work? as you said that 0.5cm is essential i could plain it down but it may not be level
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
yes that can work fine as well
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:iconjackaw78:
jackaw78 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
wow I could build like 30 swords from the stuff in my basement plus 2-3 roles of tape
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
and I am sure you could start right away
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:iconlilightaura:
liLightaura Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
What is the difference between the two balsa woods besides thickness?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
wow I cannot believe I made such a simple mistake
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:iconlilightaura:
liLightaura Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
yeah i figured out it was MDF by looking at the second tut.
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:iconthelostshinobi:
TheLostShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Am I able to get these tools at Home Depot or Lowes?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I dont see why not
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TheLostShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
YAY!<3
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:iconcommanderzhao:
commanderzhao Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
hey, where do you get cloth tape? do you know?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
from sports accessories stores
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MasterHarper Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Hm... that's actually about right, I'd say. XD Naturally, the price goes down the more you make, because you start collecting all of that. (Like me. I'm up to my ears in woodfiller and sandpaper by now. ^^)

And hey, you've got the same drill as me! :D
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
isnt it a fine drill? but yes once you have everything it becomes easy
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MasterHarper Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Artisan Crafter
It's pretty awesome, yeah. Puts up with all of the abuse I force on it. XDDD
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xValkyrja Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
$285.581 CAD really isn't too bad, considering the quality of your work. Obviously, if I were to run out and buy all this and start making swords, I'd have to factor in all my mistakes and the materials that went into that, as well as the fact that I wouldn't be making them to sell, not at first at least, but still. It's a lot cheaper than owning a horse, or keeping up with fencing gear. =_=
Not to mention that if you were to sell a horse after training it for say, two years, you'd still end up losing money in the end. :XD:

I still find it rather amazing that people can create magnificent things out of rather common things like coping saws, tape and wood. It really is mind-boggling.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
yes you see this budget was worked out so that only the cheapest tools were used, that way it shows you can do swordmaking with even the most basic and cheapest of tools. Though in a normal family home you should have most of these tools already as well
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xValkyrja Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, for sure. It's nice to know that things like this are affordable to make for just about everyone. :D

I think most dads have at least a the most basic materials, like a coping saw and screwdrivers. My dad's got pretty much every woodworking tool known to man, and most of them are top-of-the-line because it's one of his passions. :meow:
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Phantom-Shinigami Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Wow not bad! It would have been funny if you added, "Making all these cool swords...... Priceless." Idk, that's what immediatly popped into my head... :meow:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah well either way your still gonna use up alot of money lol
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Phantom-Shinigami Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Haha, so true. :meow:
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CR4CK3RFOX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my dad is an auto mechanic and is a pro at it :) +20 yrs experience so he has all this stuff!

so now all i need is the wood, now the sword is like 30 bucks :)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
if a sword is costing 30 bucks then thats a damn big sword
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:iconcr4ck3rfox:
CR4CK3RFOX Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, im making the master sword from twilight princess... idk it was a rough estimate in my head... either way, wood might be more expensive here in the USA...
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TurboThunderbolt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
$145.060 USD
D:
Wow spendy for making model swords.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
it pays for itself in the long run
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TurboThunderbolt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
XD I'm sure it does.
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Tsumetsuki-Moonclaw Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, I do some swordmaking myself and was wondering how you combat warping?... SOMETIMES I have the issue, sometimes I don't... really it depends on the particular piece of wood, but I found cedar and pine to warp the least... but I digress... How do you combat warping IF it happens?... XD
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I dont buy a piece of wood thats warped

problem solved
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Tsumetsuki-Moonclaw Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I guess I didn't phrase the question correctly... I buy a perfectly straight piece, but after it is cut, it warps, having less surface area it makes it easier to warp, sorry If I misphrased my question... but have you EVER had the problem of warping?... if so how did you fix it?... sorry if this is irritating.
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chioky Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I have personally never experienced the wood warping AFTER I cut it, its ussually I buy wood thats warped, and no you can't really fix it
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Tsumetsuki-Moonclaw Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, well thanks for clearing that up though, I really appreciate the help from such a well developed artist of the sword.
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601zobi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
you...sell?...(total newbie here)
that's awesome...wish i could, everyone around my place are cheapskates...oh yeah do you buy your wood from alocal shop or something or any place round enniskillen? by any chance?anyway?any...any...(carry on with the stupid questions)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
from a timber yard
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Greasegirl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Would Composite Wood work just as well?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I must sound like an idiout when I say I have no idea what that wood is lol
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Greasegirl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
It's not made of one solid piece of wood. It's a kind of mixture of pieces of wood, usually from recycled or recovered wood, or other materials, etc. It's usually cheaper than the solid wood panels.
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