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The Swordmaking Tutorial: Pt 1 by chioky The Swordmaking Tutorial: Pt 1 by chioky
The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment)

Have you ever asked yourself "How do I make a sword?"more pricesely a katana. Well If you have asked that question then I am here to help you answer that. This swordmaking Tutorial will cover everything you need to know about swordmaking. It has an attractive layout, easily readable discriptions, easier to understand discriptions and step by step pictures to know which process you are at. These swordmaking tutorials are aimed towards swordmakers and propmakers, however anybody is free to use them at their own leisure to try swordmaking.

The first part of this swordmaking tutorial is (tools and equipment). In this first part you will learn which tools and equipment you will require to do swordmaking. The discriptions will say why you need to use the tools, how to use the tools and finnaly which part of the swordmaking process you will need to use it for. All these tools and equipment are basic hand tools, cheap to buy and find saving in money and to be more safe.

:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 2 (Planning and Drawing) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 3 (Cutting out the Sword) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 4 (Cutting out the Tsuba) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 5 (Sharpening the Sword) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 6 (Sculpting the Details) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 7 (Painting and Glossing) [link]
:target: The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 8 (Constructing the Sword) [link]
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:iconferalfirefiend:
FeralFireFiend Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I look forward to putting this information to use. Great job!
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I need to make a sword, not a katana but a sword that resembles the ones they used to use in Germany/Prussia, during around 1840-1848, or just pre-WWII in general. Anyway, my guess is that the blade would be easier to make than a katana since it's straight. However the handle would be muchhharder to make, since I am a total newbie. The handle uld look like the one in [link] , by the way.

So I was wondering as to how I should make it. I'm on a budget, I don't want to mess up. Should I sculpt it with clay? If not, could you please tell me how to make it using other materials?

Thank you in advance.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
basically for a handle like that you Make a rough form with wire mesh then use a sculpting agent like day for example
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dutsv2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
woah thatnks so much deff going to do this and you are really skilled, that benihime is absolutly beautiful, considering it is out of wood
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
why thank you very much
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:iconvicanh98:
VicAnh98 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can i use super glue instead of wood glue?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
thats alot of super glue but yes
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:iconstrigon01:
Strigon01 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can't wait to try this
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I hope you have fun with it
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
will this work with foam poster board as well (i want something a bit more light weight for rps and such ^^)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
hmm it might work for it I think maybe
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
ok, i was just wondering because i figured it would be more light weight for conventions or halloween parties or such, where i'd be havng it with me all the time like that. i wouldn't be able to use it for LARPing but just for show. that's why i asked. plus it's good practice for if i do ever decide to move up to wood ^^
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:iconihaveaknifeinmychest:
Around how much did this all cost you?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
theres another guide in my gallary called "cost analysis"
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:iconihaveaknifeinmychest:
Alright, thanks.
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:icondarkicywarrioress:
DarkIcyWarrioress Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I AM GOING TO MAKE A SWORD! :iconblushingplz:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
have fun with that
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:iconlgkt:
LGKT Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I love you :*:*:*:*:*:*
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
have fun with that
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
thank you for posting this, this will be great for some of the cosplays i do :D
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
sure do
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
i just have one question though, is there other materials other than wood that a person can use instead that might be cheeper or easier to work with?
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:iconcheylene:
Cheylene Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
this will help me very much, thank you for posting this tutorial
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
sure alright
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OmegaBahamut Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
You should include some necessary wooden materials in this tutorial. It's easier to find on one page.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Its on another tutorial
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:iconsonia-road:
Sonia-Road Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o should I try this if i have next to none experience (grade seven tech class) with woodworking?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I tried this when I was 13 without tech class even
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:iconsonia-road:
Sonia-Road Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ I'll check the tutorials and prices and see if I can give it a shot then :)
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:icontsukuart:
Tsukuart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Filmographer
i wish wood grew on trees lol
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I wish money grew off trees
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:icontsukuart:
Tsukuart Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Filmographer
me too lol
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:icontsukuart:
Tsukuart Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Filmographer
me too lol
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GrabbinPills Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Awesome tutorial and I hope I can make a sword as beautiful and realistic as yours. =) But I do have a few questions.

I've yet to see a work bench similar to yours. =[ May I ask who it's made by or the name of it? Also, I plan to make Hanatarou's Hisagomaru and would like to ask how to go about making the gauge (since it looks like it would have to be embossed).
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
the work bench is very ancient, made by black and decker, its so you can easily work on the floor, and everything is in reach 8D

Well If I wanted to make hisagomaru, I would cut a channel out within the center of the blade, and cram some clear plastic tubing within the space to keep it still
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:iconblackacerz:
BlackAcerZ Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME tutorial but...could you one day make Cloud's Fusion Swords? (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
nah I dont wanne make that
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:iconblackacerz:
BlackAcerZ Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
at least a tutorial on broadswords? (sorry for bothering...)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
nah dont wanne make that either
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:iconblackacerz:
BlackAcerZ Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
okay thanks for your time
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:iconlittleminininja:
LittleMiniNinja Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This would be cool if I could make my brother a sword for when he gets his black belt. Almost like a congratulations present.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
congratulations heres a sword! works fine
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:iconlittleminininja:
LittleMiniNinja Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Lawl! It would be awesome if I could, but I'm almost afraid that I'll mess it up.
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CatCasinoArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010   Interface Designer
Awesome tut :la: Thank you very much for sharing :huggle: Do you think it could work for Rukia's scythe from Fade to Black movie too?
Well, maybe not for the handle...
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
no I do not believe this could work for rukia's scythe, go find another tutorial lol 8P
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Eirixoto Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a really awesome swordmaker, dude! :D
It's really good that you want to teach others how to make swords like you, your a master! Thank you!

I'll try out this one day! Must add one to favourites to find it whan I need xD
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
and I hope you make a fine sword yourself one of these days
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blackCero Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
oh ... you don't know how happy i got when I found this *___* ... Thanks ^^ ... I will try to make a katana now :'DD ...

and of course It's everybody's favourite sword 8DD XD ...
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
you really like ulquirroa too much
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:iconblackcero:
blackCero Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
haha XD yeah T__T im really into anime over all.... :3 ... and everybody thinks it's annoying XD ... but well I don't care XD
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