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Bleach: Tensa Zangetsu
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Published: April 6, 2007
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Ichigo Kurosaki: Tensa Zangetsu (Heavenly Chains Moon Cutter) [link]

:bulletblue: Blade Length: 49 inches
:bulletblue: Handle Length: 16 inches
:bulletblue: Chain Length: 10 inches
:bulletblue: Total Length: 65 inches


This sword is handmade with no power tools (except a drill) out of strip pine wood and its full tang. The sword is not curved like in the anime or manga becuase it would prove difficult to draw a curve nearly 50 inches long.

So when i got the wood the width was the same as the blade so i kept the blade straight. Hmm this sword is long and i meant long, the handle wrapping took 3 hours sanding down and the blade took 5 hours. I spray painted for several days and adding the chain was fun.

The Bleach Sword Collection:

:star: Ichigo Kurosaki: Tensa Zangetsu [link]
:star: Rukia Kuchiki: Sode no Shirayuki [link]
:star: Kisuke Urahara: Benihime [link]
:star: Gin Ichimaru: Shinso [link]
:star: Byakuya Kuchiki: Senbonzakura [link]
:star: Sosuke Aizen: Kyoka Suigetsu [link]
:star: Kaname Tosen: Suzumushi [link]
:star: Toshiro Hitsugaya: Hyorinomaru [link]
:star: Hollow Ichigo: White Tensa Zangetsu [link]
:star: Grimmjaw Jeagerjaques: Pantera [link]
:star: Ulquiorra Schiffer: Murcielago [link]
:star: Neliel Tu: Gamuza [link]
:star: Shinji Hirako: Sakanade [link]
:star: Rangiku Matsumoto: Haineko [link]
:star: Coyote Starrk: Los Lobos [link]
:star: Tia Harribel: Tiburon [link]


The Swordmaking Tutorials:

:target: Part 1 (Tools and Equipment): [link]
:target: Part 2 (Planning and Drawing): [link]
:target: Part 3 (Cutting out the Sword): [link]
:target: Part 4 (Cutting out the Tsuba): [link]
:target: Part 5 (Sharpening the Sword): [link]
:target: Part 6 (Sculpting the Details): [link]
:target: Part 7 (Painting and Glossing): [link]
:target: Part 8 (Constructing the Sword): [link]
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Kajune's avatar
Kajune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap:
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do you think you could make my characters zanpakuto? my character is a vizard or is it vizared, anyways he has a zanpakuto who is a scorpion, think you could do it?
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
im afraid i cant do that
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MissHannahCellaneous|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you're talented.. that is amazing!
I have a question though, hope you don't mind! I'm looking to buy a replica of this sword for my Bleach obsessed partner, my query comes from the fact that in some pictures the sword has barbs, and others it's straight/curved, and apparently there's also a white version? I'm assuming all versions are correct? Can you explain? xD
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
There are numerous iterations of the sword now, all dependent on which form the main character ichigo is in.

So just ask your friend which version of ichigo he likes and then you can find out the right version of the sword ichigo uses
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Killfang96|Student General Artist
So that's what it's name means.
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
yes the translation
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Killfang96|Student General Artist
What language is it because I tried Google translate and it wasn't Japanese.
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I would buy all if i had, ynkow..money..
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
i would buy alot of stuff if I had the money as well
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Thank you very much for the guides.Without this i couldn't
make this sword and do the full hollow ichigo cosplay.
Keep up the good work.
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
and I hope everything went well
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If i were to write a critique (which i just simply wouldn't do because i wouldn't know how to go about doing one) i'd rate this pretty highly. Simply put, there are some areas that, simply because you were working with wood, didn't come out perfect. But other than flaws with the material, i'd say it's really good. 65 inches i'd say is perfect, compared to Ichigo's supposed body size. It all looks good, and you even got the number of links on the chain correct. Very well done, in my opinion.
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Soratheartist|Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend asked me to make this sword, and I'm almost done. How do you attach the chain?
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
cut out a gap for half of a chain link to slot inside it
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Soratheartist|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok. Thanks!
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ShahzadX|Hobbyist General Artist
What are the dimensions for the hilt ? :)
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
look for my zanpakuto tsuba drawings in my gallary
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ShahzadX|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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Skibble1994|Hobbyist Photographer
omg omg omg gimme gimme gimme
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chioky|Student Artisan Crafter
hehehe no
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Skibble1994|Hobbyist Photographer
aw, but i want to play lol, its awesome
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MastaDaras|Hobbyist Artist
So i have seen all of your recreations and love them and the pic you put up of them are great. I wanted to ask if you would mind if i made 3d models of them and put them up in the skyrim modding community?
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