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The Swordmaking Tutorial: Pt 8



The Swordmaking Tutorial: Part 8 (Constructing the Sword)

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.

*cue eerie music* congratulations, you have made it to the final stage of swordmaking. You have just painted all the parts of your katana but now you must put them together. First goes the tsuba along up from the handle then you attach the handles on either side of the tang. Then you form the hilt on the end of the handles once they are in place. Then you give the handle a final coat of paint and the sword becomes a complete katana. Just a note you can use woodglue also to just stick the handles onto the tang, or instead of using screws use wooden dowels. As mentioned how to do the handle wrapping or "tsuka" is not included in this tutorial, but in seperate tutorials instead. I hope you have followed every step successfully!! and enjoy ^^

: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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Your tutorials were very clear! I'll be sure to follow your steps when I have started creating my own sword. But, I must ask, around how long would a beginner take to create one? I don't have all the materials as of now, so, how much would all the materials normally cost?