Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Wood Katana Tutorial Intro by piratecaptain Wood Katana Tutorial Intro by piratecaptain
Edit: 3/11/09 - Changed the video because I'm in the process of remaking the tutorials due to the change in my style.

Yes! This is indeed my own start to finish sword making tutorial. It will cover the whole process, both in deviation form, and with a companion video on youtube. This way, you can see both of them, and hopefully get a better idea of the process. I'd also like to point out that while *chioky has a wonderful guide out that has been used by many people, mine is quite different on several points. This is in no way designed to be better than his, just a different style.

**NEW**Intro Video: [link]

This is just the introduction deviation and video, just to cover how the tutorials will be broken up, what you can expect to see from following these guides in terms of a final product, and a few requests about comments.

The guides will cover each part of the sword, from the blade all the way to the final painting and wrapping, including:

Blade
Habaki
Seppa/Spacers
Tsuba/Guard
Fuchi/Collar
Tsuka/Handle
Kashira/Endcap
Tsukamaki/Wrapping
Saya/Sheath
Sageo/Sheath Knot
Painting
Carving techniques

Several other details will also be covered. Along the way feel free to ask any and all questions! Try to keep questions in the right part of the tutorial though, so that others can see the question/answer dialogue. Also, feel free to critique the format of these, and the video quality and clarity. I'm really trying to make these very detailed and clear, so please let me know if they don't work. Thanks for checking this out!

Intro to the Tutorials: <--- You're here

Part 2- Planning & Research Tutorial: [link]

Part 3- Tools & Materials Tutorial: [link]

Part 4- Drawing out the Katana: [link]

Part 5- Shaping the Blade: [link]

Part 6- Shaping the Blade (cont.): [link]

Part 7- Laying out the Habaki: [link]

Basic Chisel Tutorial: [link]

Sageo Knot Tutorial: [link]
Add a Comment:
 
Hidden by Commenter
Hidden by Commenter
:icongwanunig:
Gwanunig Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Don't know if you read these but I think i have it sorted now, thanks for supplying the tutorials
Reply
:iconyamano-wolfie:
Yamano-wolfie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Hm. I have been contemplating making a sword for a cosplay, however, it would not be a Katana.
Is it still possible, in your opinion, to use your tutorial while planning on making a different kind of sword and sheath?
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, there are many parts that are fairly unique to the katana that I cover. The sheath method is pretty universal, as are some of the parts. So short answer is "probably not" unless you're confident enough to heavily adapt the tutorials.

But the long answer is "What are you working on"? I'd be happy to try and point you in the right direction if I have a better idea of what you're going for.
Reply
:iconhellra:
hellra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Love your tutorial man!
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
Reply
:icontormentthefallen:
ToRmEnTtHeFaLlEn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool i always wanted a real one but there so freaking expensive hehe but now i can make my own thanks
Reply
:icongothic-bat:
gothic-bat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
can you pleas tell me whar i might find the spasific wood, like what store
Reply
:iconrumdrools:
RumDrools Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thanks! I'm gonna try and make Bill's katana from Kill Bill for my dad for his birthday, and these will help to no end :P!
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear it, good luck!
Reply
:iconarist0tle:
Arist0tle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I am already making the tsuka. How wide should it be?
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, you're basically building a box around the tang, so whatever thickness you need to do that with the 1/4" wood.
Reply
:iconarist0tle:
Arist0tle Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Hello, I have recently started making wooden swords (mostly japanese swords). I have seen your videos and you make the coolest swords! I am a pro at making the blades and sharpening them but I haven't made the tsuka. I can't wait to see your next video!
Reply
:iconnovembercosplay:
NovemberCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
This is amazing! The best tutorial I have found yet... and I've been looking at a lot. Thanks for making these videos. This is very useful and informative! I really hope mine turn out as great as yours.
Reply
:iconchelseakeehl:
chelseakeehl Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Beautiful! Nice job XP thanks!
Reply
:iconmaridah:
maridah Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
So far, this is an amazing tutorial. Thank you for sharing your method. The end result is great and I know I will be attempting this now thanks to your instructions here.
I had to fave this because it's so informative, and I also am sharing this with my group here on dA because this is hands down one of the most useful deviations of it's kind I've seen!
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please forgive me, I've been gone for a very long time. My thanks to you, comments like yours are the reason I put forth the effort, and make that effort worth it.
Reply
:iconrdtheclown:
Rdtheclown Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
hey there Piratecaptain,
i think your work is great and tutorials are simple and sweet... you kinda left us hanging with the katana tutorial on how to carve out the habaki and so on and so forth... this is the first one i have made well process of being made... started 3 times over gonna start over again today... ps you the sword master.
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello. Thanks very much for your kind words. As for continuing the tutorials, I never can be sure when they will come out. It all depends on the time I get to work on them. Each tutorial I make represents several hours work in just a few minutes.
Reply
:iconrdtheclown:
Rdtheclown Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
hi there sorry if i sounded rude in my last comment its just that im anxious to know how you have made your habaki and other parts as i have finished my entire sword, to the end design and kanji designs on the blade and sheeth... it is not the neatest of work but its my first and sort of made from my head... cant wait to view ur tutorials on the following parts.

I have started making two tanto's called the twins, do i make them the same as the katana just on a smaller scale or is the principle and method different.

thanks.

keep well.
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not at all, no worries! I'm glad you're looking forward to them. As for tantos, the process is basically the same, just scaled down. I would look online at some examples to get the proportions right though.
Reply
:iconkakee-chan:
Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
can i use this to make Sasuke's Katana too
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure can.
Reply
:iconkakee-chan:
Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hi i'm new here
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
Reply
:iconkakee-chan:
Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^.^
Reply
:iconfoxykeep:
Foxykeep Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Hi ! First thanks for these really great tutorials ;)

Just wondering if you know when you'll add the other new tutorials for the multi-pieces katana ?
I really want to do a multi-pieces katana and I think your tutorial will save me a lot of trouble ^^
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, you're welcome! I put the tuts out as often as I can, they take a ton of work to put together. But I hope to get some up pretty quick.
Reply
:iconfoxykeep:
Foxykeep Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Hehe always the same problem with tutorials ;)

Really useful but it take a really really long time to make them (especially video ones ^^)
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly. Hard to explain things too.
Reply
:iconoapk:
oapk Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
hey piratecaptain, i love your tutorials and i have been following your katana instructions and have cut out the blade.
i have also shaped the blade quite well thanks to your clear instructions and explanations, :D.
i was wondering when the next videos on how to make the tsuba, the habaki,the sheath, the handle, and all of the other aesthetics, are going to be put up.
thanks!

ps. I'M ALSO A NEW MEMBER, :dance:.
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, glad to hear the tuts are helpful to you! Unfortunately I don't have a set time for when I can make the tuts, simply because they take a ton of time to make, and it's hard to find the time. But I get them done as soon as I can.

Welcome to da, good to have you with us.
Reply
:iconlord-stalker:
Lord-Stalker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
First of all, I would like to say that you have the best tutorials of how to make a wood katana with simplicity and no powers tools(sorry chioky, your tutorial is great and all, but this one is way easier to understand and follow). Im a bit new in the swordmaking field, and with your tutorial Im finally can make a nice curve katana(well, until now im only do the blade, still waiting to see the tutorials about the hilt, sheat, etc).
After the moral booster, the questions XD.

Wich expessure the wood that you use for the blade have? Mine has 1,5 cm (Im used to this expessure for bastard swords, but have no idea if its is good for a katana)

You will make a video of how make the blood gro"something"? I really miss that(although i miss a video of how cut the curve properly, even after have making a perfect curve, I still fell that Im probably doing something wrong)

I would ask a third thing here... but i simple forgot what was about soo...

And to end, I would like to say again that your tutorial is pretty amazing(the how you found to make a curve is simple and efective in a way that I can only discribe as awesome), and say sorry for my bad english(Im brasilian, and I realy tired now, wich just make it worse XD).
Thanks and I will be waiting for the rest of tutorials.

---
When I stayed in the very depths of Hell, in front of the gate to Lefeu Universe, one of my soldiers ask me if we had any chances. I turn to all my mans and say:
If you are afraid, turn back now! If you have doubts, turn back now! If you have any sense of danger, if you have any hope or dream, turn back now too! Im going there to die. This is a inevitable truth, I will die there... but I will kill everything from that place first.
Garland Whisperwind, Storm Lord of the Wind

"So, just because that Tormenta dragon is four or maybe five times stronger than a God avatar, do you think I should retreat? Wait here, I will bring the jaws of that overgrowthed lizard to you and then, ask me again if I should retreat!"
Hawel Joleon, Storm Lord of the Earth
(He's not brave. He's just stupid enough to know when he's in danger)
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I'm glad you have found them helpful so far, and that you will find the rest of them equally helpful!

As for the first question, I'm not sure what you mean by "expressure". I buy strip wood that is 3 inches wide, 4 feet long, and .25 inches thick. Hope that answers your question.

For the second question, yes, I will be making a video to show how to cut the blood groove.

Thanks again, it is not a problem to answer your questions, so let me know if you have any more. You did a great job with the english too, better than my portuguese!
Reply
:iconpokies:
pokies Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Love how you don't use power tools and how you still got such a great outcome from it :] I'm thinking of getting the wood all at once so is the wood used for the saya and tsuka all cut from the same sized wood as the blade?
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, I'm glad you appreciate the hand tools too. As for the wood, it is all the same size, I figured it would be easier that way. Thanks again!
Reply
:iconkarumaru:
Karumaru Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
nice ... looking forward for future videos :D
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good, cause they'll be coming fast! I hope to finish them in 3 weeks.
Reply
:iconmaethori:
Maethori Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
By the way, if you (or anyone else) were looking for a very detailed and amazing resource book on samurai swords, check out 'The Samurai Sword: A Handbook' by John M. Yumoto. It's a nearly 200 page book on the history and stages of the different weapons and almost every single possible variation like temper marks, etc, and all the terms. If you want to check it out look someplace like here [link]
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, thanks a bunch, I'll check it out for sure. It sounds like an excellent reference!
Reply
:iconmaethori:
Maethori Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Sweet! Looking forward to checking out this tutorial....learn a thing or two.
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I'm hoping it'll help people out a little, and maybe people will have pointers for me too!
Reply
:iconmaethori:
Maethori Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
You and chioky have inspired me to try my hand at a nice katana again, and I really need to know how to make a nice sheath.
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear it! My sheaths turn out alright, hopefully they're what you're looking for.
Reply
:iconemo-zexion:
Emo-Zexion Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
nice good job I couldn't make it better myself
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Reply
:iconemo-zexion:
Emo-Zexion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
NP
Reply
:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Very nice mate, spread the word!!!!
Reply
:iconpiratecaptain:
piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'll do my best!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
October 14, 2008
Image Size
82.9 KB
Resolution
980×833
Thumb

Stats

Views
41,788
Favourites
509 (who?)
Comments
57
×