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Wood Katana Tutorial-Planning by piratecaptain Wood Katana Tutorial-Planning by piratecaptain
Edit: 3/12/09


**NEW** Planning & Research Video: [link]

Alright, so you've seen the intro, and now we'll get started. This next video is all about the planning and research of your sword, and focusing that into a concise profile page.

The first step is to do the research on the katana and how it is traditionally made. This way you really can get a sense of why things are done a certain way, and hopefully gain some respect for the master craftsmen that create real katana. Like I've said, these are really just imitations that I create, so it's good to know your roots.

Once you get your research done about katanas, you'll also want to look for design elements. For example, I stumbled upon the design idea for the White Tiger while googling random stuff. So it's good to start by researching other Japanese swords, but don't be afraid to branch out a little bit to get an idea for your own work. This can be something as simple as copying the aspects of a katana you like, or as complex as designing everything yourself. Once you have this idea, you need to create a profile for your sword, which is simply a outline of how you'd like the finish product to come out.

I've posted the example profile I created for this project here, so you can get a good look at. It's not that special, but it gives you a good idea of how to get started. So let your brainstorm begin! (bring a raincoat, brains don't wash out of clothing easily, haven't you seen any zombie movies?)

Be sure to ask any and all questions and 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: [link]

Part 2- Planning & Research Tutorial: <--- You're here

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]
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DaNoob101 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I know it's been almost 6 years ago that you've done this, but could you please write down all the tools (and their size) and the materials (and size too) please? English is not my native language so I found it a little bit hard to understand it. 
Thanks in advance!
Greetings from the Netherlands.
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DaNoob101 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops sorry! Right after I posted this comment I saw the photo with all the tools.
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jakrtaylo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
are you putting the tutorial of this on youtube n if you have why cant i find it also very nice work hope to be making my own when i have the time
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commanderzhao Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
NICE!!!!!!
I did a different design on my cosplay prop,
but its awesome!!!
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Bitefighter Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
29/10 29 nice is a blade inches and 10 is handle inches?

btw. Cool tutorial. I'll be doing katana in the summer already :D about 4 moths to go :D
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are correct. I'm glad you like the tutorial, I hope you find it useful when you make yours!
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Hubsika Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
sry! very and not vary
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Hubsika Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
That's vary good. And how do you do the tsuka, tsuba and the saya? Tanks for the other pictures and videos!
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tatsuhi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ok. So you know that set of three swords that the samurai usually had I beleive(don't know what to call it sorry) I know there is the katana and the wakizashi, but what is the other blade called? and about how long would you say the wakizashi blade usually is? I appreaciate you answering these and your tutorial is really wonderful!
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, I believe technically the set is only made of the two swords. There is the tanto though, which is the smallest blade. My understanding is that the wakizashi is between 25 and 30 inches long total.
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kraisec Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
cool to see new things form u capitan! thx for the videos, hope to see more soon
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, I hope to have a bunch more up soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
I watched both of your videos, nice words. I plan on getting a small notebook for design ideas as well, this should help me out a lot. Maybe if I combine my own ideas, yours, and chiokys, I can create sword in a faster and higher quality manner. Thanks!
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For sure get the notebook, it's helped me a lot!
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Ok, I shall do that soon.
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