It needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.
Here is a look at the sword we make in this tutorial. You can see a 12 inch ruler to give you a size comparison.
This is a closeup of the handle.
First Let's Look at the Materials -
I used a piece of O1 steel for the sword. It is a steel that you oil quench. Typically this type of steel is perfect for knives and shorter swords. I used it to make a longer sword and it is quite good for it. Very sturdy and strong with some flexibility.
This picture shows the exact steel that I bought to make this sword. It is available on amazon.com:
The Handle - I managed to get a bunch of pieces of wood for turning. If you are making a sword just like this one you are going to need a piece of quality hardwood that is at least 2x2 inches and 7 inches long. Here is a good example on amazon::
About the Pommel - The picture here shows a disc of steel. The diameter is 2 inches. I have a rod of steel and I cut off this slice that is 3/4 of an inch thick. this is what I used for the pommel of this sword.
That can be a bit of a challenge if you don't have the tools to cut something like this. I have a friend who works in a machine shop and I asked him to cut this disc off the bar for me.
You do have the option of using something else like brass which is much easier to work with.
They don't sell this on amazon.com the last I checked but you can get it at MSC or maybe Grainger. Same goes for the brass.
Here is another sword. It has the brass pommel. So the brass really does look great and it is much easier to work with.
The Cross Guard of the Sword
The Crossguard is a single piece of O1 steel. I bought a bar of it. There is no need to forge this or harden/temper it. It is easy to work with files and emory paper.
The size I use is 1" wide and 1/2" thick. I bought an 18 inch length of it but only used 7 inches for this piece.
I checked amazon.com for this exact steel that I ordered. They currently do not have 18" lengths in stock but they do have a 36 inch piece.
One last piece of material is used.. That is the pins for pinning down the crossguard and the pommel. I used 1/8' inch steel rod stock. I picked mine up at a hardware store. Hardware stores and places like Home Depot will have a rack with all kinds of steel and aluminum rod stock.
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