My second attempt at making a katana, this time for my friend and roommate
and his Albel Nox cosplay (pictured above). This one is over-sized so that it can be accurate to the character, it's about five feet long total and I have to say I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Once again, I only had my dremel tool to work with this time, but I'm very happy with the curve that I got with this blade. I had to keep telling myself to over exaggerate and adjust as needed to get the right curve. The hilt is wrapped in ribbon which was a pain to work with but ended up looking really good. Once again I did not tack down the wrapping so it has slid around a bit and doesn't look as good as it did but next time I'll be sure to put a bit more effort into the wrap. I made this sword in about four hours minus the paint job which actually was done by my roommate.
The sword is made from pine, which is a hell of a lot easier to work with than oak but personally I like how sturdy oak is comparatively. This sword hasn't broken and I doubt it will, but I'd put more money on an oak sword surviving. As for the tsuba, I salvaged a square bit of pine that was left and he provided a little detail work by adding some balsa wood on the blade side to give it some depth. Over all, I'm proud of the end result.