A katana is a Japanese ninja sword and is more commonly known as the samurai. This sword originated with the Japanese. Long ago, the katana was a single-edged sword, but now there are different styles of katana swords. The katana has a curved blade. It is slender and has a long grip so that it can be used with both hands. Japanese warriors used this sword so that they can be battle ready at all times.
There are a lot of collectors who look for cheap swords. A katana can be seen on display in houses or Asian restaurants. If you want a katana for display in your home, you don’t have to purchase one. You can just make your own wooden katana.
Here are the steps on how you can make your own wooden katana:
- Materials. The materials that you will need for this do-it-yourself project are a long wooden block, a pencil, sandpaper, silver spray paint, black spray paint, wood glue and a wood cutter. If you are not familiar with how to use an electric wood cutter, it is best to have someone do the cutting for you so that you won’t get into an accident.
- Outline of the Katana. The first thing you have to do is to draw an outline of the blade of the katana on the wooden block. This will be your guide when you cut the wood. If you want, you can look at pictures of swords online so that you can get an idea on what the shape of the blade looks like.
- Cut Outline. When you are happy with the shape of the blade, you can cut it using the wood cutter. Remember that a katana has a slim blade so you may have to cut the blade of the katana on all four sides. Don’t worry if the cutting of the blade is not smooth.
- Sanding. Use the sandpaper to polish the surface of the wood. Gently sand all the sides of the blade and make sure that there are no wooden parts that may cut your finger. After sanding, set aside the blade.
- Habaki. The next thing you will have to do is the habaki. The habaki is the piece of metal that is located at the bottom of the blade. This separates the blade from the handle of the katana. You can create your own shape for the habaki using sheet metal. Create a hole in the middle so that you can slide the habaki through the blade of your katana.
- Handle. You can use the pieces of wood left over from the blade to create the handle of the katana. Draw an outline and cut it with the wood cutter. The handle should be thicker that the blade so you can have a good grip.
- Finishing. Spray paint the blade with silver and the handle with black. After the paint has dried, you can attach all the parts together with the use of the wooden glue.
These are the steps on how you can make your own wooden katana. You can do this project to have props for your Halloween costume or you can also display it in your home. You can also browse different websites for swords for sale. You can purchase a katana, a Sanyo, a Hanwei or a Wakizahshi.