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Yamamoto's Sword Tutorial by red-cluster Yamamoto's Sword Tutorial by red-cluster
Finally, I put together a step-by-step on how I made the sword for my Yamamoto cosplay. ^^ Sorry it's not very detailed. This is how I did mine and I like to find the easy way to approach making things(as long as it looks good in photo, right? 8D )

For more intense sword work, I recommend you to look at *chioky's tutorials on sword making: [link]

For how to handle wrapping, I followed this tutorial: [link]
Although I used a different wrapping material.

Finished product and more info on this sword here: [link]

Hope this helps people who want to try making similar props! :D Good luck guys~
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keisukeneko Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I love your work man, Can I know the overall length? but if you don't mind hehe 

I want to try it out

Thank a bunch :)
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Cheshire--Fox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH I'm gonna use this for some Attack on titan blades if you don't mind ^^ Awesome tutorial!
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HeroineSlipstream Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial! I plan on constructing a sword, but I was a bit apprehensive on how to approach it. Im definately thinking a wooden base built up with foam. (Ive never taken on a project like this before!)
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yomiu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   General Artist
asdhgfjafg this is SO COOL MAYBE I CAN MAKE MY OWN SWORDS ONE DAY.
did you ever make a saya before? o v o
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Thank you. I have never made that yet.
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mymusa313 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks♥ I need help about make a sword and this help me. :D
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks for the help :nod:
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Hoshihime Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This might b really useful to me in the future, thank you~
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
You're welcome~ Glad to hear. :)
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Alexia-Muller Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting) what is gesso? ^^'
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
[link] You can buy it from most craft/art store.
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zer0-tr3z Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
may i ask the dimensions and kind of wood you used? and how long is it exactly when you were holding it? is it touching the floor os a feww inches of the floor something like that. :D

amazing tutorial by the way!! XD
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Sorry I'm not much help...but I'll tell you what i told other ppl who asked. The length of the sword should be according to your height. Every sword is not the same length, but for this particular one, in the anime, it seem to be a longer sword than usual. If you want a "proper" length for a Japanese sword, I heard somewhere that when you hold it with your arm along the side of your body, the tip should touch the ground. As for the handle of the sword, I usually go by 3-hands measurement. That is, you place your hand on a paper, and the width of your palm equal "one hand", and you triple that width to get the length of the sword handle. As for the kind of wood...I have no idea. XD As I said, I was pretty much a noob at working with wood when I made this sword, so basically, I just picked whatever looked good and cheap from Home Depot.
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ayahchan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
awesoooooooooome !!
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
thank you! :D
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Allebasi-DING Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the tutorial! I never would've thought of adding extra handle pieces to the initial first piece... if that makes sense. Thank you though!
Very awesome tutorial, its really easy to follow and your sword looks awesome!
I'll be making 2 swords out of it for my next cosplay, I'll send you a link if you want.
Also, I'm not really up with what people expect of you on da. So, I'll be adding a photo of my swords when they're done and I would want to link to your acc. So, should I asking for permission first?
Haha. Anyway, thanks :D

Now, I have a few questions.. when you glued the foamboard to the wood, you used Elmer's glue right? And does it hold pretty well? Which side of the foam did you glue it to the wood?
And when you fit the tsuba onto the sword, did you glue it as well?
Did you seal the foam board and craft foam?
AND, when you painted it did the brush leave any brushstrokes? I might use foam brushes instead.. hmm.

Sorry for the long post! and all the questions
Thank you! :D
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
You can use the technique on the tutorials posted online however you like. Normally, you don't need to credit the source since you just used it as reference, but if you credit, ofcourse people appreciate it. ^^ You can link my account if you'd like. Good luck with making the swords!

To answers you questions:
Yes, I used Elmer's glue and it holds really well. The foamboard is the same on both sides, so it doesn't matter which side you glue it(if you buy the same kind that I used) The tsuba was a good fit, so I didn't really have to glue it since the little piece I put infront of the tsuba pretty much secured it in place. But if yours is a little loose, then i'd recommend gluing it. The reason I don't usually glue the tsuba is because I can re-use the blade part for other sword of the same type, but has different tsuba, like most swords from Bleach series. I sealed the foam board and craftfoam by painting a layer or two of gesso on them, and I sand them smooth. I didn't have any obvious brush stroke from painting. I use the regular round brush and paint them in back-and-forth swift motion like you would paint a sky in watercolor painting. XD Kinda hard to explain, but if the paint you use is a good quality and thick enough, you won't have to worry about visible brush stroke. Also, this is the brush I used: [link] I have them in different sizes, I think they're best for painting cosplay props in general.
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Allebasi-DING Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah I see. Thank you :D

Wow, that is really smart of using the same blade! You sure are a smart cookie XD
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Thank you for your all your answers! I appreciate it.

Did you put on a gloss varnish at the end?
Thank you again!
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
You're welcome!

yeah, because making the blade is the hardest part to making a sword, I think. XD Although the scabbard for a katana might be harder, but I haven't tried making that from scratch yet.

Yes, I put on the gloss varnish at the end. Usually, just one layer is fine. It keeps the paint to stay on better and can become somewhat water-proof. :)
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Allebasi-DING Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, its gonna be rather hard sharpening the blade, but not too pointy :P
Yeah scabbards would be so hard, for my first sword I made it out of cardboard and paper mache then i also make a scabbard out of it as well with toothpicks haha. And let me tell you, it looked awful :(
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EriDaniElla Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Wow, this was a pretty bomb tutorial. I'm not doing any particular cosplay, but for my Halloween costume, I wanted a personalized sword that wasn't made from that cheap looking plastic. It really helped a noob like me out! Thanks a bunch!
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Glad to hear that. ^^ Good luck with your costume.
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chii-san-09 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay, now i have a sorta guideline on how im gonna make my negima cosplay sword for setsuna! thanks!!!
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Cool~ You're welcomed!
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pEtrIfyEd-shEEp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Its cheap, study, lightweight, realistic to the real thing, and looks great! What more could I ask for in a tutorial? Thanks a lot, :D
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I'm glad it was helpful! ^^
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pEtrIfyEd-shEEp Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
^^
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chibineechan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
sanding never ends, thanks for the tutorial though, nice job
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
You're welcome. ^^ I think investing in an electronic sander or a dremel would be good. That's what I plan to do for future prop projects
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Chibiallen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Nice. This is going to help me a lot. :D I'm giving my first try into making a sword. Do you have any good ideas to make a shealth, not out of wood?
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Glad to hear! I'm still trying to figure that out myself..my last experiment with making the shealth didn't go all that well. I'll be sure to make a tutorial if I ever succeed in making one though. :)
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deity1248 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
yayz finally i can make swords at home :D though i dont have the time currently to make a sword, im doing a make shift version, do u know if there is tutorial about how to make the guard?
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
There should be some tutorials for the guard here: [link]
Good luck!
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deity1248 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
thank you, i made one out of clay but its so hard to mold ;_;
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Ranthrave29 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
I'm planning on cosplaying as the Rain Guardian at the next Con I'm going...
This really helped me a lot...

Did you make a scabbard for this? If you did, could you please post how to make it as well???

Thanks again...
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
I'm glad this was helpful ^^
I didn't make the scabbard for this because this sword of Yamamoto's never have a scabbard to go with(as far as I've seen) Although he carry a sword with scabbard in his older version, but I believe that's a completely different sword than this one. In the mean time, I'm trying to figure out how to make that, and I will post tutorial once I'm done. :)
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Raveraiser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
hey quick question! What type of wood was used here ?:0
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I'm sorry I don't know what it's called. XD I was a noob when I went to buy it from Home Depot, so I just picked what I like from the weight and hardness of the wood, I didn't look at the label for name. I think any type of wood will work, it also depends on your tools and the sword you're looking to make.
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Raveraiser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Cool thanks!! this is very helpful seeing as how I'm gonna be trying my hand at rain guardian :D
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argent55 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Wow, you're good...^_^
Thanks for making this tutorial, I think I'll try making one too...
By the way, can I ask how long the sword is?
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red-cluster Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
I can't remember exactly..I think it's about 4ft long..^^" (Sorry, I had stored it away and it's hard to take it out now in my messy room) But you should make it according to your own height and arm length, see which works for you. :)
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argent55 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Ok...^_^ Thanks for the information... Maybe I should try using my own instinct...
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niladnama Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
wow excellent job!
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red-cluster Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
thank you! <3
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
well this is indeed rare, making a tutorial spacifically for one sword eh? I am glad some people are still around showing people the carefull attention to detail to make just one sword, simply.

My swordmaking tutorials has always been used as a begginner basis to swordmaking, so I love seeing this tutorial with newly developed techniques, it is surely much more advanced then the way I teach!

Also it's nice to see so many cosplayers commenting, it would be nice to see more cosplayers approaching making a sword through swordmaking and not simply just propmaking ^^

PS: Pimping out swords is automatically required regardless of what sword has been made I agree 8P
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Thank you so much for your comment! :hug:

Yes. I have noticed there are alot of basic sword making tutorials, so I tend to like making tutorials for specific swords that I made. But ppl can use it to make similar swords as they see fit. ^^ My way is really un-neat, and I have much more to learn about making swords and wood-working. And your tutorials have been great help!

(LOL pimping out the swords is totally required. :D )
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
your right! my tutorial on how to make sephiroths masamune can be used for anybody who wants to make an 8 foot or longer sword 8D
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Asumaruu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Have I ever told you how much I loovveee yoouu. <3
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
:hug: awww thanks, hon. Hope you make some great things with this tutorial(even though it's not very detailed. XD )
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Asumaruu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I actually plan to use this to make a sword very soon. I'll have to show you the result when I'm done. : D
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