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14 Mar 2011 - 19:0152310
Help me Please! How Do I Make A Katana
I need help making a katana. I need it to be cheap, cuz I only have $20. Give me any ideas. I'm open to all suggestions.


14 Mar 2011 - 19:4152314
Personally I make my prop swords from wood. You can get some decent mdf for a nice cheap price!


14 Mar 2011 - 19:5252315
Quote Ashika:
Personally I make my prop swords from wood. You can get some decent mdf for a nice cheap price!

What's mdf?


14 Mar 2011 - 19:5652316
they tend to have tutorials on deviantart for making wooden katanas so i would suggest using one of them XD


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14 Mar 2011 - 19:5752317
Thanks


14 Mar 2011 - 19:5852318
First off, I would check the weapon regulations for the event you intend to take it to, this should list the materials you can use. For example, many UK conventions do not allow props made out of heavy wood such as MDF. I do not know the regs for US events.

I made a katana recently out of balsa laminated with cartridge paper. The balsa can be cut with a craft knife and then the cartridge paper glued to one side, trim when dry and repeat on the other side. The paper adds strength and also hides the grain.

Total cost for me was about £6 excluding the primer and paint. Its light and within the UK convention weapon regulations.


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14 Mar 2011 - 20:0652319
Quote LuBin:
Quote Ashika:
Personally I make my prop swords from wood. You can get some decent mdf for a nice cheap price!

What's mdf?


MDF is a type of wood called medium density fiberboard
(me being a trained carpenter i would be ashamed if i didnt know it XD)


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14 Mar 2011 - 20:2152321
Quote theKillingDoll:
First off, I would check the weapon regulations for the event you intend to take it to, this should list the materials you can use. For example, many UK conventions do not allow props made out of heavy wood such as MDF. I do not know the regs for US events.

I made a katana recently out of balsa laminated with cartridge paper. The balsa can be cut with a craft knife and then the cartridge paper glued to one side, trim when dry and repeat on the other side. The paper adds strength and also hides the grain.

Total cost for me was about £6 excluding the primer and paint. Its light and within the UK convention weapon regulations.

I'm just making something for fun, so no restrictions. The only sword I've ever made before was paper mache and cardboard and its crap. I don't really have the supplies for cutting or creating with wood. Would this mdf be easier?


14 Mar 2011 - 20:2452322
And is the balsa too skilled for the likes of me?


14 Mar 2011 - 21:1452328
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=76828 that's a tutorial for making a Katana out of Cardboard, no idea of how good it is etc but the picture makes it look good.


15 Mar 2011 - 00:2352344
Balsa is very soft (a soft hardwood - the irony) and therefore I wouldn't recommend it for something large like a katana.

You can get MDF in pretty much all of you normal DIY stores like Focus, Wickes, B&Q but other woods work fine too. Watch out for pine though as the knots can fall and ruin your otherwise perfect blade!

Cons such as mcm expo do'nt really check peoples weapons so taking an MDF sword (if you chose to) wouldn't be a problem! Yaoi bats do more damage and they sell them there!

You can get a basic saw pretty cheap too so it wouldnt be much to get the tools you need to work with wood. Failing that if you are at college/school they may let you use the woodwork room!

Whatever you decide to make it from I highly recommend Plasti-kote metallic chrome spray paint! It really will make it look metallic as opposed to a dull silver!

I will stop writing an essay now! Hope this has been of help x

EDIT
just for an example of the paint on wood: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/37744
I knocked this up on Sunday, its not mdf but you can see the paint. Basically - cut out blade and hilt as one piece, cut out hand guard bit - cut hole in centre, slide down blade into position and glue. Then paint!



Last edited by Ashika (15 Mar 2011 - 00:37)
15 Mar 2011 - 10:1252363
Quote LuBin:
And is the balsa too skilled for the likes of me?


Balsa is what most train and aeroplane model makers use and is available in long strips. It is soft and easy to cut so you only need a craft knife which are around £2. However, it is very easy to snap, hence why I suggest laminating it as this adds flexibility and strength. There's a photo of mine currently in progress here

MDF is essentially wood (compressed sawdust and glue) and while it will be stronger and more robust, it will require woodworking tools to shape it. You say you don't have these so this is an additional cost you'd have to factor in if you go down this route.

There is also the cardboard method mentioned by Kata-san. I haven't used this method, but it looks reasonable in the photos. I'd suggest looking at mountboard rather than corrugated card if you do go down this route.

Depending on your experience, I always suggest keeping it simple and experiment.

Edited for link


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Last edited by theKillingDoll (15 Mar 2011 - 10:16)
19 Mar 2011 - 23:1752604
I made a katana out of two layers of foamboard* for my GF's Stocking costume. It's a bit sturdier than card alone, and lighter (and less dangerous) than MDF.

You'll want to seal the edges with PVA or something if you plan to spray paint it.

*thin sheets of polystyrene sandwiched between card.


22 Mar 2011 - 08:2752685
Well, here's a tutorial I found that seems pretty good. It's in eight parts so it's pretty detailed. Hope it helps.

http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Swordmaking-Tutorial-Pt-1-75236042


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