This is my sword I decided to build for my finn costume. It is made of wood so, you will need a lot of tools and patience.
Step 1: Cutting the Shape
The first thing I did was I cut the basic shape with a table saw. It was difficult to keep a straight line. You should mark the lines out with a pencil before you start cutting.
Step 2: Making Grip and Knuckle Guard
I cut out two thin blocks of wood and glued them to the sides of the handle. You will need wood glue for it. I was stupid and put the grip on before the knuckle guard. The knuckle guard was cut into a rectangular shape, then sanded into a sailboat shape.
Step 3: Knuckle Guard
If you are smart, you will put the knuckle guard on the sword before the grip. You can do this by cutting out a rectangular hole with a drill press.
Step 4: Making Tear and Battle Marks
I used a hand saw and cut out dents and scratches in the sword. The lines can be done any way you would like.
Step 5: Painting Grip
Next, I painted the grip with black spray paint. Make sure to tape the blade and knuckle guard when you do this.
Step 6: Painting Blade
Make sure you wait to let the black paint dry. I took yellow spray paint and gave it a coat of paint.
Step 7: Outlining Scratches
I hand painted the black indents with a paintbrush.
Step 8: Bottom or Circle of Sword
I ran out of wood for the very bottom of the sword. Then, I cut down a tree branch in the woods and used it. It was a thick brach, so I cut a slice of and removed the bark. After I did that, I painted it with black paint and hand painted the details.
Step 9: Grip Wrap
I tried to save some money for this step because I didn't want to buy $6 sticky athletic tape. I bought a $1 pencil case before school started and cut it up. It worked really well.
Step 10: This Is My First Actual Instructable
I love making props, but this is my first actual instructable. Sorry if it's not perfect...