How to Make a Sword





Introduction: How to Make a Sword

DISCLAIMER:  Make a sword at your own risk!  I'm just showing you how I did it--not saying you should follow my methods.  I certainly think you should use personal protective equipment (PPE), and follow safe tool use precautions.

 I didn't know ANYTHING about making a sword, and I don't claim to know much more now.  I know that a real sword is forged and advanced blacksmithing and forging skills are required for creating a real sword.

Mine, on the other hand, is based on a hybrid European two-handed double-edged broadsword made from crappy mild steel (low carbon content), and it isn't tempered or anything.  At best, this is purely decorative. 

But, it was FUN to make!

That said, I think it could probably at least be stowed away as a weapon to hack up zombies, should some apocalyptic event should occur.

Hope you like it.  More videos to come!

--Jason Sipe



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    That is awesome!

    This is really neat. I cannot wait to get started on this project.

    What do you call that thing that you used for cutting the metal?

    That is an angle grinder with a zip disc--a really thin abrasive disc. I polish it up with a flapper disc--basically that is a disc made up of flaps of sandpaper.

    it's easy.take a metal ruler,then SHARPEN IT.and it's done

    Awesome! I've gotta say this video was straightforward and simple, which is what works for me and alot of other people who want to give a hobby like this a try without investing time and money into making their own forge. Good video!

    P.S. It makes me so happy that Pfred cited Rambo, vikings, and PBS. Many kudos to you sir!

    That looks like a very nice Sword and it was very cool of you that you let us know that you are not a Professional Swordmaker. Your video still could provide someone,somewhere with a simple,capable,Inexpensive and effective means of making a sword/knife for survival/simple cutting jobs in case an apocalyptic event occurs and swords/knifes become worth more than their weight in gold overnight due to economic collapse. I've always wanted to make a sword .Have you seen the video of the guy who made the "Ulfberht" Viking Sword ?

    It was OK but Rambo taught me to make my expedient bladed weapons out of old vehicle leaf springs. Spring steel is choice material for such.

    I also do not think you made the tang of your sword right. Your error there will likely cause you difficulties securing your cross guard. What you're making is more of a machete than a sword.

    Traditionally the tang of a sword acts like a rivet (a capstan rivet), axial to the weapon, and the pommel is like a fastening washer,squeezing and holding the grip to the cross guard.

    Real swords are actually quite cunning bits of art. Their simple design is a large part of their attraction. Quite literally to the point objects.

    BTW, it is always a better policy to outpace shambling zombies than it is to stop and hack at them.

    don't mean to be that guy, but not quite right. a tang can be made many different ways for many different purposes. the one you are thinking of is called hidden tang, and works well for smaller swords and knives. he has created a full-tang blade, which offers more strength throughout the hilt. in this case, he would do well to peen the crossguard directly to the tang, and then cut the hilt scales to fit. add a leather grip wrapping and voila!

    You would do well not to try to guess my thoughts. Apparently what I was referring to works rather well for the largest of swords. (explore the link supplied below)

    He would do well to do some rudimentary research into the traditional sword form. This page illustrates what swords are like:

    It is enough to see the shape and how various parts relate to each other at least. There you go 1,000 years of swords. They're all made basically the same.