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I've noticed a lot of people making Link's master sword, which makes sense. It's kind of THE Zelda sword. Recently, however, I was looking at some of the art on the Zelda: Twilight Princess game guide and realized that I really like the design of the Ordon sword. It's very simple but it has clean lines and is just a really nice looking sword. So I decided to make it my next sword prop.
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Step 1: Supplies

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For this project I used:
-A Board (scrap from a pallet)
-A Short Dowel Rod
-Wood Glue
-Spray Paint
-Brown Leather or fabric
-A Saw
-A Jigsaw
-A Drill
-A Router
-A Rasp and Files
-A Sander

Step 2: Design

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Of course since the Ordon sword has already been designed this job is mostly done for us but there was a little problem of inconsistent detailing that I had to deal with. While looking for reference pictures I realized that the guard on the sword was drawn a couple different ways. Since they were both official artwork and therefore both correct I just picked the one that I liked the best. I also couldn't figure out what size it should be so I just kind of... guessed.

Even with the sword itself already designed I still had to decide how I wanted to build it. I decided to go with a basic flat sword blank that went from tip to pommel and add each element as individual pieces. So, after figuring out the shape I needed I drew it out on the board. I ended up making it a total of 42" long and 3" wide. Of the 42" I alotted 8" for the handle, 2" for the pommel, and 1.5" for the guard.
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The Rambler (author)  broken bob9 months ago

Haha thanks!

I find Design Masters Modern Metals Champagne Silver (way too long of a name) gives a really nice metal like sheen if sprayed in thin coats. This write up really makes me want to make a Legend of Zelda sword.
The Rambler (author)  jetpackbraggin1 year ago
Dooo iiit! Haha
I'll have to check that out. I really need to improve my painting skills as they are sadly lacking. I see such impressive stuff out there (yours included) and I'm just blown away by how real something can look with some skill and effort. I keep telling myself that if I get one of those trigger attachments for spray paint cans I'll instantly improve.
I've always wanted to try the trigger things. I have no idea if they make spraying easier or if they're just a waste.
The Rambler (author)  jetpackbraggin1 year ago
For $2-3 I really should just pick one up, but as long as I don't I can blame my inadequate skills on not having one...
I made a sword because of your post. It is a Finn sword from adventure time. I made an instructable on it. Thanks!
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The Rambler (author)  ihearmoosepeople1 year ago
Wow, sorry for the late reply on this one. That looks awesome. I'll check it out.
The square version is twilight princess: Ordon sword, the oval version (the one you made is skyward sword: training sword, so technically you made the wrong one.
The Rambler (author)  16lundgcodm1 year ago
The pictures in step two are from the official artwork on the Twilight Princess game guide. The in-game look of the sword is naturally more blocky but this doesn't take away from the fact that the version I made is most definitely the Ordon sword. The "Knight practice sword" from Skyward Sword is not a square version of this. It's completely different with a sort of "scoop" in the middle of the guard. Look at any of the cutscenes, screen captures, or official artwork and it will back me up.
Ok, i checked your right, maybe the oval version is from the gamecube version of the game, great job though. Try remaking it with a metal blade, and go hack at a tree 'til somebody starts to stare at you.
The Rambler (author)  16lundgcodm1 year ago
Haha, I'm sure the difference is probably due to the difference between the pixelated in game version and the cover art. Either way man, thanks for the compliment. Making a real sword is totally on my list of things I'd love to do!
Good work. Here's a sword I made. I wouldn't recommend mine for kids to make.
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The Rambler (author)  MakeItWithJason1 year ago
Thanks. Cool sword. I've forged a knife out of a railroad spike before but never done anything of that size. I like the way you did the handle wrap.
great job..looks nice sadly i cant build one though
The Rambler (author)  TheRoyalJester1 year ago
That's too bad, I'm sorry you've got whatever it is standing in your way. Thanks for the compliment though!
Ringer16331 year ago
would a Dremel work instead of a router?
The Rambler (author)  Ringer16331 year ago
It might. Honestly there are probably several ways to arrive at the same result. Basically you just want to cut the "corners" off the wood so that it angles or slopes down on the sides. A dremel might work, though it would take a lot of time, and might not be consistent down the length of the blade since it would rely on the wielder having very precise movements. You can also use a rasp, a belt sander, a bench grinder, or even a hand saw (you'd just have to saw all the way down the blade on all four corners).