For a while I've been wanting to make a decorative letter-opener or small knife, and it seems every instruction on the web on knife, or any other metal-working needs a forge. So I decided to experiment and find a method that allows me to make small swords, knives, or letter openers without the afore mentioned forge. And thus we have, the mini-swords.
While these serve no practical value, with very few letters to open these days, they are fun to make, and could make gifts for a fantasy-fond friend.
The images show me making a cutlass, but you can make any sort really, like the one below: