I got around to making an actual instructable. That's a big thing, I usually just post pictures of finished projects. Part of the reason I'm making an instructable is because this sword was actually done when I started (thus the name "Frankenstein"). Then it broke, and I decided that when piecing it back together (remaking it), I would take pictures and turn it into an instructable. The original version of this sword is pictured here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ninjato-20/

As you've probably taken from the "2.0" bit, I have another ninjato that is "1.0", and a 3.0 dagger. I'm working on getting pictures of a new 2.1 into a suggestable (suggestions, not instructions, aka pictures). Every weapon is unique, however, so it's a bit hard to categorize them.

Here's a more in depth explanation of the different "models" of swords: 2.0 swords (this one included) are harder than the 1.0 and 3.0. However, they are much thinner than the 1.0, and the blades look significantly better. In some cases. The long sword 1.0 is pretty regal, but maybe that's just nostalgia. It was Laertes's sword in our production of Hamlet. It all depends how you make it. On the matter of plays, the 2.0s make better stage props: harder, slightly, but more realistic. The 1.0s are better for smacking people. 3.0s, can be carved to look all fancy, and though they're pretty firm, they're lightweight and made of foam, so they're best for LARP.

Suggestions are more than welcome. If you don't understand something, or I missed something, by all means, say so and I'll try my best to help. Comments and pictures of what you've made from this instructable, with explanations of what you improved upon are certainly helpful. Ratings are useful feedback no matter what number of stars you choose. My main goal is to help other people make this - and maybe even help me improve my own swords.

In any case, here's my first try at making a full instructable.

UPDATE: This sword is actually kind of out of date now, so you might want to check out my latest weapon-making methods here.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Lets see how well I can replicate this... I might miss a few things, since I made the cardboard part of the blade before the rest of it, but nothing essential. In any case:

Essential Materials:
Cardboard (preferably a long piece with the grain parallel to the longer side - this makes it stronger. Also, the thinner and stronger the cardboard, the better. Be aware, though, that the words "thinner" and "stronger" are often rather contradictory when working with cardboard)
A flat wooden rod (the thinner the rod, the weaker, the thicker, the thicker the blade. I used one that was five millimeters thick and a half an inch wide)
Rubber foam weatherseal (which I will call foam tape)
Masking tape
Electrical tape
Foil tape
A foam sheet
(It should be around 5mm thick with almost invisible cells. You'll find this at an art store - I got mine at Michael's. I think it's called craft foam)
A different foam sheet (This kind you'll find in shipment packaging - it's thinner and more pliable than the craft foam, and you can see the cells. It's good for grips - so that's what we're using it for)
A spacer to make the handle the right size (I used a cut up wire hangar with around four handle length pieces wrapped together with shrink wrap)

Optional Materials:
Decorative Tape (I used purple duct tape - This is optional)
A wire hangar (for the spacer)
Shrink wrap (also for the spacer)
Double Sided Tape
Lanyard/Scoubidou thread
(for the grip)

Box knife
Pocket knife
(with a saw)
Ruler (or straight edge, though a ruler can come in handy)

NOTE: If you wonder why my cardboard blade is shiny silver, just stop wondering until I mention foil tape again. That's one of the drawbacks of having this thing be remade instead of new.
Awesome job! I would totally make one (or maybe more than one) of these if I had space...my past/current projects take up too much of my room/desk... <br> <br>also~ yay for fellow creative homeschoolers!
Thanks Ursaminor! <br>I totally understand the space issue... when I'm making something my room goes from organized to looking like it's been through a tornado. I suggest that if you want to make one of these, find an empty time frame of about four or five hours (because sometimes things go wrong and it takes this long) clear out a big space on a floor somewhere with all of your materials close at hand in a nice, orderly pile (this is something that I fail to do, actually, but I still suggest it), and just dig into it. I highly suggest finishing your daily school activities beforehand. Sometimes I'll start a DIY project that I think wont take very long and end up beginning school at like three in the afternoon and finishing at nine at night. So yeah, I suggest finishing school first. <br> <br>Go homeschoolers!
thnx 4 posting.
No problem. I figured I might as well, since it broke.

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