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UPDATE: This sword is actually kind of out of date now, so you might want to check out my latest weapon-making methods here.
ursaminor2 years ago
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...

also~ yay for fellow creative homeschoolers!
Sadi789 (author)  ursaminor2 years ago
Thanks Ursaminor!
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.

Go homeschoolers!
hats99942 years ago
thnx 4 posting.
Sadi789 (author)  hats99942 years ago
No problem. I figured I might as well, since it broke.