Over the Christmas break I had some time to to do a bit of wood working, so I decided to make a katana (I now know it is a ninjato). After a bit of searching around I found a good piece of wood, my Grandpa said it was mahogany. I used a router and a belt sander for the blade, then I took a square piece of wood for the guard, cut it in half, then cut the blade shape out of the two halves. I glued the guard in place then sanded it to shape.
There are some imperfections in the blade that I am unhappy with, and I also don't like the discoloration on the guard, but I felt it was a good job for my first freehand project.
I plan to stain it, and wrap the handle but for now I felt I would just get pictures up.