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.
<p>beats buying one</p>
<p>Not bad. Also create tsuka with tsuka-ito for more realism.</p>
<p>Very nice. I hope you have pics of it wrapped and stained</p>
<p>Very nice. </p>
Very Nice Job (tm). What is the length overall and length of the handle? What were the dimensions of the beginning piec of wood?
Cool! Quick and easy! (and cheap)
that is amazing <br>
I made a ninjato replika which i tried to use as a bokken which broke it.
Aw that's too bad. Do you know what type of wood you used?
I have absolute no idea what kind it was i just used some wood i found <br>that was thin.
i have a wooden buster sword :D lol wood
In Japanese martial arts, this is referred to as a boken.
Isn't there two k's in bokken? Anyways, I didn't feel I should call it one because all the bokkens I have seen have rounded leading edges and I gave mine a sharp edge.<br><br>Still I will add it to the title because I guess it is still considered one.
Whoops. Anycase, for a practice bokken :) a rounded grip is more important. If you're at the other end of one, you're not supposed to let one touch you any way.
The grip is rounded but it is a bit too smooth so I need to wrap it.
Well yes, but then you might as well get &quot;are&quot; right; there are two k's in 'bokken'.<br><br>Nice project by the way.
I'm assuming you were referring to the beginning of my comment where &quot;Isn't there&quot; should have been &quot;Aren't there&quot;? I was a bit tired since I just got up.<br><br>Thanks. <br>
not a katana...<br> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katana">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katana</a><br> but still cool<br> it looks more like a Ninjatō<br> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninjato">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninjato</a><br> as it has no curve<br> <br> but i still like it and it looks a lot better then mine...
Ah thanks, I didn't think there was a name for a curve-less katana so I assumed they were both katanas.<br><br>I'll change the name now.

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