a traditional japanese sword like the one on kill bill
3 years? More like 2 years to get the steel, then 15 years to learn the art of making swords.
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Go to Japan. Impress sword master by rescuing son from certain death. Become apprentice...
More practically, it's gonna take at least 3 years to get the skills needed for this. You have to learn to smelt steel from iron sand (3 months), be able to grade the steel (2-4 months), forge weld the billet (6 weeks to 6 years, and even the swordmaster in Japan looses 1 in 3 here), draw out the shape (3 months), harden the metal (1 year to get a decent habiki line), grind and polish (another 3 months), then learn how to make the guard and hilt, learn to wrap the hilt...Plus you need the equipment-most of which is simple, but takes up space and time to assemble and use.