In this Instructable I will show you how to make a ninjato, This ninjato will also extend to become a bo-staff with a sword at the end. If you are 12 under you should make this with adult supervision. And also do not forget to wear safety goggles while sharpening and filing.
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Step 1: Items & Supplies
What you are going to need is one 3/4 wide by 3' long piece of metal you can pick this up at ace for $5.00. 3/4 PVC pipe which you can get at home depot for about $2.00. Electrical tape I get mine from the dollar store. One 3/4 PVC pipe end cap. Two bamboo garden stakes the little green ones which you can also get at the dollar store. A rod of some sort You can find one that will fit snugly in your PVC pipe or a piece that is a little to big to fit in your PVC pipe. And two 3/4" PVC couplers (extenders). I will show the pictures in the next step.
Step 2: Building It
Now we are going to start building it you want to cut the metal slab down to about 2' You can make it longer if you want. And then cut one of the ends at a 45 degree angle, that gives it the look of a katana. And then mark about 6" from the end you didn't cut because that is going to be your tang. When you marked that spot dremel a small notch at that mark. You are finished with your blade. Now take your 2 bamboo sticks you have to find 2 somewhat thick but not to thick ones and cut 4 pieces each one 6" long. After that electrical tape them to your tang one end should be at the bottom of the tang and the other one should be at the notch you made.
Next cut out about an 8" piece of PVC pipe, then take one of your couplers and push it as far as you can on the 8" piece of pipe. When you finish that take your blade with the bamboo pieces on it and shove it in the PVC pipe on the side with the coupler on it, You just want to go to the notch on your blade.
Next cut a 3'-4' piece of PVC pipe out depending on how tall you are. Next take your rod and cut it down to about 4"-6" depending on how long you want it. Next stuff it into one end of your longer piece of PVC pipe You may have o do some carving and filing to get it to fit. when you are done with that make the rod come to a point (so you can use it as a spear when your sword is in the scabbard).
Next take your other coupler and put it on the other end of the handle. And then cut a small piece of PVC pipe about 1' and ram it as far as you can into your end cap. You should have about 1/2 left sticking out the end of your end cap. You can put that in your coupler and then hide a letter or something in the end of the handle.
If you want to extend your sword just take the end cap off the coupler on the handle flip it around and attach it to your scabbard. and when you put your sword in the scabbard don't push it down to hard because it will lock in place on the scabbard and it will be hard to take out the sword.
After that all you need to do is cover it in electrical tape and you are done. Hope you enjoyed and don't forget to comment and rate.