How to Make a Katana (Samurai Sword)
important thing about a katana is that it uses two different types of steel and it is the combination of these two types of steel that gives the katana its remarkable strength yet flexibility. We do the same by using two different orientations of cardboard. Second, it takes time to make a real Katana and it will take us three days to make this cardboard sword! Yup, if you want to do it right you are going to have to take three days to do it. Now this doesn't mean three days of straight work. It's only one or two hours of work but you have to let the glue dry overnight at two different stages. That's why it takes three days.
Before we start making this katana lets take a look at some cardboard. It is an important part of the process and you need to understand it.
Corrugated cardboard, which is what most boxes are made out are composed of two sheets of brown paper with a wavy layer of paper inside. It forms a kind of a sandwich. Now these corrugations, as you can see in the picture at left all run in one direction. When choosing your cardboard for your Katana make sure you note the direction of the corrugations.
You are probably going to need two large boxes for this. One box with the corrugations going one way and one with the corrugations going the other way.
So, to make this Katana, and to make it strong you are going to need five pieces of cardboard. Cut them four inches wide and thirty inches long. But notice the picture. Three of the pieces have the corrugations running the long way and two of them have the corrugations running the short way. This is very important and it is what will make the Katana very strong.
Materials Needed for this project
Suggested Materials to Decorate and finish the Katana
2 Natural Bokens Wood Practice Swords, Wooden Daitos Training Katana These 40 inch natural traditional daito are ideal practice swords to safely practice your sword skills while protecting your self and partners. Constructed from hardwood and includes two piece handguard. Please note that these practice items can still cause serious injury or death if not used properly. Two piece hand guards may vary in color.
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