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This Katana was made from a wood called Poplar, not from actual bamboo. It was carved and sculpted to resemble bamboo. Hand made using only hand tools. No machine or power tools were used. Primary tools used were razor blades, Miter box saw, files, chisels, and sand paper. The blade was crafted using razor blades and a technique using shadows. This particular blade was sharpened enough to actually cut through skin. However, this is only art and not used as a practice weapon. The Habaki or collar at the base of the blade is made of 6 layers of wood using both Poplar and Birch plywood. The diamond shape of the blade was precisely cut into each of the six layers, glued together, then filed and sanded to fit snuggly into the scabbard. The Tsuba or guard, was carved primarily using an X-acto razor knife, which is a bamboo motive of stalks and leaves.


EDIT:
I put the sword in the backseat of my car and a friend of mine borrow my car... Unfortunaly this 'friend' of mine somehow managed to crush the guard. So all that time spent into making all those tiny details is gone! ugh!

Edit 2: Sold!
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:iconjinn645:
Jinn645 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  New member
How strong is the wood you used?
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:iconfrankneyen:
frankneyen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
GOOD JOB !!!
UNIQUE!!!
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:iconironspark98:
IronSpark98 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
thisw is highly impresive.
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:iconwisahkecahk:
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I applaude the dedication to your craft which is formidable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconblastflame:
BlastFlame Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
man..this is art!
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:iconlamb3rt:
lamb3rT Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful and perfect...
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:iconskye-valkyrie:
Skye-Valkyrie Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
totally beyond impressive!.......... :-)
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:iconjason97:
Jason97 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Artist
how did you make the scabbard. Please let me know!
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:icondariusdarqberry:
DariusDarqberry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I like it!
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
This is a gorgeous piece of work, and it's terrible that your friend crushed the guard.
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:iconnitaku01:
nitaku01 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
thats pretty sick
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:iconchuelove:
ChueLove Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
i want one
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:iconworldwiz:
WorldWiz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Do you mean you folded a thin piece of wood for the habaki? And in either case, where did you get such thin wood?
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:iconknitnick:
knitnick Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
very nice work! too bad that your dumb friend broke it. that's awful. I do encourage you to remake the broken part though, as it's really beautiful.
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:iconbergischerhammer:
BergischerHammer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
This is just amazing, i wish mine were such awesome
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:icongarrett-jax:
Garrett-Jax Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Very Nice, a shame about the Tsuba, beautiful design would look great in steel
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:iconazureookami:
Azureookami Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it me or do people just sart bowing to you for your skill?
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:iconsilversongalchemist:
SilverSongAlchemist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such beautiful workmanship. Very careful eye for detail. Very precise.
....... Do you have a girlfriend???
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:iconaki-chanx3:
AkI-cHanx3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist
woah it can cut through skin?! :O
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:iconverso21:
Verso21 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic craftsmanship. Seeing this has inspired me to step up and to a degree step away from the power tools. I do have a question about your tools (I may be way off overthinking it but). The razor blades you use, are you talking about razor blades like the utility knives or razor blades you would use with planers. I googled razor blades and it brought up planers. Thanks.
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:iconaztakun:
Aztakun Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Nice work!
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:icon00kami-blackfang:
00kami-blackfang Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
most people say katana's were used only for war in old periods, but the people who createded them say they are a work of art.
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:iconberndauer:
berndauer Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
great work!
is it possible to buy a new one?
bernd
from www.bokken-shop.com
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:iconnumberdoctor:
NumberDoctor Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's amazig!!!!
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:icondekokatana:
Dekokatana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Looks Awesome! That must have taken lot's of hours..
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:iconkatsumi-chan:
Katsumi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Very beautiful. I particularly like the unique shape of the saya/tsuka, and that tsuba design has always been a favorite of mine... Amazing work.
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:icondarkenember:
DarkenEmber Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I don't know quite what to say on this, I don't know if I've ever seen a more beautiful wooden sword. The details on the saya alone are astonishing, the lines on the blade are exquisite and the tsuba is a work of art! Hope that price felt fair to you, since I bet it took a lot of time.
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0Fenders0 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Why did you have to sell it? Bwaahh!
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:iconsonny-rison:
Sonny-Rison Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
That is so beautiful!The craftsmanship,detail and focus is great.I read from the other comments that you do commissions and that when you have time,you plan on creating another.Please let me know when you do.I would love to have one or more of your work.Beautiful,simply beautiful.
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! It is so great to hear someone who admires my hard work :). Yes, I do commissions. I am currently preparing this sword for an art gallery, making a stand for it and clear coating it. Then it will be going to the owner. I sold this sword for $350. I am trying to finish up my sons sword once I get this one ready for the show. But when I do, I will gladly shoot ya a note! Ty!
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:iconthe-loiterer:
The-Loiterer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Beautiful!
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:iconkphillips702:
KPhillips702 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job and awesome craftsmanship, my apologies for the crushed one. wish i knew about it, i would gladly but one, how much do they run?
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)! This one sold for $350.
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:iconarist0tle:
Arist0tle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
How did you give it the bamboo effect?
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
with precise measurements and carving lol
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:iconarist0tle:
Arist0tle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
This is probably the coolest looking sword I have ever seen! Do you think you could make a tutorial on how to make this exact sword?
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:iconxr66:
xr66 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Photographer
COOL
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:iconhiokami22:
Hiokami22 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
i must say that when i go through my favs this is the one that stands out the most because of the hard work it took to make, the beauty and how attached a person gets to their katana. thank you for the inspiration
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Comments like that inspire ME!
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:iconiikibun:
iiKibun Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
it's really beautiful, wish I had it! xD
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the comment^^
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:iconiikibun:
iiKibun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
you're welcome~ ^^
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:iconhomerii:
homerII Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
stunning just stunning
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I appreciate your comment. Flattering ty
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:iconpumpkinhollow:
PumpkinHollow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
this is goregous~
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
tyvm^^
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:iconbruce8331:
Bruce8331 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
That tsuba looks so unique, it's a shame it got crushed. Anyway, awesome work on the blade. Btw I love how the saya and tsuba together look like bamboo.
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
New announcement. The new and improved Tsuba for this sword is almost complete. I will post new pics as soon as it is finished. Ty for your comment
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gonline Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
whoa!!! (O.O)!! You've done such a great job!!

I've also done a wooden katana but the amount of details is NO WHERE near yours... omg your tsuka.. just omg. How did you cut the wood pieces out and looks that beautiful??

I used pine wood... I'm not too sure about the difference in woods but is poplar as hard as pine?
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:icondk1luvally:
dk1luvally Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tyvm for the compliments! Fyi, I'm currently restoring the tsubu. It will be improved in appearance and design. It should be finished in about a week or less. First off, in hardness, poplar is ever so slightly softer than pine but imo, far prettier. I buy poplar from Lowes in the select wood section. It is common to find various colors of green in the wood.it is also lighter than pine and not as durable.perfect for artistic crafting.
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