This is part of a three sword (so far) series that I’ve explored, a 26" LOA shortsword. I’m not going to get into process details, We’ve covered them a lot on the forum. Instead I’ll list a series of skills that you will need and you can search for them.
Things you’ll need to know:
Cutting and scoring techniques
Things it is good to know:
Edge sanding/shaping techniques [search for my layered round boxes, I talk about it at length]
So it’s 2 layers of BB for the blade (which extends down the entire handle), 4 for the scales plus two thick-ish veneers. Total thickness… gets calipers… 0.76". I almost went with 2 more layers, but the person it’s for has smaller hands, so I figured this would work nicely.
Since it’s two layers of 1/8" baltic, that’s six layers of wood in total. You can see them pretty clearly in the pictures of the handle:
With the two handed sword it’s even more, three layers of 1/8" ply, which means 9 total layers of wood for that one. The blades are pretty strong with 2 layers at the short sword size, and might even be ok at longsword length,but I decided I would rather it be overkill than underkill if that’s a word.