Wooden Scimitar

I love the lamination on the handle!!! That is really cool!


It shares that basic idea with the Kukri-style short sword. It’s a bit more complicated because I did the segments, but it’s the same idea.


This is the kind of thing where I say; I have the tools, I have the materials, I just don’t have the patience. That’s just gorgeous. That it looks like it’s only a letter opener size, and then you read and realize it’s over a yard frikin’ long! Swoon!


Looks amazing!


I’d say it was probably 10 hours worth of work. 3 hours of design, 1.5 hours of cutting (passthrough is still a bit slow, though it’s faster than it used to be and the results are very very good), 2 hours to do the glueups/pins, then about 3.5 to sand/shape and finish.

Of course, the 1 hour of cutting is pretty passive, and I left out the “leave the glue to dry” time, as I just let that go overnight.

The sanding part is mostly fun, though a little tedious at the very end as you work out the last of the scratches. That being said, if you have the wrong tools it will be a nightmare. I wouldn’t do this without a bench vise, belt sander, a dremel, a few sanding blocks and thin strips of sandpaper to finish shaping the handle. It’s definitely labor, but the end result is pretty satisfying.

I’ll also add that you don’t have to sand that much, I just have a specific way I want these to end up. I spend a lot of time sanding the grips so they feel really comfortable in hand, ymmv. You don’t necessarily need to “sharpen” the blades, though I find that it really sells the look if you do. There are corners you can cut, all depends on what you’re trying to make.


Fierce looking!
Also like the change in lemon vs banana…


This is definitely a terrific addition to your sword collection. 3.5 hours of sanding is so far beyond my patience level, but obviously it is worth it.


Well the thing is it’s not just 3.5 hours of the same thing.

First you rough shape the blade with a belt sander. You take the edges of the blade down.

Then A quick light sanding of the surface of the blade just to prep it for later.

Next up a quick sanding of the guard piece. I sand the edges first and the quickly do the flat surfaces up to 600 grit.

Then I glued the crosspiece and handle parts in place. Let it set.

Now I go after the handle with a dremel, roughly knock the corners off the edges. This is all done by eye, it’s more like sculpting than sanding.

Once the handles are roughly rounded then I go in with strips of sandpaper that I use to “buff” the handle, almost like I’m shining a shoe. I use really aggressive grit (120) to remove material quickly, I am trying to get the basic handle shape worked out. This is all done by feel, I run my hands over the edges, looking for corners that are too shape or uneven, it’s actually really simple, only takes 20 mins on something like this.

Once the handle is roughed into the correct shape then I hit it with higher grits, refining the shape and working out the scratch marks from the previous grit. I go up to 240 then 320 and finally buff it with 600. It goes very quickly now, progressing the grit only takes 20 mins.

Now it’s inspection and touch up time. Look for anything I missed and sometimes go back on grit to repair a spot here or there and polish back up. You can spend a lot or a little time on this. I spent probably 20 - 30 mins total until I was happy with it.

Now a final sanding of the blade with 320. Not going for ultra perfect here, the blade just needs to look smooth at this point. 5 mins tops.

Last minute inspection, if it looks good dust it thoroughly and then hit it with your finish.

That’s where I am now.

There are two more short steps to go: once the polyurethane fully dries I will lightly hit the entire blade and handle with 600 grit sandpaper (5-10 mins) and then add a second coat of polyurethane.

Once it dries then it’s done.

So you can see there’s no step that is so long that it’s a slog. You’re constantly moving through the process and seeing real progress. It’s fun. :slight_smile:


Oh man, now I want one!

What’s with the lemon? Some kind of metric system thing? :slight_smile:


I guess he didn’t have a banana?


Yeah, he did say that, but that didn’t stop me from making a smart a** comment anyway.


Yes, the overall sword is about 1,000 centilemons long.


Ah, the citric system.


I mean… dayum. Outstanding.


Looks amazing. I love all the little details.


There’s no need to be ascorbic about the lemon. Er … I mean acerbic.


I’m a huge fan of Forged in Fire on the history channel, and love watching people make knives and swords. But this is truly amazing. Love the handle and details.

“It will kill!” - Doug Marcaida


You should give it a shot. The bowie knife I made was a really simple project the fits on a single sheet of material.


Very nice! I had one at about 18-inches that was my “ax” for the fireplace, not seen since I moved but may be buried somewhere.


I especially love the handle. It’s gorgeous!