Wooden short sword

Who are you calling ‘backstabber’?! I am the Dragonblade, gift from the empress herself.

This is part of a three sword (so far) series that I’ve explored. 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:

  • Passthrough technique
  • Kerf Adjustment
  • Cutting and scoring techniques

Things it is good to know:

  • Wood staining
  • Wood finishing
  • Edge sanding/shaping techniques [search for my layered round boxes, I talk about it at length)
  • A functional knowledge of your Agrippa.


  • 1/8" baltic birch
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • Wood finish (I used wipe on satin polyurethane


  • A belt sander is really nice to have for shaping the blade. It will save you so much time.
  • Hand sanding block is basically a requirement
  • A bench vise or a clever clamping solution (Far harder to try to hold this while you do detail sanding. A vise really helps)
  • Clamps. Lots of clamps. You’ll glue a lot of parts together, but the blade is two layers of 1/8" ply thick, and that requires a lot of clamps to keep it together while the glue sets.

Banana intentionally not included, go to the third post in this series to see that.


These are awesome. :slight_smile:

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They are very nice! I was looking at what was available on the web. Texas Knifemakers Supply seems to have a much smaller array of styles than I remember but it looks like there are more suppliers than I remember. I have been thinking of building some but should have decent casting stuff available as well, however I might get there yet.

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Another good one!



Speaking of people studying their Agrippa…

This woman’s videos are really interresting, all about stage combat.