Thanks all! Yes, these swords were made to be a functional as possible.
You gotta understand that I was a committed fan...I had to have these!! I couldn't afford the real replicas that were being offered at the time...so I studied everything I could find to try and make my own. I learned how to cut and grind the steel and make a bronze sculpture by making many mistakes... But that's the only way to learn.
1. Started with 5160 Spring steel.....cut and ground to shape....hardenned and tempered.
2. I sculpted the guard and pommel from sculpey....made molds....worked with a foundary...and assembled them in my garage.