Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Ragnell Sword
I was commissioned to make Ike's Sword Ragnell from the video game Super Smash Bros Brawl.
I started with a 5/16" steel rod for a core. I cut a channel through a 1/4" thick plank of poplar to contain it.
I glued 2 more 1/4" poplar planks around the steel and cut the blade profile.
I shaped the edge on the belt sander.
Much paint and putty later I smoothed out all the bumps. The decorative piece at the hilt is carved out of 1/4" MDF.
The cross guard was cut from 1/4" poplar just like the blade.
The cross guard was detailed with plastic sheets.
The second later was added to both sides.
I didn't like the blockiness of the guard so I popped off the plastic and sanded contours to the guard. I heat formed the plastic detail to fit.
The grip was lathed from a pine dowel. I cut it in two so that I could drill out a channel for the steel rod.
I made the blade "case" from MDF and sanded it to shape.
Once it was in place, I notched the case to allow the guard to fit.
I heat formed more plastic around the case and cut the trim out.
I used a blade to cut ribs in the trim.
The sword assembled and painted.
The hilt was painted with a metallic flake black.
Acrylic gems were glued in place.
The sword in action!