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I've been having fun lately making some wooden knives, the bowie came out pretty well, so now I'm thinking of making a Japanese katana.
a friend is quite serious about his swords so I need a good set of plans to get the dimensions right.
i know there are several bladesmiths here, any one help me at all?

I've looked at several utube sites that promise free plans, but so far they all want my bank details and inside leg measurement.
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Katana dimensions

In the late 14th and early 15th centuries, katana blades tended to have lengths between 70 and 73 centimetres (27 1⁄2 and 28 3⁄4 in). During the early 16th century, the average length dropped about 10 centimetres (4 in), approaching closer to 60 centimetres (23 1⁄2 in).
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Here's a site that gives some specific, traditional information on size and length. Step 2: Katana Parts and Proper Sizing

Forarm length is an important part of this with the tang being the length of the forearm, the blade length is then proportional to that for purposes of balance and weight. The article discusses that.

This seemingly short size is a reminder that people were much smaller then.
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Tom, excellent reading thanks.

too many choices though. I see some have a curved handle as well as blade. Need to sketch it out tomorrow on some wood.
Not looking for historical accuracy, but I want it looking good.
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Tom, excellent reading thanks.

too many choices though. I see some have a curved handle as well as blade. Need to sketch it out tomorrow on some wood.
Not looking for historical accuracy, but I want it looking good.
Bob you will have no problem making it look good.
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Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
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Just keep it away from kids who will want to use it like a light sabre. Click, click, crack. Or as moms would say, "You're going to put your eye out with that thing."
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My grandkids are 2000 miles away, and wont be here till july. But i know a couple of adults i wouldnt trust with it!
Plenty of time to finish it and move it on.
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Katana? Can you get that with fried rice and egg roll? j/k How about some photos of the finished knife?
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It will be a while, just had a couple unexpected "Honey do's" arise.

Should start next week.
I'm really bad at taking pics along the way, as i work unplanned, shaping and testing as i go. But i will try.
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