February 2, 2011

The Real Buster Sword

After looking at various versions of the Buster Sword that are out there, I have decided to make a life size rending that is as accurate as possible. I am using the movie Advent Children as reference on size and dimensions. If anyone has a more accurate version to reference, please let me know. I will post updates on the new dimensions here as I get them figured out.

January 31, 2011

Katana

Overall Length: 33-39 inches
Blade Length: 23-28 inches
Weight: 2-3 pounds
Origin: Japan, Muromachi period -
early 14th Century


Few real life swords have as much mystique and legend built around them as the katana.

Designed with fluidity in mind, the katana is made to be hung from the obi (belt) with the blade facing up so that it can be drawn from the saya (scabbard) and cut an opponent in one movement. While most swords were designed to cut and stab as their primary damage, the katana takes it one step further by trying to cut through an opponent in one stroke.

One of the most tell tale signs of a quality katana is the wavy hamon along the edge of the blade, but unfortunately this has been faked in many ways. A true hamon is created by the quenching of the blade during the forging process. Since the traditional katana blade is made of a mixture of high and low carbon steel, the cutting edge needs to be hardened in order to hold a sharper edge. To harden the edge, the sword maker would apply a custom clay slurry during the heat treating that would retain heat and allow the metal to cool at different rates. Once the blade was completed and polished, the hamon will be visible. Some of the common ways that a hamon is faked is through acid etching and on really cheap blades, wire brushing.

Katana's were so prized by their owners that they would be passed down through generations with only the handles or scabbards replaced due to age or use. One of the ways that replacements were made easier is that the blades were attached to the wooden scales of the hilt with bamboo pegs instead of metal rivets like most swords today. This also allowed for the showing of the sword makers signature that was sometimes concealed on the tang.

January 28, 2011

Hylian Shield

Height: 24 inches
Width: 18 inches
Thickness: 1 inch
Origin: Hyrule, 1998 (release date of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

Nothing like an indestructible shield to help save the Princess.


Throughout the history of Legend of Zelda video games, Link has always had an ultimate shield. Starting with the magical shield in the original game, the one thing these master shields had in common is that they didn't burn. Poor link always started with a small wooden shield that would manage to stop flying boulders, but one fireball and it was gone. (This could really eat up the rupees buying replacements if you weren't careful.) Once he got the master shield there was no stopping him.

The version of this shield that is becoming the most popular design is the Hylian Shield. This design is the traditional shield used by the Knights of Hyrule and has changed little since it first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998. Each shield used for Link in the games since then have included the TriForce at top and the Hylian Crest underneath.
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