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  1. Well it’s really amazing just with foamboard ? Seriously ?! Terrific !! But do you think it’s enough I mean it’s not flimsy ? You think we can do any sword with this method ? Where do you fond your foamboard please ! I’m french and I Hardly fond materials well…for example for a 3D gear ‘s sword from Snk I can do thé same ? Well whatever you ‘ll answer me your Website is amazing and Will become à great one for my favorite ! Even I don’tu understand all ^^ .have you have a channel on youtube or anythings else like that ? Well that given me hope ( i’m not à forgeron and I have no things for word with Woods 😕)

  2. Thank you, really helpful information. This is actually my first cosplay project and I’m happy to see that I’m on the right track. I’m actually working on the elucidator right now, but I’m trying to veer away from the wood working. If you don’t mind me asking do you believe the 45 degree angle will give a solid definition for the edges? Did you cut the front and back of the board to make the edge for both sides on this project? I’m using 5mm craft foam, not nearly as sturdy. Any advice is appreciated. Loving it so far and thank you for making these help guides.

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      Question, why craft foam for a sword? I would very strongly advise against that. Foamboard is not craft foam and craft foam won’t really do the job. You aren’t going to achieve the appearance you could from craft foam and the blade won’t last nearly as long. If you look at the images in the tutorial I cut two copies of the blade, cut 45 degree angles on each side and glued it together, which it needed so that you can insert the doweling into the centre of the blade.
      My elucidator edges were more than 45 degrees as they were the entire silver edge, so I would suggest to make those edges bigger.

      1. And sorry, I gave insufficient information earlier; I was posting via mobile. What my original plan was to craft the shape from the foam and then add a layer of worbla or wonderflex, gesso a few times, sand down , and eventually paint. The first test I did with Worbla was actually with a foam board core, but when I tested the durability I heard the pop of the board breaking underneath. But my question was answered; with it being more than a 45 I am going to have to tinker and see what will work out. As for the edges, I don’t know why I asked you both sides when I knew you did both pieces and put them together. At this point though I will be using foam board mainly because of the size you can get it in and being able to make the whole blade from one sheet. We don’t have it that big locally, but I can order it online. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a giant mess and I’ll try to link a picture when finished. Thanks again for all your help.

  3. How did you make the perfect 45 degree angle? And what foam board did you use exactly? I’m stuck before I barely got started.

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      I have a Foamwerks cutter. It allows me to cut either straight or at a 45 degree angle, in addition to this I use trigonometry to figure out my cuts for things like this. Thankfully because it is a 45 degree angle it is simply equal to the thickness of the foamboard, about 5mm or .1875 (3/16) of an inch. Then carefully run your blade along the line drawn on the foamboard and the very edge of it, being as careful as you can to cut smoothly. If you do mess up the edge a bit something like paper clay or spackling can be used to fix the edge (aka, if you are like me).
      I used Elmer’s foamboard, you can get it at staples or any art store. Same stuff used in kid’s art fairs as display boards.

  4. Do you have the template for Dark Repulser because I would like to make this out of wood.

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      I don’t share my templates as I like to encourage people to learn to build their own templates. This sword is a great beginner’s templating job – it has identical measurements to the blade on the elucidator, only the top/very bottom are different.
      Otherwise I believe soynut props has a google sketchup version posted.

  5. How soft are these blades? Would I be able to hit someone hardish and not bruise them or break anything? (Im late to the party it seems.)

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      I wouldn’t suggest it, you’d likely damage it.

  6. I like how it looks. I’m actually planning on trying to build this sword for ACen in Chicago this year. I just wanted to know what are the dimensions for the sword?

  7. Do you make props to sell? I would happily pay for both of kiritos swords.

    1. Author

      Hey Richard,

      I don’t generally take commissions and I still have use for these specific blades – sorry.

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