My fifth katana, and what I consider to be my best yet.
This is Shigure Kintoki, the katana used by Yamamoto Takeshi in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Made in time for the first of many Yamamoto cosplays - Choice!Yamamoto for October Expo 2010.
I learned from my mistake of not using balsa on the hilt with Kyoka Suigetsu, and used it again this time - taking more time and being careful with the wood filler though. Turned out nicely, smoothest yet methinks.
This was also my hardest sword yet - the balsa I used for the details on the tsuba is too thick to cut into those intricate wee shapes easily, that took me a few days. Next time I'm gonna get 1mm thick balsa wood instead of 3mm. Should be a lot easier to work with. Also the little swallow pattern on the bottom of the blade was a turd and a half to cut out on the masking tape. ><; But also turned out pretty nicely I reckon!