Quite impressive. If I'm not mistaken, this blade appears to be like an arming sword, the weapon of choice for a knight. It's purely functional as you say: A short fuller with a slight gap in between the upper and lower portions of the blade to give it greater cutting power.
Could you show us some wireframe of the models you've done?
i'm gonna have to work with 3ds max soon
is it "better" than other programs?
the sword is awesome but i think the lighting is too bright on the upper part of the sword
also, can't really place the lighting. it's from an unknown source, what i mean is that it's like it's not lamp-ish