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Concept of sword

Codename -Mercury

My last work here was quite crazy sword… , so this time I held back while creating shape and used Katana as starting point. I added futuristic style into grip. (It is mentioned to be a brother for my prievious project - AKI Sword… . This time I had enough time so I created several pictures.

1. Main -…
2. Perspektive 1 -…
3. Perspektive 2 -…
4. Grip 1 -…
5. Grip 2 -…

All pictures are bigger. (Text is visible only when you open it on full resolution. I just dont want to mess whole pictures by text...).

Do you like it or not?

Rest as usual. Concept, modeling and rendering is mine. Tnx for comments if any.

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The biggest problem I noticed almost immediately: Where your cross-guard connects to your forte isn't flush and there is a gap in that (what appears to be rubber) coating. Dirt and moisture will seep down in there and rust the blade out, and weaken it. (Easiest seen in Grip 2)
That, and the material at that section appears to be rubber. If you're doing anything theatrical, you're going to get that piece all nicked up and rather destroyed if it's anything but metal.

Second problem, and I'd actually have to hold the thing to be sure, but the grip looks rather awkward. I see what you were going for, but the dips verses the little knobs on the peaks of the segments look rather awkward for a grip. Since you're not baseball-bat holding a sword (your fingers should be slightly slanted up towards the blade), that just seems like that would feel rather awkward to hold.

Also, more or less curiosity: The purpose of it looking segmented at the hilt?
It seems like those segments would be removable, but I see no real purpose in that without removing them all at once to access the back-end of the blade.

For vision aspect, it would be nice to see some function out of the pommel. Since with a katana no part of your hand will ever really grip the pommel as you would with a European sword, you could do something special with that, like put a small secondary blade, spike, something ornate, et cetera. (usually easiest accomplished by just having the part of the blade that extends through the grip just being a bit longer than usual, to keep the entire sword structurally sound vice adding something else on). It's hard for me to tell but here it just looks like another piece.
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John2PG Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First thing I notice is that it looks more like a Wakizashi then with a Katana, mainly because the blade isn't as long as one of a Katana from my perspective.
Excluding that It is fantastic, good work
peterku Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
tnx mate.
AnthroMan106 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I bet every samurai wants this sword.
bullena86 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on texturing and lighting. I know just how hard it can be to get the right look for a metal texture.
peterku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
yea yea. To hit right setting for metal could be tricky..... 
Cage-waRp Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice blade. The handle design is original
templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Awesome! you should see the swords of Metal Gear Rising.
r9xchaos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude this is awesome !
Thunderchild-Actual Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just serves to remind me why i favourited you in the first place!
peterku Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
lol. tnx. 
psiandco Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Writer
The pommel is making me think that it unscrews and comes off... a survival wakazashi?
The grip appears too shiny, smooth, slippery to me; shouldn't a grip be textured for well, grip?
If this is intended to be futuristic I'd consider devising a form of smokey carbon nanotube blade that is illuminated by a laser inside the grip at the base of the tang or above the pommel. Slightly tweak the grip, so that when the weapon is held the molecular edge is also a vibro-blade.
The Laser light passing through the blade could be contained as if the blade were much like a fiber optic cable...

In the positive; the blade looks perfect.
SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I collect swords. This is definitely one I add to the collection.
boningerworks Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome look!  Based on your description of what you were going for, you absolutely nailed it.  Only comment is that the grip doesn't look like it would be too comfortable on the hand.
ignus117 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Sleek blade design.... Great grip... Wish I could buy a blade this great. This unique.
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