My husband needed a large sword for his Ringwraith costume, so he created a template to make a sword that matches The Lord of the Rings movie prop. He used the Witch King’s sword for his pattern. This sword pattern could be used to make a sword for any character or costume, so he’s sharing his free printable pattern and how he made his 4-foot sword.
Our whole family dressed up as characters from The Lord of the Rings, so be sure to check out our costumes here. And the Nazgul gauntlets made of foam here. Plus, there’s a video on how to make a simple shield here.
Nazgul Sword Supplies
- 2×1/2-inch boards in pine or a soft wood
- 40-inch length for the blade
- 30-inch length for the crossguard
- 2-inch round dowel for the handle, a 14-inch length
Other Supplies and Tools
- Aluminum foil tape
- Glue gun
- Sand paper
- Painter’s tape
- Black spray paint
- Rub N Buff in pewter or silver
- Steel wool
- Black leather
- Electrical tape
How to Make a Wood Sword
Download the Sword Template
Print out the template and tape the parts together. This is a large sword, so it takes several pages to get the full length. Cut out each of the pattern pieces, then tape the blade template together by matching letters.
Cut Out the Sword
Cut the blade shape (2 inches x 40 inches) along the lines drawn on the blade. I used a bandsaw to cut out the shape.
Shape the Blade of the Sword
Put blue painters tape with the edge down the middle of the blade. Then sand the wood to knock off the square edge of the blade till it is half way along edge. Flip the blade over and do the same on the other side. I found the blue tape helped prevent sanding down other side so I could get a ridge down the middle of the blade. Don’t sand between section “G” and “F”.
Add Aluminum Tape to the Sword Blade
Use aluminum foil tape and apply it over the edge of the blade. This doesn’t have to be perfect but just cover all the parts of the wood. This makes the wood look metal. The blade with aluminum foil tape was very shiny and didn’t look right with my Nazgul costume. So I decided to us a wire brush to scratch up the blade. This added a lot of cool texture to the blade.
Add Age and Battle-wear to the Sword
The Blade still was too bright so I sprayed it with a light coat of black spray paint and wiped it down with steel wool. This wiped off the top layers of paint but kept some of the darker areas in the scratches.
Make the Sword Crossguard
Trace the template for the crossguard onto one of the longer piece of wood. Then place the other crossguard piece down on table and glue the two filler pieces on the outside edges. There should be enough space for the blade to fit snuggly between the filler pieces (Don’t glue blade yet). Then glue the second cross guard piece (with template drawn on it) on top the other parts. Then clamp all of the parts together and let it dry overnight.
Cut and sand Crossguard
Add Designs to the Crossguard
Make the Sword Handle
Cut the 2-inch round dowel to 14 inches long. Using a Dremel, sand paper, or a lathe, carve the dowel to be the shape of the template. Then sand to finish edges. Then apply hot glue around section “E and A” of the grip and pommel to create a decorative design. Then apply a layer of black spray paint as a base coat.
Assembling the parts
Cut a notch in the top of the handle so that it slips over the crossguard. Next slip the blade through the hole in the crossguard and use wood glue to attach. Then slide the notch of the handle over the crossguard and use wood glue to connect these parts. Clamp everything and let it dry overnight.
Make the Sword Design Look Metal
Now the part I really love. Apply Rub and Buff in pewter or silver to the top edges of the hot glue gun bead on the crossguard and handle. The best way to make Rub and Buff work is to apply it with your finger then rub over it with a cloth to make the metal shine. That’s where the name comes from, first you “rub” it on, then you “buff” it to a shine.
Cover the Sword Handle with Leather
Using paper, measure around section “B” & “D” and cut a paper templet for both areas to wrap leather around the grip. Use the template you just made to trace black leather and cut it out. Then wrap electrical tape around section “B” and “D” so the sticky side is out. This will help your leather to stick to the grip area. Then using some thread sew the edges of the leather to the grip.
Click here to see the full Nagul or Ringwraith costume. You can read how to make the cloak here and how to make the gauntlets out of foam here. Plus, don’t forget to check out all of our other Lord of the Rings costumes here.