A sword once wielded by a hero in an ancient age. When grasped, a strange sense of nostalgia washes over you. Take it when going alone would otherwise be dangerous.
One of the item drops you get from the 8-bit Link Amiibo is an item just titled "Sword" which is a reference to the original sword featured in The Legend of Zelda for NES. I loved the design which is reminiscent of Excalibur so I had to make it for myself. I took a little creative liberty with the gem in the pommel but I like the facets more than just a rounded stone.
Sliced it in pieces because my printer wasn't large enough. Used supports on the pommel but I probably didn't need to if you can bridge well enough.
I put a 1/4" metal rod in the middle for stability, weight and lining up the pieces. You could also use a 1/4" wooden dowel if you want the sword to be lighter but it might flex a little.
Casting the Gem
I wanted the gem to be clear so I molded and casted it in this transparent red resin and backed it with aluminum tape so it would shine better inside the pommel.
I didn't model the damage but instead decided to do it in post. I attempted to use a dremel and a triangular file to get sharp cuts and gouges in the print. You can either follow the reference material (sword in-game or in the artbook) or just do whatever. An amazing example of this technique is on most of the Broken Nerd's videos on Youtube.
Last step before weathering was to add a leather strap to the grip. Got some leather scraps for rather cheap, cut it into strips with an xacto and used Super77 spray glue on the back of the leather to adhere it to the grip.
Hateno Village Weapon Stand
I also made the weapon stands that are in Link's house. I made it in Fusion so I could figure out all of the lengths and angles before I went to the hardware store. That can be found here:Hateno Village Weapon Stand on Thingiverse