It's been a long time coming, but I've finally finished Benihime.
It's made primarily from plywood and balsa wood, with red cord for the knot, red string for the tassle and craft foam for the detail as the bottom of the hilt.
Painted with a combination of spray paint and enamel paint, and finished off with spray on clear varnish.
I'd like to thank Nic from studiohybrid.org [link]
for ideas and advice.