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Benihime - Crimson Princess by JonsProjects Benihime - Crimson Princess by JonsProjects
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] and :iconchioky: for ideas and advice.
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The anime Bleach, has a large assortment of swords named "Zanpakuto" and my personal favoruite has always been "Benihime" literally "Crimson Princess" wielded by the character Kisuke Urahara. So when I first heard news that Awaken-Benihime was constructing the sword I was very excited.

When he finnally uploaded the sword my eyes widened in awe. It was like looking at an aurora borealis, you only see somthing this amazing once in awhile. The details were stunning and were all expertly placed with carefull skill. The proportion is well thought out and the overall quality of the sword is very clean.

Of course the only critque I have is that there is no sign of tsukamki. Of course since he was following tutorials on the construction of benihime perfectly this is to be expected. I had the pleasure to hold this sword when I met him in person, and I knew that the construction was flawless and this was one of the best handmade Benihime's I have ever seen. This sword will be known as the first step forward in his spectacular swordmaking future.
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HanakoUkitake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Hi, your sword is amazing!! We're also making a Benihime, and we wanted to know how did you do the triangular-shaped string. Which material did you use? How are the pieces assembled together?

Thank you!
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lacitis666 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
hi im new here and even more new at cosplays and i want to make a cosplay of urahara i was hoping if you can give me some advice or a tutorial of how to make benihime
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anim8freek Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work, dude!!! ^^
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:iconshaydezzz:
Shaydezzz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
How would one acquire this sword, or another copy? XD
My boyfriends birthday is in June, and he really wants a Benihime
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:iconconner-of-dragnet:
conner-of-dragnet Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Ah it's beautiful. I want to use the plans from that site as well. I just want to do one thing different however. I want to get tsuka-ito for the handle and wrap it. Beautiful. Very beautiful.
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thanks :D
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:iconbluelink1000000:
bluelink1000000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Could you make me one? I kid. but seriously! Dude nice job! i wish my Benihime was that cool. I gots me a crappy wooden one that i could break with two fingers
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JonsProjects Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks :D
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been :+favlove: featured :+favlove: here: [link] :)
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Oooo, thanks :D
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:iconneyjour:
Neyjour Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconkaiserrj:
KaiserRJ Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning. :D :+fav:
How long did it take you to make the whole thing?
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
It probably took about 2-3 days to make, across about 6 months.
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:iconkaiserrj:
KaiserRJ Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Thanks :)
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SnowspireFox Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
I truly believe this is one of the best Benihime's I've ever seen, for some minor details that really stand out.

Althought it is missing the handle wrapping, the embossing on the guard-piece, giving the beautiful 3D effect is just perfect!

Great job I say
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:iconanimebeliever2007:
animebeliever2007 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Student
Very good. I like the details you applied on the hilt. How long did it take you to do that?
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thanks
The hilt details didn't take long, maybe an hour or two.
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:iconkatharn:
Katharn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
epic incarnate. thats all i can say
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Thank you very much :D
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:iconfantasypanther:
fantasypanther Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That kicks serious ass.
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Thanks again :D
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:iconfantasypanther:
fantasypanther Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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:iconskeligun:
skeligun Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
exquisite!
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Cheers :D
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:iconhippobob:
Hippobob Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Amazing, I'll probably try making this sword now that finals are over and Christmas break is here!

If and when I finish it i'll post some pics.

Again I say, amazing. You sir, win.
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Thanks for the compliment.
Good luck with your build. I'd be interested to see your results.
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DarthxRevan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Great Job... makes me wish I could buy it from you.
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Thanks :D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning, really stunning!! *_____* You have yo be very, very proud of it! My compliments!!
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I am, thanks :D
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dancefloor-insulin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Wow this benihime is fly!
the detail near the hilt of the sword is what really grabbed my attention!
you can tell a lot of work went into this, it really shows!
nice one!
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JonsProjects Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
The detail in the hilt is my fav. bit aswell :D
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:iconkazuki-kunthe-artist:
wow that's GOOD!!! i made a beautiful sword out of cardboard but it broke. cardboard isn't strong enough because it bends. T.T
Here please look: [link]
[link]
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Nice. Give it a go with wood, you'll get better results.
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:iconkazuki-kunthe-artist:
^^; yeah. It broke the day I was going to an anime convention. T.T and I had to take the hilt off.
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:iconathelloren-wardancer:
Once again, excellent job! Especially the deatils on the hilt! :clap:
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Thanks, I'm really proud of this one. I still prefer it over Seel Schneider.
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Yuu-Rei Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
H'oh mai gaaaaaaaaaawd!

This is so beautiful. It's hard to believe that it's made out of wood!

Amazing. Absolutely amazing!
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thank you very much :D
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:iconhoogathy:
hoogathy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great detail! Nice work.
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thanks a lot
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:iconroack:
Roack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:wow: Very good work :heart:
Thank you~~ :hug: :+fav: =)
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Thanks
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:icontouchedvenus:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely crafts work. :nod:
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JonsProjects Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Thanks, I really enjoyed making it.
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gundamrx79 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice very nice
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Thanks :D
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stanstan009 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
i actually think its better than chioks but its a very close race. i love the detail and persions you added, such as the 3d flower symbol on the guard and the shine thats on it the only thing im kinda iffy on is the handle wrapping, it looks a bit, well its could have been bettter, but besides that i think its the best model of a ll time. it was a prety close race betwen chioks though...

great job! :D
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:iconjonsprojects:
JonsProjects Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
I'll attempt to wrap my next sword. I didn't wanna try too many new things with my first project.

Check back in a couple of weeks and see my next project, I've yet to start it because I'm away working, but I have a week off work when I get back so it should get done then.
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stanstan009 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
i changed my mind. this is the #1.
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