So I finished it in time for the expo, and even got the scabbard mostly done. I even got a brown belt and guitar strap for carrying it around with.
All done in time for the Expo last Saturday, which was amazing.
I didn't have enough time to do all the detail on the scabbard, but I got most of it done. I plan on doing the rest of it over the next few weeks, so expect a totally finished sword and scabbard soon.
I also took lots of photos as I progressed through this make so I plan on making a tutorial soon for anyone who's interested. I'm planning on doing it on instructables.com and posting a deviation showing it off as instructables will make it easier to show step by step instructions which will be easily managable.
Comments and critiques are all welcome, enjoy.