I started with a large piece of wood that I cut and shaped into a thin strip. That ended up looking something like one of these strips (but much thicker in width):
Next I needed to nest a hole toward the end of the strip of wood to put in a hand guard. I turned the strip of wood to the side, chose a very small screw driver bit and screwed right through to the other side of the wood.
I then was able to fit and shape my second smaller piece of wood, that would make up the hand guard. I secured it in there with some wood glue.
Now it was time for the shaping of the wood. A lot of focus with shaping came toward the tip of the sword (creating that point) and design with the handle and hand guard.
and THE HARDEST PART was shaping and molding the metal to fit in an intricate way into the handle. I used a large cinder block and a mallet to do most of the shaping of the thin strip of metal I had.
I find it easier to start the metal in a specific spot (I drilled a hole at the bottom of the sword handle to fit in the end of the metal) and began there. From there, I could see in what ways the metal could flow around the sword and look nice. After much molding and amendments of the metal, I found a way to have it flow nicely and then proceeded to drill my second hole about 5 inches from my first hole, and had the other end of the metal and fit it nicely there. The knob you see on the front handle was just a wooden knob picked up from a hardware store, that I cut into a pretty random, on the spot, design that I actually ended up really liking.
AND FINALLY I was at the fun part. I spray painted a coat of primer and then silver spray paint (double coated) and really became happy with my design. After a day of drying, I hot glue gunned a leather wrap of which the hand will be placed and added some nice felt cord as well. As a finishing touch I also hot glue gunned some beautiful gems on the knob and sides!