A little over a decade ago I bought a katana (from Harbor Freight of all places).
The steel was pretty good, but the handle was meep. It broke off in...
...Well, it broke.
So I shaved some of the cutting edge off to make more handle and turned it into a cavalry saber:
It then sat in my room for years as a "get up to check on that noise" instrument.
I've been thinking though;
A long sword is a meep-poor home defense weapon.
(Before you start in on bringing a knife to a gun fight, YES I have a gun for the noises that sound especially urgent.)
Anyway for casual intruders, a saber with a short handle that gives you no leverage is no good since you'll need room to swing it.
Therefore I'm changing it back into a Katana.
More of a wakizashi, really. (The whole thing is 34" long.)
The steel is still good enough to strip the teeth off a hacksaw blade:
So I use my trusty edge grinder to shave the blade up a bit to give myself 9" of handle and 25" of blade:
I have a thing for the old hammer handles that were made by stacking leather disks.
Those things were tight-fitting and lasted ages.
I'm gonna do that again.
Now to find a design for the meep.....