Everybody must make a sword. Most people's swords will be the stick they picked up with which they beat trees and stones. Some move on to better shaped pieces wood. Few graduate to actual metal blades. Like your first novel your first metal sword should probably not be published, but it is the one you will cherish, flaws and all.
This is mine. The blade is made from leaf spring steel and the wood is a South American yellow wood. The blade was heated several times to bend it straight and not re-tempered. The handle is held on by a metal peg. The patterns on the hilt is scrimshawed. The guard is thin stainless steal and a aluminium block.