Raising the Bar: Short Sword WIP in Show and Tell Posted July 18 yes, go get it. so to speak. Alan was correct regarding thickness. Forge to 3/8 and then grind 1/16th off to clean it up, leaving 5/16 at the ricasso. Even daos, which are light and 29" long, usually have almost 5/16 at the forte, and so do jians. It is a really common thing for a sword to be that thick and then taper down to just over .16" in the first 5 inches and then hold that for a span, and then taper again over the last 5 inches. That is for "cut-and-thrust" swords. Frequently end about or just below .125" Jians often end at .1 daos at .12" (so do messers). It is a good balance strategy. Not for longswords but sabers, cut-and-thrust double-edged blades, and such. It is a safe general idea to start with, and then you can modify from it. "