I like the modeling. It must have taken some time but to me it looks like your every day ninja-to or katana. Extend it a little more and you've got a Dai-Katana(sword not the game).Good picture though man.
Nice 3d modelling.
About the blade, maybe you should have used a texture map instead. Blades have this distinct pattern especially on the sharp edge.
It would also be nicer at higher resolutions.
But you did mention that this was one of the first pieces you did on 3ds max, so im guessing its something you did i while back.
Can i ask what rendering plug-in you use?
A lot better than I can do with 3D.
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