I actually did craft my own "sword" when I was 16, by taking a grinder to a piece of steel I picked up at a hardware store. It's a sword in name only--it's crude, undersized, and useless as a weapon--but it serves me well for ritual purposes.
Techno--I'm intrigued by the idea of creating a scepter, rather than a sword. I've been toying with the idea of crafting an object to replace the sword I described above. Perhaps I'll take a cue from you and try a scepter or staff.