Modeling with image reference. Phase 1:
Here I worked out the basic rectangular elements of the sword. This idea really lends itself to a fast work flow because of that. You could say that these decisions by design were intentional to speed things up with extrusions. Although my images were roughly drawn and not symmetrical, you can make proper geometric alignings to the grid so that the sense that this thing is a properly manufactured item resonates with the sword. The next phase would be for detailing and smoothing.