All those things are possible with stock removal... Not necessarily the best way to go about it but, I *could* do it and I'm hardly an expert.
Hmm, honestly don't remember any specifics from the movie but if you cruize the commercial blade seller sites you can find it under fantasy/movie swords
Yeah, I think so. Still, he works in 5160 mostly and does really cool work and manages all the curvy stuff quite well. Check out http://jodysamson.com if you've never been there. Neat work. Big on lost wax cast bronze fittings. Got me interested in trying some casting. Something else to play around with since I've got the capability to melt down lower temperature metals now. I've been successful melting brass brazing rod (muntz metal) into a ceramic form. I figure its a good way to get oddball shapes from readily available brass stock. Later on I want to do pattern welded and Mokume Gane fittings but for now brass will suit.