Being an awesome costume maker is one thing. Being an awesome prop maker is another. Hailing from Japan, cosplayer Ryo, shows off his costumes and props on his website. He makes them for a living and he does a pretty good job. Interestingly, he also shows you how to make them with step by step instructions. Besides general costumes, some of the items he shows you how to make range from simple knives to highly detailed Monster Hunter swords. He also makes full suits of armor and even vulcan cannons. All of the items are light weight props of course, made for the purpose of cosplay.
Check out Ryo’s website: Gyakuyoga How to Make Weapons & Armor