This is a small piece of japanese culture in my room. Bokken is a japanese practical sword; this one I have is probably not made in Japan :). For realism I set a small amount of RayMirror effect to harder materials - and I think it worked good. Modelled and rendered in Blender 2.46 + some textures and postprocessing in GIMP 2.4.6.
This time the scene has only 70k vertices (which is very low amount according to my other projects ;)). Render time was 2 hours and 5 minutes.