Modelling a sword... Should I start from a cylinder or plane?

I’ve modelled swords before and they always look very off, probably because of the topology.

Just to clarify it’s this kind of sword

I would start from plane.

this is how I usually start: ( continued in next post )…

now just some constrained scaling / mirroring / remove doubles…

… when it comes to swords, I always have to think about the classic Silo sword modeling tutorial.

Wow this is a new perspective, thanks
I was stuck modelling using the old cylinder method that the max guys use for some reason.

thanks a bunch

you’re welcome. You will want to add some tight edge loops around the sharp edges if subsurfacing.

Key advice: measure an actual sword of the type you intend to model.

Have a look here :
There’s a pdf tutorial about modelling a sword