I added some materials to the sword. Overall I think I'm pretty happy with it now.
I tried modeling in 3DS Max and came up with this sword. I actually used one of the designs from "The Art of World of Warcraft". Supposedly this is a level 4 sword, according to the book. For a first serious attempt with this program, I'm pretty satisfied. Maybe I'll do something more with it, although I am still sticking with Maya in the end.
3DS Max; Subdivision Surfaces; Rendered with Mental Ray.