Thanks much, using the cut faces tool twice from the side view created enough vertices to model it quite nicely.
Also, a minor editorial error I noticed on page 30: In "Creating the Hilt and Grip", on step 2, it reads, "The sword in the drawing is a bit pointed." I believe you meant it to read, "The hilt in the drawing is a bit pointed." :p
I don't mean to be a nit pick, as I find the book a wonderful tutorial, and an enjoyable read. Just giving you a heads up in case there's an edition 2.