The title of the Thread pretty much says everything. This was a quick mod I created after some derping around. It just changes the way swords look in hand. If it looks better or worse, that's with you, but I find it to look better.
Before and After:
How to Install:
What you need:
Installing the mod
Open your Minecraft launcher.
Open the "Options" menu near the "login" button
Use the link in the Options menu to open the .minecraft directory
Navigate to the bin folder.
Open minecraft.jar and the HandSword version you downloaded with appropriate archive software. (i.e WinRAR, 7-Zip)
Drag all contents from HandSword into the minecraft.jar
Delete the META-INF folder from the minecraft.jar
Close both minecraft.jar and HandSword download.
Go back to the .minecraft directory.
(The mod edits a base class and requires no APIs. It was built with Minecraft Forge, but it should work without it)