Also the type of armaments
used in mideval combat simulation
organizations, such as Dagorhir
. Here's how to construct a sword that is permissible to use in such:
2 equal lengths of 1/2" PVC
pipe or Fiberglass
A Large Quantity of Duct Tape
2-3 rolls of closed-cell foam
(flat camping foam works well)
Approx. a 2-3" cube and (2)1.5x4x2 blocks of open cell foam (the squishy
sticks / tongue depressors
About 50 pennies
A large piece of cloth (your choice of color)
Pair pipes/rods together (side-by-side) and duct tape together. Secure tip of core
with additional tape (and a few coins, if you feel it necessary) so it doesn't poke through the padding
: Apply contact cement lightly to surfaces to be joined and allow it to dry to a "tacky
" texture before joining surfaces.
Glue two 1-inch wide strips of closed cell foam together, flat (just one strip would work as well, depending on the thickness of the core) and to the wide sides of the core with contact cement. Glue a 2-inch wide strip
of closed cell foam to the narrow side of the core that covers over both sides of the blade. Repeat
last step until the blade is covered with three layers of closed cell foam on each side.
Place a popsicle stick on either side of the grip with the bottom cut flat. Leave about a penny's diameter of the popsicle stick to reach over the bottom to extend the handle length a little if necessary. Place some pennies between popsicle sticks and on bottom of handle for a counterweight
. The balance point
of the length should be 2-4 inches above the thumb
when holding the sword. Secure counterweight and sticks tightly with duct tape. Cover counterweight with the block of open cell foam
and a 2-inch wide strip of closed cell foam and secure tightly with duct tape as well as the bottom of the blade padding. Remember, the pommel
cannot pass through a 2.5" diameter hole to be considered safe.
(In a pinch, this part can be bypassed with a large sock
.) Cut the piece of cloth to be 4-6 inches longer and 3 times as wide as the blade
and fold in half. Sew along top and side of cloth, cut off excess
leaving a 1/2 to 1-inch hem and turn inside out
. (for best fit, wrap cloth around blade and pin cloth along sewing lines
.) Cover blade with cloth and secure bottom of cloth with duct tape.
There are many ways to make a hand guard
from the rapier
's bell guard
to the katana
. It should be foam and safe. This part describes a basic cross guard. Place a 1 1/2-inch wide, 6 to 9-inch long strip of closed cell foam above and across the grip with a block of open cell foam between the overhanging strips
. Secure and wrap tightly with duct tape.
And there you have it.
This is only a basic sword. More complex and entirely different weapons can be constructed. Some examples are spear
s, and even javelin
s. However, all these weapons
share one quality
: they are heavily padded
to prevent true injury