wooden and padded contact sparring weapons

Discussion in 'General Weapons & Armour' started by Glôfindel, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. Glôfindel

    Glôfindel Pickle Person

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    does any one know how to make wooden and/or padded sparring swords and if not do you know any one who does

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    well, here are your options.....

    go to a martial arts store and buy one for about 15$

    or

    you can make one by buying a closet pole (around 50 cents a foot) and cut it to the right length and add a crossgaurd(mine is circular, and 1 straight like aragorns) if you want pics, I can get one or two
     
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    the cheapest way to make them is how Gavahahas said.
    if you wanted to get a little more life out of them you can soak them in linseed oil for a while - depending on the wood that your pole is made from, it can help with strengthening it.

    and it also depends on if you are looking for something that you can actually deliver a blow with without hurting someone.

    i dont know how much of a padded weapon you want...
    but we used to make padded weapons for a martial arts place near here ..
    its the same sort of design as the larp weapons that are made.

    first you need fibreglass rod.. the thickness of the rod depends on how big of a sword you want and how hard you are going to use them.
    i think for the swords we made we were using 12 - 15 mm rod.

    for the padding we went to a foam factory and got these things that looked like the camping mats that you sleep on while out and about in the wild.
    but these were more dense and took a bit of whacking.

    you cut the foam up and glue it to the fibreglass rod.
    depending on how you want it to look it how you model it.

    and then you can either finish it up with strips of cloth tape .. fibreglass tape ... of whatever other tape you have handy that wont rip straight away.
    its just to stop the padding from tearing.

    we used liquid latex and smeared it all over in order to make a springy shell.
    we made swords and sickles and daggers and a baseball bat too, for the martial artists to train defending against.
    they were pretty fun things.

    if you want to ask any questions or anything just pm me.

    D.
     
  4. Glôfindel

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    thanks both of u I'll have to try those out

    thanks agian