How do i put a handle on a fiberglass rod?

i have a large fiberglass rod about 3/4 of an thick one way, and an inch and a half the other, ye-shaped, with stainless steel wires down the points of the eye shape. it's about three feet long, and has a 3/8" hole bored about 5 inches into one end. what would be the best way to attach a handle to the bored end? i am looking to make a sortof sword out of it. my dad reccomends using a threaded rod, and threading the inside of the hole, with a wooden handle, but i'm concerned that a threaded rod would be prone to breaking, like a budK sword, and i would really like to be able to use it for combat, since i have two of them. does anyone have any ideas about how to make the handle as sturdy as possible?

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randomhat8 years ago
It doesn't really matter what you use to form the hilt of this 'sword'. Using a threaded rod, as long as the threads aren't much bigger, won't crack the handle. The problem would be actually using the sword for combat, even though it's fiberglass and it's hitting another fiberglass sword, it might not survive combat to begin with. My father's a fiberglass boat maker, and I know for a fact that something small like a fiberglass panel, unless it's over an inch thick, and even then, can be broken with a good hit(or a whack with a bat). Using a threaded rod will just ensure that it doesn't slip out, dislodge or misalign, and I would recommend using one. I'd also recommend using some resin as a glue at that middle point. But creating a sturdy cross section cover. I believe they're called pommels, but I can't remember right now. If you look at broadswords, they have that round knob in the middle where the handle meets the blade. It's for stability, but also a counter weight for the actual weight of the sword blade itself. An eyeshapped blade, even thicker at the handle, still weighs more one the 'eye' of the blade, and you'll just exhaust yourself if you don't balance the sword properly.
cyc4015 (author)  randomhat8 years ago
Thanks for your response! however,I feel like i may not have described the rod effectively, it's a Solid piece of fiberglass, the entirety of the blade is resin with loose fibers mixed in, it's VERY durable, as it was used to measure the flow of water running across it in gigantic pipes. i think the blade was supposed to stick straight into these pipes as the water rushed past, which means it can definitely handle the stress. what i am most concerned about is a proper hilt and the sturdiest way to build a tang. i know that a normal sword (or at least a good one) has a solid section of the blade metal running all the way through the handle, which is full tang, and the strongest type of handle possible. However, because of the way this blade is made, that is not possible, so i am trying to find an alternative solution.
I know the kind that your talking about. But the force of the water brushes down along the wires you mentioned earlier, aerodynamics work the same with air as they do with water. Against the 'cutting edge' compared to against the 'face of the blade' are different things. You have to remember, when your using it as a sword, it'll take the force of impact in one place along the blade edge, or against the flat of the blade, not dispersed along an arch like method. I would still be concerned about it breaking. It should withstand to play and mock fighting. But seriously going at it isn't recommended. What you can do, is make a pair of 'wings' that screw onto the ends of the forementioned threaded rod. And then have a 'pommel' section that goes right over the handle in the middle, and securely screws into the 'wings'.
cyc4015 (author)  randomhat8 years ago
I think i get what you mean, sortof extending the handle across a small bit of the blade, right? to grip it a little bit? if I'm getting this right, that sounds like a pretty good idea, if i'm getting it wrong, it's probably still a good idea, that i don't get ~_~ either way, thanks for the advice, my brother got them from a friend and we have been making jokes about using them as zombie smashers, so they're not likely to see any actual use. :)
Yeah, your getting it right. It's like putting a brace or a clamp across the handle to form the actual hilt. You could also form the hilt into two mirror halves that sit on the handle with the rod as structure. Sandwhiching the handle and rod between them.