Hello fellow Instructablers! This is the first of a four-part series on easy to make but realistic fantasy/medieval armoury, which can be tailored to look however you want to suit a particular character. And just in time for Christmas too! You can be a king, soldier, dark warrior, whatever you want to be with this set, and what better to start with than the sword! It is the second least complicated of the four things (which I won't reveal until I post them) to make and possibly the most flexibly designed of them too. You can start your collection here and make the others when they come!
2 meter-long cardboard tubes - these can be obtained by finishing a roll of wrapping paper. One must be slightly larger in diameter to the other; the larger one will be the scabbard, so you need to be able to fit the smaller one inside it.
Thin Cardboard - Can be obtained from most cake set boxes.
Thicker cardboard - most boxes
A leather belt - don't worry, you will still be able to use it after use, the scabbard is removable!
Any decorations you could add - Anything you can get your hands on!
String (optional) - Will make the handle considerably more comfortable
Strong glue - I used Uhu power for this.
A steel ruler
A pencil for marking
Even though it is made of cardboard, it is exceptionally strong, and great for playfighting, filming and ornamental purposes alike, so lets get building!
Step 1: The blade and grip
Here you will build the blade and the grip; part of the hilt, minus the pommel and crossguard. Read the notes on the pictures to find out what to do.
Step 2: Cross-guard
This is the cross guard of the sword, which will go on between the blade and grip. It will cover how to measure the sizes to position it perfectly.
Step 3: Scabbard
Here you will make the scabbard for the sword. For those that don't know, it is the slip that the sword is kept in both for safety and for easy carriage. It is easy!