Introduction: How to Make a Boffer

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Don't hurt yourself. Use a boffer.

NOTE: Some techniques borrowed from Will Gray. Youtube: WillGray42

Step 1: Materials/Tools

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You'll need
Some PVC 3/4
Some Pipe Insulation
Duct Tape
Coloured Duct Tape (Optional)
Electrical Tape

Pipe Cutters

Step 2: Cap the Ends of the Pipe With Tape.

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Take a little square of tape and pull it tight over the end of the pipe.

Step 3: Pull the Insulation Over the Pipe

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Make sure that the perforation in the insulation doesn't come undone. Leave about an inch on the end of extra foam.

Step 4: Make a Core for the Thrusting Tip

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The core there so that the pipe doesn't poke through and gore someone. The tape on the end of the pipe keeps the core from sliding down into the pipe.

Step 5: Tape Up the Blade

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Make sure it's smooth and has no wrinkles. Leave some anchors on the handle end so that the tape stays. Tightly wrap electrical tape around the base.

Step 6: Tape the Tip

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Follow the pictures.

Step 7: Do All Previous Steps on the Pommel.

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Go ahead and 'lectrical tape the rest of the handle.

Step 8: You Could Stop Here, But...

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It looks like a baseball bat. Follow the pictures...

Step 9: Yay! We're Done!

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Go hit your friends with your new toy!


Subdood (author)2015-07-16

I made a jet black ninja katana version with PVC after I saw this. Fantabulous job.

metroflamer (author)2014-12-08

i think you should check out some amtgard boffer tech.

General Eggs (author)2011-11-23

This is a great 'ible. Me and my friends are going to make these and have an all out war!

IdealL (author)2011-04-07

I'm totally going to make this for summer vacation and "spar" with my brother.

skimmo (author)2010-07-23

mine came out pretty good

Necrojoker (author)2009-05-14

I like the tutorial and you do a good job by my standards. The blade taping is smooth and you did a decent job at capping the ends. There are few things I would do different (I think I'll make an instructable at some point), but overall, good job! A side note though: It looks like you're using 3/8" pipe insulation and most LARPS require at least 1/2" padding on a weapon. If you can find the green colored 5/8" pipe insulation (Usually at Menards) your boffer would be better accepted at LARPS, that is, assuming you're going to LARP. lol

Brother_D (author)Necrojoker2009-05-15

My friends and I don't LARP. We like to practise swordplay. But I use the 3/8" pipe insulation because it cuts through the air a little bit better than thicker stuff.

Anyways, this instructable was inspired by WillGray42 on YouTube, whenever I saw his video about how to make a boffer, I realised I was horribly wrong with the first batch I made. You should definitely check out his videos about techniques for sword fighting if you liked this instructable.

Pryo Chain (author)Brother_D2009-10-24

 Mm, as one of the Knights of Gray, I can honestly say that Will has some really good stuff.  He's been working with boffers for 14 years, so he has excellent guides both on how to make them and how to USE them.

Also, very good 'ible!

Travelsonic (author)Pryo Chain2010-07-03

I really enjoy viewing Will's tutorials on boffer creation, and boffer fighting.

Necrojoker (author)Brother_D2009-06-14

I'll have to check that out. Way back when I first started making boffer type weapons we used 3/4" dowels with 3/8" padding and spiral wrapped grey duct tape. It wasn't for LARPs either. We just beat the tar out of each other. lol I promise I'll make an instructables some day. For now I've been putting a lot of work into a beta version of a LARP that some friends and I have been working on for a few years now. We hope to have it off the ground by spring-summer 2010. I'll make sure to update somewhere about it.

Travelsonic (author)Necrojoker2009-08-25

"For now I've been putting a lot of work into a beta version of a LARP that some friends and I have been working on for a few years now." Interesting, what is it about? What genre is it? Do you have a site up already?

Necrojoker (author)Travelsonic2009-08-25

Well it's about you, the player. The way we have the Races and classes set up you can be just about anything you want to be with limited exceptions of course. For example you can't be an Orc Mage since mages are a little more scientific, but you can be an Orc Shaman which use spirits and Deity based magic.

As for genre it's a solid Fantasy LARP with a little anachronism thrown in (i.e. Gnomes and anyone wanting to be an engineer can build in game constructs and such).

The site isn't up yet and life has been hectic for everyone ofer the past several months. I got married in May _. We should have a meeting this weekend to go over spells and hash out a few things there. Spells, then Alchemy are the only game mechanic things we haven't 100% finalized yet.

I'd love to show you the information we have and I hope to have a site up soon. I'll make sure try to contact you about it at some point. If you're getting notices of replies to this then I'll just get in contact with you that way or you can email me ( and I'll add you to the list of people to keep in the know.

Brother_D (author)Brother_D2009-05-15

Also, I'd like to know what you would've done different...

Necrojoker (author)Brother_D2009-06-14

Well, when I make an instructables I'll make a few to show different styles and methods of construction I use to get different effects. I must say that my favorite method is the most time consuming an sensitive method. If you're not careful you'll make a wing shape and the blade will catch the air in a bad way.

AndrewTheNinja (author)2009-11-06

pretty cool i'm bout to go try it.
I had these boffers called mashunga.
after aboout 2 weeks of training with them they broke.
which leads me to my question.
does it break?
i go for intense training and i wouldnt want to waste money.
looks pretty sturdy but so did the other ones.

From what I'v heard, boffers made yourself - depending on how they are built, of course, will outlast the Mashunga weapons by miles.

Brother_D (author)AndrewTheNinja2009-11-08

 They are definitely sturdy.

carpfluff (author)2010-04-02

good job, tall cuz.

corey_caffeine (author)2009-05-05

Boffers are a little wimpy... Try the SCA.

Brother_D (author)corey_caffeine2009-05-06

The SCA?

corey_caffeine (author)Brother_D2009-05-06

The Society for Creative Anachronism ( THIS DOESN'T MEAN ANARCHY) the dress up in REAL knight's armor and beat each other silly with swords made from rattan (a type of solid bamboo) like shown in the picture

The SCA operates under the idea of "Pad the player, not the stick". Sadly many long term SCA players that wear heavy armors have knee and hip problems later in life due to the extra stress of "realistic" midevil combat.

I love the effort they put into the things they do though. _

I'm more of a Fantasy Larper anyway.

Brother_D (author)corey_caffeine2009-05-06

Interesting... I'll read up on that.

girlymee13 (author)2009-05-09

cute guy haha....

Brother_D (author)girlymee132009-05-10

Why thank you.

girlymee13 (author)Brother_D2009-05-10

love the hiar =DD

komodoboyx5 (author)2009-04-27

I just get PVC and cut a floaty thing in halve and tape it on

Brother_D (author)komodoboyx52009-04-27

There are some tweaks to that method in these instructions, but that is teh basic idea.

Ward_Nox (author)2009-04-11

if you tape a hale of another piece of insulation you'll get more of a sword shape for your boffer (buddy of mine used to LARP and thats how he made his)

Brother_D (author)Ward_Nox2009-04-11

Thanks for the comment, but I'm not sure what your mean. Could you elaborate?

Ward_Nox (author)Brother_D2009-04-16

take another piece of ppe insulation and cut it in half lengthwise (so you have 2 half circles) take one and attach it to the boffer which ever way you want the 'edge" of the boffer sword to be (repeat on the other side if you are making a duel edged weapon) this has 2 advantages 1 it looks more like a sword and 2 it gives you distinct ways to strike edged and blunt

Brother_D (author)Ward_Nox2009-04-16

Ah. I see. Great idea.

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