How to Make a Boffer





Introduction: How to Make a Boffer

Don't hurt yourself. Use a boffer.

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

Step 1: Materials/Tools

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.

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

Step 3: Pull the Insulation Over the Pipe

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

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

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

Follow the pictures.

Step 7: Do All Previous Steps on the Pommel.

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

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

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

Step 9: Yay! We're Done!

Go hit your friends with your new toy!



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

    i think you should check out some amtgard boffer tech.

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

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

    mine came out pretty good

    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

    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.

     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!

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

    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.