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This is the second instructable in a series about how to make weapons and other equipment for LARP.
My main focus is that the weapons have to be safe, so kids can play with them without direct adult supervision, without getting hurt. And secondly so easy to make, that big kids, with help, can make it them self.

These weapons is perfect for a backyard battles or a game of LARP (Live action role play) in the nearby forests.
If you keep the design simple it is easy to make, and with adult supervision kids can make their own.

The other guides:
Battle axe


 
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Step 1: Things needed

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You will need
Sketch block
a pencil
A hobby knife, with interchangeable blades.
Extra blades
Used dull blade
a piece of cardboard or paper
a black marker
a cutting pad
contact glue
duct tape
reinforcement Tape
double sided tape
Silver tape, for decorations.
a sleeping pad
10 cm of foam tube
2 strips of cotton cloth
3cm thick bamboo, fiberglass or a broomstick

Step 2: The design and research fase

Start by finding some pictures of "real" swords. Ex. do some google search.
http://images.google.com/images?hl=da&sa=1&q=sting+sword
http://images.google.com/images?hl=da&sa=1&q=elf+sword
http://images.google.com/images?hl=da&sa=1&q=orc+sword
http://images.google.com/images?hl=da&sa=1&q=viking+sword
http://images.google.com/images?hl=da&sa=1&q=fantasy+sword

Now you have enough inspiration to make you own design.
Just draw some quick sketches. They don't need to be beautiful, it is just so you will get the idea about how your sword will look like.
Don't make the design to complicated. Special the crossguard, it is easy to make a very good looking design on paper but it is difficult to make it in foam and duct tape.

My sword will be an elf sword, inspired by Frodos Sting from Lord of the Rings.

Step 3: Template

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Now draw the design of your choice on paper or cardboard. This will be your template so be careful and take your time to make it perfect.
If you have problems with making the two sides of the swords identical, fold the paper in half and cut  it folded. When you unfold the paper the template will be perfect, and the two sides identical.
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Dovakin6 months ago

I tried to make the Skyrim steel sword, and this was my end result.
Whist making it, I used a Yoga mat instead. Because of the thinness of the yoga mat, I had to double the middle layer. I also found hot glue and scissors to be more effective.
Bamboo core, PVC piping handle (wrapped in hockey tape), and shiny silver duck tape I found at Walmart!

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morfmir (author)  Dovakin6 months ago
Hi Dovakin

You sword looks good. Glad to inspire you.

/Thomas
slindblad6 months ago

I wanted to make this for me and my friends, could you use 1/2 in.cpvc pipe to replace the bamboo rod? or will the pipe make it more dangerous?

Dovakin slindblad6 months ago

PVC piping is alot more flexible! It shouldn't affect the force. PVC piping is a great choice!

If your worried about hurting people, add more foam. Or if you have lying around, a yoga mat to do a thinner layer.

pentechguy8 months ago

I've used pool noodles for the padding and 1/2" SCH 40 pvc for the core. Noodles have a tendency to deteriorate over time more than the camping pads, but are a little cheaper. for the longer weapons (Pole arms, axes, spears, etc.) I go with 3/4" SCH 40 PVC to reduce whippy-ness, but add extra padding for the weight. I like the beveled edges you can make with layers of camp padding though.

snozzle19 months ago

nice job i'm going to make a katana with this technique

Zender cool11 months ago
cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool and how do you make it
umashadi1 year ago
U could make a ninja kantana out of this. All ur 'ables are Viking related. Nice.
Jyssa4 years ago
OMG when I saw the thumbnail of that last pic, of them up against your couch, I thought the items were resting against someone's FINGERS - and I went WTF???  Miniatures?? How the hell do you make those out of foam and duct tape?
Haha, I had the same thought too.
scistone Jyssa3 years ago
Oh, I see. LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Portalman Jyssa4 years ago
YES!!!! me too.
taria Jyssa4 years ago
you did too huh? that's what I thought, I was thinking gees he's making swords but they are tiny swords..lol
The hobbit? or LOTR?
morfmir (author)  redpepper2371 year ago
it is the same sword. Sting is still Sting no matter the film.
morfmir (author)  redpepper2371 year ago
it is the same sword. Sting is still Sting no matter the film.
OMG! This is so cool. See if I can get hubby to make something like this for our little guy. Thanks for the instructions.
We did it! Made two of them. My boys had a wonderful time playing sword fight and no one was hurt! :-) Thanks again for the tutorials. Excellent!
bethcdh2 years ago
These absolutely rock! My son and his friends have been saving up for Nerf brand toys and now they can save some money and outfit their entire class. Reminds me of my dad making rubber band guns for himself and all of his friends when he was a kid.
mcpoofy3 years ago
This is so great, I needed a prop sword for a movie I'm making and this makes a great and safe way to shoot an epic battle scene. I've got my layers glued together and I'm ready for shaping. Do you have any tips on carving and shapping? I really need this to look great.
Dr Qui mcpoofy2 years ago
An electric carving knife if you have one, makes carving foam a piece of cake.  I worked in a hardware store that sold foam sheet cut to order, we used an electric carving knife as it cuts even 6" sheets of foam like butter.

If you dont have an electric knife a sharp kitchen knife with a serrated blade works ok
morfmir (author)  mcpoofy3 years ago
You can make some engraving with a soldering iron, put the tape a little lose on the relief and highlight the engravings with a marker. Make some tests on a scrap piece of foam to practice.

/Thomas
mcpoofy morfmir3 years ago
Awesome, thanks! I have a lot of small details that needed to be carved in th middle and I had no idea how to do it, Your soldering iron tip will work great!
Dr Qui2 years ago
Impressive stuff, well done and keep it up.
amazing i rated it 5.0
5.0 thats an insult i rate it infinty and beyond you obbiously dont know kids
heat7003 years ago
Where exactly can I get a bunch of that foam?
broper3 years ago
if your wondering who your new suscriber is its me
morfmir (author)  broper3 years ago
Thanks, I will make more 'ables soon. I'm very busy right now, but I have some ideas for new ones.

/Thomas
hello thomas i was wondering do you run a nerf class?
im soooooo subscribing to u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nehi3 years ago
That kids sword is bigger than himself!
nehi3 years ago
Do you know how much it costs to get all the supplys?
Thats pretty cool! thanks for all your help, im gonna use that for my Halloween costume!!
smileys3 years ago
hmmmm.... I wonder if you could do a sephiroth style sword using this method.... better yet cloud's buster sword!!! Oh by the way if you can't tell I like final fantasy....

That could work but I see a length/weight issue with those two swords. You will have to put something pretty sturdy under the duct tape
anex4 years ago
 Good to see you are training the kids in the way of Awesomeness early.  Then when they are older they can truly be epic larpers!
seflynn anex4 years ago
i agree thoes swords remind me of the old larp swords in my group now we have new epic ways of makeing them
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I'll be sre to use THIS instructable instead of the other one I found in another site! :D
Attamet4 years ago
I made one! the one on the left is mine, the one on the right is my brother's. The method here makes really fun swords that don't hurt at all! From now on I'm making all my swords like this.
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