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This instructable shows how to make a  really nice looking and sturdy swords for children, which may also be (just maybe) used as daggers for LARP, BURP, CHIRP or SLURP.

The basic principle is to put the thinner but stronger tube into the larger tube to make a “full tang” style sword.

This design makes a very sturdy sword that can take some beating. Therefore a hard stab or hit will probably hurt. Also you want your kids not to be gouging out eyes left and right, so be careful. It may be a good idea to make the tip blunt if you have got small Vikings in the house.
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Step 1: Materials needed.

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What you need:

- cardboard tube from a paper towel (if you have access to longer tubes even better)

- stronger cardboard tube with smaller diameter

- card board tube from toilet paper (not pictured)

- small flat boxes from chocolate, cheese, pills…

- glue (I used my hot glue pistol)

- something to mark with and...

- something for cutting

and of course a pig’s head, some mandrake and a human heart. Wait… WHAT?... Erm… I’m sorry that is for another project.

Step 2: Preparing the blade.

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First you shape the tip of the sword and glue the edges together (careful when using hot glue).

Usually you have more than one tube lying around so you can try different shapes.

Step 3: Decide on the shape of the blade and the guard. Make a pommel.

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If you are unsure which shape to choose or you want the future owner of the sword to decide, it is a good idea to make a mockup of different combinations of blade and guard.

Take the flat box for the guard and make a tight fitting hole for the tang-tube on one side. The hole on the other side can be wider. It will be widened to fit the blade later.

I made a pommel out of a toilet paper tube by folding it from the ouside in. Turned out to look very nice.

Fit the tang-tube through the guard, put the blade on one side, fit the pommel and behold.

Hmm.. looks good already.

jgoff31 year ago
Merci beaucoup pour cette. :) (Thank you very much for that.)
very nice, and easy
fjordcarver3 years ago
Nice Job! My son is going to enjoy making one of these, thanks.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
This looks like a really good prop!