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.
Step 1: Materials needed.
- 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.
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.
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.