Make great durable swords for play or show!
Step 1: Materials.
Solid rod. (Wood, plexiglass, anything sturdy) roughly 1/2 to 1 inch in thickness. Any length.
Tape. (I used scotch tape to construct the sword, and duct tape to color it.)
Step 2: Beginning the Blade.
Start by cutting several pieces of cardboard, each should be approximately the same size. You will enough to equal the length of the rod, doubled.
Bend the pieces at the center, lengthwise.
Lay the pieces on each other, staggered as shown.
Tape them together.
Step 3: Getting the Point.
Slide the blade onto the pole, leaving enough room for a hand or two at the bottom, depending on how long you want your handle.
Trim the end into a point.
Step 4: Getting a Handle on Things.
Cut a large piece of cardboard, the length you want your handle.
Tape one edge of the cardboard to the handle, and roll the cardboard until it is tight.
Tape until stable.
Step 5: Pommel.
Cut a long, thin piece of cardboard, and wrap it around the end of the handle.
Tape it into place.
Cut a small circle or octagon from cardboard and tape it onto the end of the pommel.
Step 6: The Cross Guard.
Cut two small pieces of cardboard and lay them on the edge of the blade closest to the handle, and tape them there.
Next, cut two identical pieces in whatever pattern you want for your cross guard.
Tape them on top of the smaller pieces you placed previously.
(I used silver tape to color my blade here)
Cut two strips of cardboard and fold them each into the piece I am holding in the sixth picture.
Push these in between the pieces of the cross guard for strength.
Step 7: Sharpening Your Blade.
I taped mine silver, and left the cross guard brown.
You use whatever color you like.
Step 8: Finnish.
I made a greatsword by double layering the blade, and using a four foot pole.