These are made to the measurements provided by the Jugger Alliance of the Americas. Play safe!
You will need:
- 1/2" rigid PVC pipe
- A pool noodle
- Duct tape
- Hockey tape
- Sponge stress balls
- Car wash sponge
- Sharp cutting tools
- Fine toothed hand saw
- Measuring tape
- A marker
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Step 1: Cut and Prepare Your Pieces
These short swords are 85cm from end to end. The blade portion is 65cm, and the handle(including the pommel) is 20cm.
- Using a saw, cut your PVC pipe in lengths of 80cm. Try to go as straight across as possible. I used a hand and a foot to keep mine steady, but a clamp or a friend would work just as well. Mark a line for the handle portion 19cm up from one end.
- With a box cutter or something similar, cut your pool noodle in lengths of 60cm. I also had to split mine in two instead of just down the middle because the centre hole was too small for the pipe to slide in.
- Using the end of a pipe, mark a circle on top of the stress balls and carve out a hole. You want the pipes to fit inside them until there's only about a centimetre of foam covering the end.
- Cut out a cylinder of car wash foam using a piece of pool noodle for a template. My sponge was about 5-6cm thick, which makes for a nice pad for the end of your pompfen.
Step 2: Glue and Tape Together
Step 3: Coat With Duct Tape
8. Tape the sponge down with hockey tape until the blade portion measures 65cm. Compressing it a bit also helps it to maintain its shape once you start poking people.
9. Cover the blade and pommel with duct tape, and then re-wrap the handle portion to cover the rough ends.
Step 4: Make It Pretty!
With all the different patterns of duct tape available now, you can fancy your pompfen up any way you like. Finish it up and go have fun!