Intro: Makeing a Amtgard (or Boffer) Sword.
a sensation that has been sweeping the U.S.. and Canada is medieval fighting games they are live action RPG's. I'm going to show you how to make a cheap legal sword for these games. This is my first Instructable so go easy on the negative comments.
Step 1: The Core
to start the sword you need a piece of 2" PVC pipe or graphite. the length of the sword cannot exceed 48 inches. cut it a few inches short so you can leave room for the pommel and tip padding. note: the longer you make it the heaver this is going to be so remember that these battles have lasted for at the most a half an hour.
after you've got the right size pipe you take the pool noodle and cut a peace off a little longer than the blade will be. then cut a piece about 4-6 inches long depending on how big your hands are.
after that wrap the entire thing in packing or duct tape either one works excellently. and remember that the tips can be no smaller than a human eye socket and you must put at least two layers of foam on the tip or it wont be legal for any games. whether its a layer of camp pad and another of fun noodle or just some pool noodle in two layers you really don't want to not put enough on and have the core hurt somebody.
Once its well taped you have a choice. 1 make a cloth cover for the sword. 2 cover it in more duct tape and say its done. both work so after your done don a tunic and slay your friends.