Introduction: Nerf Glaive
I read about boffers like the ones used in Dagorhir games, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleased to find that they're pretty simple to make.
-This one is really just a 1/2in PVC core with several layers of polyethylene foam normally used for insulating pipes. If I remember right, there are at least three layers.
-I mostly meant for it to be used with more of a cleaving swing, but it was bound to be used in a thrusting motion at some point. To make it safe, I made it solid foam for about six inches of the tip. Good thing, too, since my brother decided it'd make a good javelin when he got his hands on it.
-Most boffers are finally wrapped in some kind of tape, which I did a bit to keep its shape. But that makes kind of a cheesy final look. I had some stretchy spandex-like material, so I made a big "sock" to slip over which I painted with a sponge. You could probably achieve something similar with a pair of nylon stockings.
-Half-inch PVC pipes make lousy handles, so I wrapped the whole thing in some parachute cord I had around.
-I originally intended to make the handle interchangeable and make different weapons from the same blade, but I stuck with a short spear shape when I realized I could make it break down into a relatively small shape. I used slip-fit connectors at first, but replaced them with screw-on connectors when I realized that was an awful idea; it tended to come apart mid-swing.