PVC Training Swords




Introduction: PVC Training Swords

Lots of people like to do hand to hand activities, but to pay for expensive products such as plastic or rubber swords is often more than its worth, especially when you have multiple players and only one sword.

In this Instructable you will Learn how to make a set of affordable swords for any training use desired.

Note: these training weapons are not intended for young children and should be used with at least some amount of protection. (If for children, use PEX pipe which can also be found at most hardware stores and is safer)

Step 1: Parts

These are all the materials needed to do this project:

1. Two 5 ft. Long Rods of 1/2 in. PVC/PEX pipe

2. Two 1/2 in. PVC/PEX adapters

3. 600 grit sandpaper

4. Christy's hot glue

5. Rest o leum chalkboard spray paint

6. Black electric tape

Note: this build can not be done without pipe cutters.

Step 2: Cutting the Pipe

To start, cut one 5 ft. Long pipe in half at
2 1/2 ft. These will serve as the blades of both swords ( if the cut is not exactly in the middle it is ok, that is why we have two rods of PVC/PEX )

Take the extra pipe and cut two 9 inch Handles.

Notice there is 3 ft. 7 in. Left over, this is for
replacement parts or a third sword if desired.

The swords I made for this Instructable are slightly shorter than the specifications I have given you because I used leftover pipe to conserve resources.

Step 3: Sanding the Pieces

Next, the pipe needs to sanded until some of shine has disappeared or the words have faded to a certain degree.

The idea of doing this is to prepare the pieces for glueing and painting. It gives strength to the pipe parts when glued together.

The edges of each pipe should be sanded well, so as to eliminate the chance of cuts or scrapes when playing.

The adapters should also be sanded so they take paint without chipping or peeling.

Step 4: Gluing the Parts

Now, we glue the peices together with the Christy's hot glue.

Warning: this glue is designed to melt plastic surfaces, cover table or do this step outside.

Take the hot glue and swab the inside of the adapters, the edges of the handles, and the blades. Make sure to wipe away any excess glue.

Let the glue set for a couple minutes and then move into painting.

Step 5: Painting the Swords

Now that the glue has had time to set the swords can be painted.

Note: this part is best done outside and with a tarp covering the ground. You must hold the sword the entire time you are painting.

First use your smallest finger and put it into the hole at the bottom. Make sure not to let the paint run ( mine did ). start from the tip of the blade going up until you reach the hilt and Repeat this process several times until the sword is completely covered then let dry while your finger is still inside. You may set the sword down when it becomes dry enough to touch without paint coming off.

Step 6: Rubberizing the Handles

The final step to this project is rubberizing the handles of each sword.

To finish your training swords, slowly wrap the electric tape from the top of the handles down until the they are completely covered and you reach the hilt. It should look something like a golf club handle when finished.

You can also just cover the hilt with tape to make it look more complete and add some professionalism to the overall look.

Step 7: Finished, You May Start Training

Now that your swords are complete you can begin your training and use them as much and as roughly as you like. With time you will only get better at the art of swordplay.

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17 Discussions

what about the weight? it should be quite light, i was wondering about make them heavier, for simulate a real sword weight, any suggestion?

That's a very good idea.
I'll look into it.

to give more of a realistic feel and so dynamics to the blade why not heat it and press it into a blade shape after gluing but before painting it would let it move through the air faster and more like a true sword

there really good but you should have called them bo staffs

That sounds like an interesting idea.

You could check how the japanese shinai (kendo bamboo sword) is built.

4 staves of bamboo, tied so the impact of the hit is softened. Handle is made ouf of soft leather, but I think fabric might be a good option.

I wonder if a PVC shinai might be a good idea....

Those are great points rimfire13, but we have found after testing them for the past two weeks the schedule 40 PVC has proven sufficient given the length and the absorption your body takes from the hit. I'm not sure how much force it would take to damage them as long as they are used in the proper way. However PEX being somewhat foreign to me, I would have used it instead if I knew what I do know. These swords may need to be replaced in the future and when I do, PEX will be the material I use for the new ones.

P.S. Your thought are highly valued. Thank you.

Really great 'ible but I agree with r-Phillip. 1/2" PVC shatters easily after just a few minutes of sparring with an opponent. When it shatters it usually makes really sharp edges and renders the whole piece garbage. Just a tip if you don't want to switch to PEX and stick with the PVC: lightly sand down 1"2 cpvc and shove it down the whole length of the blade. This will reinforce the walls of the pipe, and assuming you didn't sand it perfectly will allow for some if the energy to dissipate as vibrations down the blade instead of being absorbed. If you can't find cpvc a wooden dowel would probably work fine too, especially if you padded it with cloth or tape before jamming it into the PVC. Just a suggestion but it may help some people out with their own practice weapons. Thanks!

Thank you

Tip: You can use the line of your knuckles when gripping your practice sword to have a visual of where the blade would be.

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Thank you for the suggestion, I used the electric tape because everything here is easily obtainable at the local hardware store and this far the tape has provided the grip needed. But for the combat enthusiast I would definitely recommend using hockey tape.

A suggestion for the handles if I may. Electrical tape is slippery and doesn't provide very good grip. I would suggest hockey tape instead. Its a fabric material and very grippy. It's what Dagorhir and similar combat groups use for the handles of their weapons.

Thank you Mr. Seamster.

Thank you Mr. r philp for your imput on the design. I will certainly use the PEX in the future if I make more play weapons of this kind.

It solves the problem I was trying to get around for child use.

Very well done.

You may find PEX pipe more suitable, as it's less prone to shattering than is PVC.

The Society for Creative Anachronism specifies PEX cores for all youth combat weapons due to problems with PVC shattering, and leaving jagged edges.