|Project by Chris Moellering||posted 03-07-2011 01:02 AM||1717 views||7 times favorited||2 comments|
I made this one a little over 6 years ago. My son was almost 4 and in love with swords. (What boy isn’t?) He would go through plastic ones like candy. My goal: make a sword that will last.
I used a hardwood dowel about 1” in diameter. I drilled 2 small holes in the handle to thread the “550” cord through for the handle wrapping. The hand guard is a piece of plywood. It floats a bit and is held in place by the hand wrapping and the electrical tape wrapped around the “blade.” This keeps the blade from splintering. I have re-taped it probably about 3 times in the intervening 6 years.
The shield is plywood, with black appliance connection hose cut and fit over the edge. Holes drilled around the edge accommodate the lacing of it on with more 550 cord. The Eagle design I found on line and printed off. Then I transferred it to the stained shield with pencil and then painted it. There is a simple metal handle bolted to it and a fabric piece that the arm slides through.
The first picture is a current one, the one with my son in it is Christmas day 2004 when he received it.
6 years now, it still is going strong. It’s getting a little small for him now, but still comes out regularly for combat. If it’s survived him this long, I think it will make it the long run. (It’s been left outside in snow and rain, he’s attacked trees and playground equipment with it….you name it!)
-- Grace & peace, Chris+