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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 03-26-2014 01:34 AM 807 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2014 01:34 AM

I am going to make some “high end” wooden swords.

I am debating if the cross guard should be through mortised and then pegged in place- or made out of two pieces and sort of clamped around the tang.


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#1 posted 03-26-2014 01:36 AM

depends on how abused they will get I supposed. Clamped around the tang will probably get knocked loose and jiggle a little bit down the road. The through mortise wont.

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 01:38 AM


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#3 posted 03-26-2014 01:59 AM

They will be western style not katanas- at least not at this time.

I don’t suspect much abuse- the intention isn’t “practice swords” so much as cool geek props.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 06:15 AM

Through mortise from 2 pieces and put the glue line top and bottom, long grain to long grain. The convenience of 2 pieces with the strength of one.

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 11:51 AM

I have several wooden swords from my kendo days. I will say that regardless of build if you can get a piece of iron wood some how use that. I have an old hand made iron wood katana, that I have used to break the manufactured oak ones in half. The thing barely has any dings, and Ive put it through the ropes. Good luck and please post a pic of whatever you end up using.

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