Vikings uses axes. Still do. :-) The woodworking catalogs sell them
for a pretty penny. I drool.
Frankly I have no idea what swords they used.
I make my son a two-handed broadsword for Halloween. It was a pine
blade I used a drawshave on to make the bevel. I put it in a wood
handle, made with a jigsaw, and wrapped the handle with rope. It
looked great, and he loved it.
Some safety tips.
* Very rounded edges!
* The wooden blade "tang" was inserted into the handle. If you
swung it hard at someone, the blade would break off.
Sorta. It was a mortise-like joint. The handle was two pieces, split
in half, and I cut a half mortise into the inner side.
If the mortise is weak enough, it should break off in case of violence. :-)
This was 25 years ago. I'm fuzzy on the details.
I used silver paint on the wood.
The handle was not like the pictures of viking swords. That is, it was
much wider than the blade, and the handle was big enough to be was two
handed. I think I used 2 pieces of 1 by 6 pine, and the mortise/slot
was cut into each half.
I used a jig or scroll saw to cut the handle into the basic shape, and
when the blade's "tang" was inserted, I screwed and glued the two
pieces together. Then I wrapped rope/cord around the handle, covering
up the screws. It was a very fast project to do. Something like an hour.
Wikipedia is your friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_sword. It
looks like the blades were about 3 feet long, maybe 2 inches wide, with a
groove down the center (a fuller) and a subtle taper. There are quite a
few places that make replicas that have illustrations on the web:
It looks to me like the real challenge would be the little tiny guard and
the honking big pommel.
Here's an example of a real wooden sword. When I say "real", Miyamoto
Musashi (arguably the greatest swordsman who ever lived) is reputed to
have used similar swords to kill a number of swordmasters who were
using Japanese steel swords.
You might want to see Dr. Jim Hrisouilas site atar.com he talks about
forging viking stle swords in his books I believe. He is accesible via
his forum and sometimes email.
Just remember sticks have been effective weapons before Tubal Cain. I
like the other guy's idea about the sword fitting in the handle. Maybe
use a piece of 1/8 inch plywood as a tenon so it would break before it
someone gets bledgeoned. Round the point over and make sure nobody gets
"Stabbed" with it.
I imagine you know all this but sticks aren't playthings. Wooden swords
have been used in combat. Make this thing break easily.
Sun, Sep 23, 2007, 9:51pm (EDT+14) email@example.com (ETaylor) just had
Son studying vikings and must have a sword. Any sites to see designs,
plans, etc... Not just viking style but any I can modify. I haven't got
You are on the web, right? Might try looking.
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
On the toy swords I make I attach the crosspieces by cutting through the
guard with a mortise machine and sliding the "blade" through. I glue the
guard to the blade and then drill a hole and put a dowel rod through to hold
it in place. I use a round over bit to "edge" the blade and point and round
the point to keep it from being sharp. The last one I made was lamanated
oak and hickory blade with maple guard. and wieghted hilt and pommel to
balance the blade. The hilt was rope wraped for better grip.
Blades 1/2 to7/8 inches thick depending on sword, guards 1/4 to 1 inch
thicker then blade. In the thinner guards I taper the mortise to add extra
strength but doubt that this is necessary on one that would just be used as
a kids toy. On the "kids" toy swords that I sell at shows I cut 5/8" poplar
to width (about 2 1/4")cut the grip down to about 1 1/4" give or take. I use
a section of 2x to make the guard. cut the 2x into sections the right length
and height and mortise them, then I cut the shape of the guard and slide the
guard on to the blade with a bit of glue. put in dowel (round over blade and
hilt before putting on guard). You now have a sword fit for a Jr Knight. On
the better swords I some times laminate (sp) the guard. Swords are sold
only to parents with a warning on the use of the sword,
What kind of Neanderthal community do you live in? You are going to give
your son a SWORD and he's going to take it to SCHOOL!
The kid's teacher will be fired, the principal will be skinned, everybody
who heard about this weapon will have to undergo sensitivity training. Bills
will be introduced in your state legislature, marches held, it will be just
On the other hand, you could be living in Texas where they've just
instituted trap and skeet shooting for high-schoolers.
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