Old Tech: Constructing a stabbing sword

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This is a really old technique for making a stab-legal sword. it's really iffy as to whether one will pass, though certain makers have been known to produce very high-quality swords using this method.

For more recent technology, see Constructing a Stabbing Tip


  • Core material (either kite spar or fiberglass rod)
  • 3M 90 Spray Adhesive or DAP contact cement
  • Duct tape
  • Grip tape (NOTE: optional, used for wrapping the sword handle)
  • ½” wide strapping tape (with the fibers running through)
  • Sharp serrated knife or utility knife
  • Metal rule (preferably 4’)
  • Hack saw
  • Sharpie marker
  • ½” thick high-density (NOT Walmart!) closed-cell foam
  • ½” thick yoga mat foam (NOTE: low density open-cell or closed-cell foam may be substituted)
  • 1/4" rope (NOTE: optional, used for wrapping the handle)
  • Beer cozy
  • Approx. 2 1/2” cube of high-density open-cell foam (an Edhellen arrow head makes a good stabbing tip.)


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