Nervous about strength of sword

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#1 CarolBear on 1 year ago

So I made my sword all from wood into a blade, the hilt, and the hand guard basically. And my friend suggested using premium PL caulking because it's one of the strongest glues for wood but the drying process takes a while and if you move it before it's dry then I could wreck it. But my bf was helping me put on the caulking and mentioned that he thinks it might be a lot of weight for my handle (currently glueing the hilt/handle to the top of the blade) so now I'm stressed out because it took so much work to sand down the blade and make everything and paint it all but I'm worried it Will snap off now where the handle and blade meet. And I can't really put anything inside it to reinforce it now because the caulking is already on there drying. But I am putting on an extra piece on both sides where the blade and handle meet to cover up the points where they connect cause I thought it would look cleaner that way. Do you think that might help the strength of it? Or Did I screw up and should restart? Oh and side note, my con is a week away

Thanks for your opinions and tips

#2 Penlowe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE]Did I screw up and should restart?[/QUOTE]
Maybe... Your reinforcing strips will help but unfortunately the go the wrong way.

The fact that there is a glued seam is the flaw. Knowing there's a weakness though, you can treat it as such and handle your sword from the blade and not the handle as much as possible. Like only for pictures hold it by the handle, otherwise all movement and such, hold the blade.

Random Information on Making Weapons:
All swords have a piece called a tang, which is part of the same metal the blade is made from that extends into the handle. The handle is built up around the tang. Good kitchen knives do too and sometimes you can see it.
See the line of metal around the handles? That's the tang. [url][/url]

Essentially, the tang makes it so that the weight, strength, and thus control of the blade is in your hands in an uninterrupted line.