Re: Semi OT - Sword blades
> From: Kira Jones <tantila@...>I haven't made blades myself, though I've converted a couple from one
> For those of you who have made convincing swords before, what do you use for
> the blades? I managed to get myself into making a gladius, and am looking for
> something fairly easy to work with. Thanks in advance!
shape to another by grinding. Much depends on what you want it for. If
this gladius is supposed to be for historical use, you'll want steel, but
luckily Roman steel was often pretty crappy so a modern mild steel is fine.
But it'll have to be tougher than that if the user is going to be whacking
things with it, so then you're into tool steels.
Hopefully, though, this is just for LARP or costuming use, in which case
Tammy's suggestion of aluminum makes sense.
In any case, a piece 3/16" to 1/4" thick by 2" wide is what you want.
Lots more about the gladius here:
Probably more than you wanted to know! Good luck, and feel free to hit me
with any more Roman questions, off-list or on.