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OrchDork

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COSTUMES: Ideas Sword Sheath
« on: Feb 09, 2008, 04:38 pm »
Hi Guys,

We are currently working on Giulio Cesare and we have to create about ten sword sheaths. Does anyone know a quick and easy way to make durable sword sheaths?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Ideas Sword Sheath
« Reply #1 on: Feb 10, 2008, 06:16 am »
It depends on whether you want the blade to be visible when the sword is sheathed.  If you don't mind seeing the blade then a loop of leather (wide enough for the blade but too narrow for the hilt to fall through) attached to a belt is easiest.  If you want the blade to be hidden then it gets more complex.  I did an Othello where we didn't even bother with scabbards - the boys just put the swords through their belts.

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Re: Ideas Sword Sheath
« Reply #2 on: Feb 18, 2008, 08:18 am »
A piece of conduit with the end slightly crimped to form an oval, and crimped down far enough to accept the blade.  A weight at the tip will help balance the sword on the hip (often the swords are hilt-heavy).  The conduit also helps make the metallic "shwing!" when the weapon is drawn.  The exterior can be spray painted or wrapped in leather.

I've also seen golf bag tubes used in the same way, esp. for wider blades.

for really wide blades like Roman or Medieval, two boards with groove hollowed out for blade, glued together and wrapped with string or leather!

Ideally, the sheath can be easily detached and discarded, since fighting with a sheath swinging around loosely is a problem with both safety and aesthetics.

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