Taping a Sword for Heavy Weapons in SCA Fighting

sca combatYou’ve been in the SCA for a while now and borrowing your friend’s sword. You’ve wanted your own but buying the materials can be expensive online. The rattan sword from one site and the metal hilt from another. There is the cost of the items themselves along with the shipping on top. That alone can deter you from actually buying and keep borrowing your friend’s. You have been attending events hoping to find one but nothing has been found and you were not able to attend the local war this year. You have just about given up hope when the last even you go to there is a sword. Even though the sword is a bit short and the hilt looks terrible you purchase it anyhow. For the price it’s a steal and you can always take the hilt somewhere to make it look nice. Now just how do you wrap the rattan to actually make it legal for heavy weapons?

First take the screw off the hilt and put a piece of foam in it so that any thrusts you make will be cushioned. Do not cut a piece of foam and then put a cut in it so it will fit around the sword but cut the hole and then slide it through the bottom of the sword and then put the hilt back on the sword. This will ensure the foam does not come off. Depending on the size of your hilt you may not need a big piece of foam either.

When you tape your sword you need to have strapping tape to tape the rattan first and then two colors of duct tape second. Black is normally used for the back color and then a second color for the blade edge but as long as they are contrasting colors anything will work.