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Sjsquirrel's Prince Caspian's Sword
Prince Caspian's Sword Picture 2
Uploaded on February 22, 2009
We found this neat piece of metal one day while walking along the railroad tracks. As soon as I saw it I thought "this would make a great sword handle". It was only later that I realized what it was. It's a thin (about 1/8 inch) slice off the end of a rail. They must have had to trim a rail to fit. I had to buy a Cobalt drill bit to drill through the thing, but it was worth it.
The blade is made from a scrap piece of white cedar we had in the shop. I drilled two holes through it at one end, then carefully cut the groove in the end to a suitable depth. I used a handsaw for this, but if you have a bandsaw that would be easier and probably safer. Next I marked the hole locations on the handle, then drilled them.
I found some small bolts and cap nuts of suitable size in the shop to hold the handle on. We spray painted the handle with gold paint, and the blade with silver paint (after giving it a roughly sword-like shape and some quick sanding). I then bolted the handle in place, cut the excess bolt off with a hacksaw, and filed it smooth before touching it up with some gold paint.