posted on Jul, 4 2010 @ 02:33 PM
Don't laugh too much but I came up with the perfect sword for virtually no money. You could call it the "Situation-X Sword". Not only is it's
cheapness a possible virtue, but the fact that it's crude and ugly and made with minimal skill means nobody would ever steal it for its looks. I know
it's how I'd make it, because the ability to make it already exists in my skill set (as well as the majority of people that don't have specialized
metalworking trade skills.)
I pondered over and imagined what would make an interesting weapon in bad times and came up with the idea of making a pair of really crude short
swords from an old rotary lawnmower blade. (You'd probably want a large diameter lawn tractor blade, but some big knives yielded from a push mower
blade may be handy too.) Once the blade is removed from a lawnmower you'd cut a notch near the middle and halfway across, up the length in the middle
and then another notch all the way across. (This could be done either with a spiral cut metal hacksaw, cutting torch, or some rotary tool.) Once the
pieces separate you'd have a narrower handle tang area. Put some wood around or weld something to the handle tang bit, wrap with rope or leather, and
now you have two blades that can be left squared like a machete, rouded to a point at the tip, or filed to an edge on both sides and pointed.
Now how is it best? In a SHTF scenario, finding a lawnmower blade doesn't seem too terribly hard. In many places, it's actually quite easy. Also
there's no need for forging or blacksmithing (or the more refined swordsmithing) knowhow. Cut, file, and hone, that's all. Now it may not be
anywhere good as a traditional sword in keeping an edge, it's only a half lawnmower blade in reach, but the tradeoff for some softness in the metal
is that it's going to be highly resilient. If the blade material can slam into a hefty rock while being spun at 3000 RPM by a 5HP motor and not
shatter or noticably bend in it's original form, you know it can bludgeon, lacerate, or smash through just about anything if still not quite able to
cut it. Also whatever steel is used doesn't seem to rust or corrode too easily when considering the original purpose. Commonly found
decorative/ceremonial and some other types of useable but more difficult to make traditional swords may not even get near the kind of abuse something
this crude and cheap could take. (Nor would you want to treat them in such a disposable manner.) If the improvised form and handle holds up, it's
probably something more utilitarian than just a weapon and falls somewhere between a hatchet and machete in usefulness.
Alternately you could try cutting a hand grip into one end to make one long blade, but it may be a bit more unwieldy in regards to balance. Also some
lawnmower blades taper at the ends in regards to thickness, thus the area with the most "meat" that would make a good handle is around the bolt hole
in the center.
[edit on 4-7-2010 by pauljs75]