So Larp boffer Gladius - materials list
The usual gig - polypropylene pipe F25, tapes, foam, some glue and hemp string in this case.
The tools list is usual and so is the price tag attached. I'm not going to repeat it every single time after all.
Then its business as usual for my current larp sword making technique - the grip is made oval and the pommel goes in. Note that there is no additional counterweight this time, apart from the pommel itself. The gladius is fairly short and light so there is no need for it.
Usually at this point I add leather to the grip to improve handling. However I decided to do something else this time around.A bit of a cheaper alternative to be accurate.
Simple hemp string is glued to the grip instead of leather. It works just as fine, but at a fraction of the cost.
Sometime later its done and one can start working on the blade itself.
In this case the blade is made a bit differently. Its again classic 2 foam layers, however the layers themselves are made from a single length of foam that goes around both ways.