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Where to get weapon cores

Post  Izec on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:40 pm

I'm here to post some more info weapon cores.

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Probably the cheapest, easiest stuff to get is PVC pipe. Head on down to a home improvement store and get what you need. I haven't used PVC for a swung weapon core in probably 13 years, so I'm not sure what is the good stuff to use anymore.

The next cheapest cores are probably graphite golf shafts. I went to a driving range where they repair clubs and asked for all the used, broken graphite golf shafts. I got a whole slew of them for about $1 each. The only issue is that they are used and probably have been under a good amount of stress already, which means they'll probably break at some point. Another problem is that they are tapered cores. If you've got the charisma skillz you might be able to get them for free.

Solid core fiberglass is typically used for this style of fighting, but I personally find them to be too heavy and don't allow for the weight distribution that I like. Square cores are best for making flat blades. I've heard you can go to this site and an ask for a quote: http://www.libertypultrusions.com/pulRods_pa.htm

What I typically use is kitespar. It is hollow, light weight, and I don't believe I've ever broken one in the 10+ years that I've been using them, though I do hear of people breaking them (supposedly leaving the tube out in direct sunlight will weaken the core) . I've heard the manufacturer is Glasforms. I mostly use .505" outer diameter, but I've experimented with .610" and I like the results, but .610" is hard to find. I usually get mine from a local Amtgard guy who sells it. There are a few places I know of online to get kitespar, though I've never ordered from any:
http://www.kitebuilder.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=33_55&osCsid=d7fe7da1202f2c26ef63bcd7ca769a08
http://ecom.citystar.com/hang-em-high/ushop/index.cgi?ID=J48BRH&task=show&cat=SPARS+-+Fiberglass
http://www.intothewind.com/shop/Repair_and_Kitemaking/Fiberglass_Tubes/.370_x_54.5_FG_Tubing
Keep in mind you want at least .505" outer diameter. Also, shipping costs might be pricey because the rods are over sized.

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Beyond that, I don't think I've used anything else for cores. I've never made a polearm, so I don't have much info on where to get good cores for that. I hear band poles are good. the following link has some good information on where to find stuff, though it may be outdated info:
http://www.geocities.com/book_of_maces/materials.html
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Re: Where to get weapon cores

Post  Izec on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:53 pm

Update:

Last week I bought some cores from the kitebuilder.com site and they arrived today. They look to be good quality kite spar. I wanted to see the sizes they came in so I bought one of each of these:

RET50575 Epoxy .418" x .505" x 75.0" (6.25 feet long) for $7.00
RET602 Epoxy .500" x .602" x 84.0" (7 feet long) for $11.75
RET745 Epoxy .670" x .745" x 65.0" (5.4 feet long) for $10.55

The total came out to $45.80, so the shipping (it was an oversize box) came out to $16.50. Basically, I paid about $15 per core, which is pretty good, actually. Even with the high shipping cost that is a better deal that I've ever received before that I can think of (about $2.46/foot). Not bad, considering the different sizes I got. I've never seen 3/4" kite spar. It is pretty beefy and would make for a good red weapon. I imagine if I had bought more cores I would have saved some money on shipping.

I'll have to make some weapons and see if the spar is as durable as the other kite spar I've used.


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Re: Where to get weapon cores

Post  Casimir on Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:02 pm

I do have to say that I really enjoyed using the .505 kitespar red club that you had, I am looking forward to the larger one you are making, I figure it will have a little more umph to it when it hits.
As far as advice for cores, I have only really used PVC and bamboo so far. With PVC, the schedule 80 is alot more durable then the schedule 40.
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