Thought I would add to the thread with some sword canes I have been working on for the salle - I have gone through several variants (I think this is Mk IV!) trying to find a system that will hold together/release at will/not fall apart if used as a club! I settled on a simple bayonet fitting - the grip you see here goes completely inside the sleeved cane leaving just the ball showing, and is released with a twist and pull of the knob (!). Fittings are all stainless, blades are buttoned fencing foils (square section). The hilt will be secured so the blade cannot be replaced with a sharp (although I guess you could lop the button off, though I cannot advocate that for legal reasons - these have been designed from the get-go as fencing/sporting blunts). The little bayonet button on the grip is quite unobtrusive and acts as an indicator of the orientation of the blade (ie. the top) and also does double duty as a grub screw to stop any blade movement in the grip.
I have already ditched one set of woodwork, and have yet to turn the finished version (a job for later in the year, perhaps?). But it's already designed and the metalwork's mostly done......Then comes the job of putting it through its paces in the salle.
Already, because most of the weight is in the knob/pommel, if you grip the ball in the centre of your hand (ie. don't hold the handle like a proper sword grip), you get a huge amount of speed and control of the blade. If it were sharp, you could spear flies out of the air!!!
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