Successful pirates loved their
cutlasses! These swords had one
very sharp side, and were really
good for cutting into rigging and
sails. Nastier pirates found that
cutlasses were great
for hands and legs,
too. Luckily, these days
young pirates prefer
to take captives
in one piece!
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Because he’d hear
in the sails!
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Why did the
run up the rigging
to get a new hat?
Mark out the pieces. Decide how long
you want your sword to be – somewhere
between 40cm and 60cm. Cut out the shapes.
Make sure the corrugated cardboard has its
lines going along piece A, as this makes it
much stronger. As you will need eight identical
pieces of small shape C, it’s quicker to cut
these from one strip of cardboard. This needs
to be 15mm wide by 240mm long.
Piece B, the
look complicated, but
it isn’t really. Check
the diagrams to see
how to draw the
On piece A, draw hard with a pencil
along the dotted line, and use a ruler.
This pencil line makes it easier to fold.
Fold piece A in
Start on the side
away from the fold
and cut to a point.
Bend the thin
part of piece B
around your wrist.
Slip each end of
piece B over the
top of the blade.
Hold the handguard
in position. Glue the
eight small rectangles
(pieces C) on to the
blade. You need to stick
them on all sides of the
handguard to hold it in
position (see the photo
on p24) Leave glue to
dry, then decorate with
markers or paint. Now
it’s time for battle!
Even toy swords can be dangerous.
When you’re play fighting, NEVER point
a sword above chest level. And keep it
well away from faces and eyes. Have
you seen how in some film sword
fights someone holds their sword to
a person’s neck? DON’T try this at
home, because it really can hurt.