You bunch of wasters - how many times have you heard that?
So I made a few.
"Wasters" are the traditional name for wooden training swords, as used throughout the middle ages. They're blunt and lightweight, but the size is the same as a live sword.
Might be handy for you followers of Terry Brown
These are 36" long overall and the blades are 2" wide. Materials are beech for the blades, carved lime for the hilts. Some leather, metal and string for the fittings.
Originals would have been plain and undecorated, but I felt like practising some hilt-making.
The one on the right is of a vaguely Norse style. A wheel pommel and a wooden hilt guard with a little carving (Jormungandr the world serpent and a "gripping-beast" figure). The grip is padded leather bound with a wire spiral.
The other has a "brazil nut" pommel and a gilded hilt guard. The grip is wrapped with brass wire.
A few runes as an inscription: