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Here is a picture of a Reaver Daiklave that I made. Originally, I made a cardboard daiklave on a whim for Nick (pictured holding this one – he runs the long-running Exalted game I play in) because he was going to go to a costume party. In part, I made it because I was curious to find out just how large and unweildy these things would be.

The cardboard was less than satisfactory, however, and I soon began it obsessive project that is pictured below. You can’t really see the grip on this thing, but it is over a foot long. The blade is over 4 feet long. It’s made of spraypainted (and hand-carved) hardboard.

The whole thing is ridiculously heavy and would be near-impossible to actually use – which is unsurprising, really.



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  1. Have you considered using pink or blue insulation foam? It’s fairly cheap, affixes with 3M Super 77
    (available at your friendly champaign Meijers, or
    Art Co-op) and can be carved with relative ease.
    We used to paint it with house paint, since it’s styrofoam based, it doesn’t respond well to solvents.
    I’d think embedding a PVC pipe, a balsa plank or the like as a grip and building a couple of layers of foam
    about it would look decent, and still be swingable.

  2. Foam would be lighter, but thicker. I really wanted the blade to be as thin as possible.

    I’m thinking there might be some lightweight-yet-sturdy sheet plastic out there…

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