2024-05-11 (Sa) EleKSCo Electric rapier concept

Grindfest hosts the annual electric knife fights, and I build the event-provided knives. There are also exhibition fights where folx can bring their homemade weapons. Exhibition rules open the options to many melee weapons. Last year, I won with an electrified baseball bat, and this year, I will build an electric rapier. The sword is longer and heavier than regulation, but I do not know what else to call it.

I sketched some rudimentary ideas concerning the construction. The "blade" will have aluminum tape strips along a fiberglass rod. Each strip will have a gap to its neighbor, so anything conductive, like my opponent, will take a shock if they get close enough.

The hilt will use a couple of split collar clamps to hold a wooden dowel in place. Four screws through the handle will hold the dowel and secure the blade and handle. The electronics will be identical to the stock knives.

Sketches for rapier design

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