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Matthew Mafera

Veneer scabbard for a long sword?

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I know a common (and I believe historical) way to make scabbards is to laminate several sheets of wood veneer together around the blade. Would this ever be done for a long sword? I've only really seen it done for daggers but I would assume it would be the same construction for a larger sword.

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As far as I know, but I'm no real expert, this method was indeed used on medieval sword scabbards, using thin veneers of bent wood to create a very slim and light scabbard. Because the scabbards were covered in cloth or leather applied with animal glue, this creates a form of composite which is stronger than the thin walls would suggest.

It also would be faster to make a scabbard this way instead of carving from a block of wood and easier to make a well fitted slender shape.

This thread by the expert on this subject, Peter Johnsson, shows the process of making such an historically accurate scabbard for a dagger, but i'm shure it would work for a sword from the same time period:

 

 

 

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Peter Johnsson also detailed the use of this method using thin strips of plywood for veneer on page 3 of this post:

 

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