Wrapping the Sword HiltI had mixed emotions about wrapping the hilt of my wooden practice sword. Here is how it comes stock -
With the smooth wood it made it VERY easy for me to rotate my hands through different sword positions, to slide my hand along the pommel as I twisted and turned at different angles. However, smooth wood almost means it's slippery. The last thing you want in a real life situation is a slippery sword in your hands. You want to have firm control of it. I finally decided for authenticity sake that I should work with it with a leather grip, as a real fighter would have. They also would have worn gloves which also would have caused the sword "not to slide" for the same reason.
I tracked down a spool of suede - this hilt needed seven yards of suede to go around it all the way. I found leather glue and first coated the entire grip area in that glue. Next I started at one end and began smoothly, tightly wrapping the suede around in circles. At each end of the wrap I added super glue just to ensure that the suede did not unravel.
Here is the after image of the sword.
This suede was not perfect - it had some thickness / thinness issues along the way. If you're seeking perfection, I would look for a more high end suede option.
Here's a close-up of the superglue end of the wrap.
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