Sunday, June 5, 2011

Necessity is - well, you know the rest!

I love my sword cane!  It's a glossy black with a gorgeous silver, oriental-ish dragon's head.  Unfortunately, the blade length is probably illegal everywhere.

I wanted to use it at the Houston ComicPalooza as part of my steampunk costume.  I didn't know if security at the con might include metal detectors and I didn't want to be explaining the intricacies of costuming bits and bobs to the not-so-nice officers.

My first thought was that I might be able to remove the sword blade.  After some effort (and finding out that the blade is really sharp!), I was almost ready to give up.

Then, I looked at my new wand - glistening in all its black and silver glory. My inner Slytherin whispered - maybe you could put the wand in the cane in an homage to luscious Lucius Malfoy. Ok, I am a Hufflepuff but let's face it - there ain't no eye candy for us in the movies. Dead/sparkly Cedric/Edward just doesn't do it for me.

I slowly inserted the want into the cane, wondering how I could secure it in place.  To my surprise, it fight snugly and with a few twists, was secured in place.

There is a downside - I lose about three inches in cane height, which is ok for me since I am short.  For a taller person, the wand-cane might need to carried as a swagger stick or for the Potter-minded, a Smelting's stick.

Sword blade, cane, wand - that's a 15" blade

Inspiration strikes!
Now street -legal (until they outlaw wands)