Joerg has a great affinity for killing zombies. In fact, we encountered each other's work on Zombie Squad. So in keeping with a zombie apocalypse theme, he decided to take my short sword blade and build a handle that not only doubles as a slingshot, but looks like something that could be built from materials salvaged after the shambling undead arise to bring about the destruction of civilization.
Here are some of the materials:
And here's what he built with them:
I have to say, this is one of the few spiked sword guards that I like, and that seems like it wouldn't be likely to accidentally stab the wielder. The inspiration for going double-edged on the blade was the thought of a slingshot resembling anthropomorphic hilts on Celtic swords. This one ended up looking similar, or the older antenna-hilted swords. Sort of Mad Max meets ancient Celt. :)
He also built a scabbard for it, angled to hang where the spikes are clear of the wearer.
And finally, with the triple-layered rubber bands installed:
I really enjoyed the video, especially the cutting test on the zombie head. :D