Steed's Umbrella Sword, The Avengers

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It's 5 months until Halloween so It's time for me to start costume planning.

This year the Girlfriend and I are Emma Peel and John Steed. She has some sewing to do I have to find a Bowler hat that fits. But first I tackled the Umbrella.

This is a functional, rather than exactly screen accurate umbrella. I figured being able to draw the sword was the most important part. I have time to figure out how to simulate a whangee handle.

First of all I picked up a $10 umbrella on ebay. It's the one with the collapsible plastic sheath.

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Disassembly:

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removing the locking mechanism made the entire shaft hollow.

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I used 5/16 stainless steel rod for the sword itself. The Brass tube is glued to the portion exposed here, but extends over the umbrella shaft

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I used PC-11 to secure and fill the gap between the brass tube and steel rod. The front couple of inches have no adhesive, leaving a gap.

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The unit slides into the umbrella handle all the way down to where it starts to bend. I was lucky it was all hollow, that wasn't needed to assemble the original umbrella but it is critical for the strength of my version. It's glued in.

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A beveled rubber backed washer is glued to the end to give it a finished look

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The other end of the tube gets finished with another piece of the same brass tubing and few brass bits and pieces

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The assembled umbrella, still a few cosmetic things to work on. I need a 3/8 drill bit stop for the hilt to rest against.

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The (almost) finished product

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The end of the rod is rounded off. Since it doesn't have an sharp edges, I'm not entirely sure if it is legally a sword or not. And that's sort of important, if I want to carry it around. It still works as an umbrella, by the way.
 
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