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Turn Any Branch Into A Sword

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Kids will go into the woods and pretend to be swordsmen. This is the way kids work. We think. But if they’re going to be doing that, there’s a chance one of them will get their knuckles hit and come back home in tears. That won’t happen if you get them the Nature Sabre-sword Creator from MonkeyBuisness. It’s a simple silicone attachment that fits at the end of a branch and creates a finger guard that not only makes the “sword” look more legit, it also gives your child some semblance of protection. They’re $11, comes in three colors, and is available now.

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Sabertron: A Foam Sword With Electronic Scoring

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Sword fighting over the last few thousand years has had the unfortunate tendency to leave one of the opponents somewhat dead. In today’s more civilized society, death during swordplay is often avoided through the use of, well, non-lethal swords. Sadly, these are analogue affairs, leaving you to decide amongst yourselves who scores how many hits, and opening the door to the cheat who won’t admit to losing. Sabertron is a foam sword that introduces a digital component, one that should help you determine a victor more accurately. Outfitted with sensors, it knows when a hit has been blocked, and when it’s made contact with a soft body. Hit that soft flesh often enough, and you can walk away victorious. Perfect for those long Larping sessions, a $99 pledge will get you a pair, while more money buys more sophisticated “blades”.

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