A way to fix a feder with a rattle in the handle with limited hardware.
This method should be considered temporary. It will not substitute a proper tune-up but it will keep your fittings from rattling until you arrange a proper repair.
- Rattling fixtures are caused -usually- by the wooden core of the grip compressing or being otherwise damaged, creating a gap (B) between the crossbar (A) and the wood. When new, the whole hilt assembly is held together by compression.
- Before you begin you must push both sides of the crossbar (A) towards the point of the blade thus exposing as much of the gap (B) as possible.
- Take a length of cord (A) and wrap it once around the gap (B).
- Apply a little glue (A) to the string as you continue to wind it around (B). A more abused feder will require more turnings of the cord to build structure in the gap.
- Pull both ends of the cord as tightly as you can (A) - using pliers as a lever can help. Note (!) that very little cord should be visible and it should be driven as deeply into the gap as possible. If cord remains outside you have applied too much. Feel the crossbar, if it has stopped rattling you have wound the string enough. Cut the ends of the cord (B) and secure them with a good amount of glue.
- In some cases there may be a gap at the other end of the hilt between the pommel and the wooden core. This gap is likely to be much smaller than the first but applying cord here can help.