Cosplay weapons questions

mike in the boxmike in the box Registered User new member
Hey guys, I will be attending PAX for the first time this year, and I am really excited. My wife and I are looking to cosplay as Zelda and Link from Breath of the Wild. Part of that costume I am putting together is the Master Sword. However, I was reading over the rules that they posted last week and saw this part:
No functional props or weapons are allowed at PAX. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by convention staff (Enforcers) and compliance with the following rules:
All costume props and weapons must be inspected and will be "peace bonded" by an Enforcer at the Information booth.
Live firearms including airsoft, either functioning or de-commissioned, are not permitted.
Replica firearms made from metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber are not permitted.
All firearm costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable and are required to have an orange safety tip at all times.
Any bow-type weapons must be unstrung or strung with a low-tensile thread. All prop arrows must have soft, non-metal, blunted tips made out of foam or cardboard only.
Metal swords, knives & spears are not permitted. Any sharp implements are likewise not permitted (to include needles, syringes, ceramic blades).
Stilts and costumes which include stilts may be prohibited from certain convention areas. Be aware that you may be asked to remove them.
Costume weapons are for fun! Enjoy your costume, but do not strike, swing at or brandish weapons at other attendees.

I have already made a sword, and its blade is a piece of 1/8" thick aluminum. It is not sharp in any way. Would this fly or would it get stopped at the door? Those of you more familiar with PAX, how strictly do they enforce their policies?

* So I have pictures of the sword in question but my account is too new to embed images into my post. I have uploaded an image of the sword as my profile picture since I could not do it directly. I will come back later and see if I can post the images in a few days.*


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    Nexis NightmareNexis Nightmare Minneapolis MNRegistered User regular
    Unfortunately, that would not fly as it is a type of metal. It looks awesome though! In previous years that have not harassed cosplayers other than asking them to get out of the aisle if taking a picture. I've brought stilts in with my costumes and as long as I'm not impeding anyone they don't have a problem. This year they are implementing the metal detectors so there will be a security presence outside of the enforcers. I don't think you would make it through the door with that sword.

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    midnamidna Greater Seattle AreaRegistered User regular
    Dang, that looks good! But no, they won't let you. They won't even let a wooden little sister's needle in. You'll have to get a foam sword, unfortunately.


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    mike in the boxmike in the box Registered User new member
    Would a shaped PVC blade or a PLA 3d printed blade be ok?

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    RavenHuskyRavenHusky Registered User regular
    The general rule of thumb is that if it looks like a real weapon at second glance, it's not allowed.


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    sluggotorsluggotor Sandy HuevosRegistered User regular
    edited August 2019
    Unfortunately neither metal nor PVC weapons will pass the Enforcer check based on the cosplay rules.

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