Andre Clues, of my local wargame club in Mansfield, has come up with this brilliant idea…
Instead of using another sheet of paper between the folded colour sheets when you make pikes, use a flattened strip of aluminium from a drinks can.
Sand the metal to give it a bit of key, then use ‘general purpose’ or impact-type adhesive (wet, not impact style) to glue the sheets together.
When the assembly has really dried out, cut the pikes with shears type scissors (not the little figure-cutting scissors or a Stanley knife, which will tear the paper).
The pike will curl as you cut it, but it flattens out into a very thin and strong pike. If it bends, you can straighten it easily.
Anybody out there got any other ideas I never thought of?
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