The best of the world's sword fighters have known a simple truth for ages... if you want to become a reasonably good sword fighter you should endeavour to learn sword fighting techniques, footwork and the basic stances. However, if you want to be a master at sword fighting you have to eventually start fighting with a "live blade". If your ultimate goal is to wield a razor sharp sword safely and effectively, you need to train with a sword that approximates the size, feel and heft of a live blade, yet minimises the possibility of causing grievous, permanent, or life-threatening injury to yourself or your training partner.
This concept was implemented by the ancient Romans, who used dull wooden swords to train their Gladiators and soldiers. And Japanese Samurai used a wooden training sword that was called a Bokken. It's an elegant solution to a vexing problem and effective enough to still be used today. The only problem is that a wooden sword can rot, crack, chip or splinter and eventually become useless.
Cold Steel's solution to these dilemmas was to design a synthetic substitute, low in price and impervious to the elements. The Cold Steel line of Training Weapons are made of heaviest grade polypropylene available and closely duplicate a real sword in length, size, weight and feel. While they're not quite as rigid as wood, they have the winning advantages of being virtually unbreakable, remarkably stiff and cut resistant.
Price QualityMichaelWas looking for a practice sword for exercising alone. This one is quite affordable, but comes with some major drawbacks.
1) the pommel has distinct edges that absolutely destroy your hands when you grip it
2) the handle is so short that you mostly have to grip the pommel for 2-handed wielding (see point 1)
3) the sword is not flexible at all. that's okay since it's just a feature of the material, but
4) the tip is pointy. which is absolutely pointless (couldn't resist), because you can't actually stab anything with it, but it's pointy enough to hurt a possible training partner by accident
5) It's quite blade-heavy. Other people have termed it being "balanced like a baseball bat". I wouldn't actually go so far as to say that. Since the sword is lighter than the actual thing, it's a great idea to make it blade-heavy. That way, you can condition your muscles to handling an actual sword while only carrying around a plastic waster. So the weight and balance, for me, are a positive rather than a negative point!
So, overall, I guess if you file down the tip and the edges of the pommel it's really cool, especially for the price.
International shipping was fast and unproblematic. Plus the support is very reliable. Thanks Southern Swords!
Price QualityMalcolm_Twonkif you want to learn how to fight with a sword then this is a extremely necessary to learn with. Strong and durable can use with full strength without risk of injury like a metal sword. good weight as well to get used to before moving on to a real sword
Price QualityAdeI've bought two of these now, sturdy, realistic weight and will last a lifetime of bashing. Cannot recommend enough as a go to trainer/waster.
Price QualityThe KrakenBrilliant sword for the price, good overall weight and nice handling. A little heavy in the blade but they've had to make this thick to get the overall weight right. Perfect practice sword.