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They Got One Right
on May 8, 2011
I've gotten a lot of use out of the Cold Steel longsword and arming sword synthetic trainers, which have a few insane defects that this model does not share. It's a big improvement.
1. As with all of their synthetic trainers, it can take a huge amount of abuse, which is a really big plus in the first place.
2. This gladius trainer handles very well. Not quite like a sword, of course, but you can't have everything. This is a big improvement over the medieval trainers, which handle like 2x4s.
3. It has wide, flat edges and a rounded point. This is another big improvement over their medieval trainers, which have edges and points (Why on earth would they do that on a trainer?).
4. It can be used to spank children, or to paddle a canoe.
I highly recommend this one, if you have some inclination to train with classical short swords. It's length and dimensions can suit many a sword from the bronze age up through the specified Imperial Roman style.