Cold Steel Hand and a Half Training Sword 92BKHNH
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- Made of polypropylene.
- Closely resembles the "live blade" in terms of weight and size.
- While they’re not quite as rigid as wood, they have the advantages of being virtually unbreakable and remarkably stiff and cut resistant.
- This training aid will not rot, crack split or splinter.
- Minimizes the possibility of causing grievous or permanent injury to those who used it.
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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 endeavor 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 minimizes the possibility of causing grievous, permanent, or life-threatening injury to yourself or your training partner. Made of polypropylene. Closely resembles the "live blade" in terms of weight and size. While they're not quite as rigid as wood, they have the advantages of being virtually unbreakable and remarkably stiff and cut resistant. This training aid will not rot, crack split or splinter. Minimizes the possibility of causing grievous or permanent injury to those who used it.
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My other gripe with the sword is the pommel. I read complaints about the shape it self which weirded me out because it doesn't seem an unusual pommel shape. However when it arrived to me, the finishings were just too sharp. A hexagonal pommel isn't horribly uncomfortable to grip so long as the corners are rounded but on the sword the corners end at harsh and uninviting corners. It's not a huge problem because I actually used some sand paper and just rounded it off, and now it's quite comfortable. I'd harp on about how great a value it is and all the positives but people on here seem to have that covered. It's certainly worth the price, and is of good build quality but it could use a redesign.
The sword is shipped in three pieces; cross guard, blade/handle, and a thick rubber band, as shown in the images below. The cross guard slides down the blade and is secured with a heavy duty rubber band to keep it from sliding. Assembly takes a bit of force to secure the band flush with the cross guard.
force needed for assembly (not really a bad thing but some may dislike, i however had no issue with it)
balance is about 9 inches from the cross guard, instead of under 3 like a well balanced sword, however, this is common for training swords as the entire sword is a single material
I would definitely recommend this, as I already have.
below are some images with a 6 inch ruler for scale.
I gave 4 stars because the pommel is somewhat sharp, meaning it's uncomfortable to use until I sand it smoothly; and also because it's not properly balanced. It's too much that it's somehow annoying especially when you change to a real sword and it feels so much different (and better).
Overall, it's good and durable for this price range. Otherwise, consider getting a $160 training sword or a $400 blunt sword.
Bought two as practice/sparring swords. Balanced like a club rather than a sword and cast in one piece so no modifications can be made to it. Like other reviewers, my two had sharp edges on the pummel which had to be sanded down for two handed use. The blade is rounded so it doesn't feel as sword like as other synthetic practice swords out there, but it's also a lot cheaper. I'd say the "blade" is closer in look and feel to that of a wooden waister. Because is handles so much heavier, the sword is primarily being used as a strength building tool.
It's a hand and a half sword, but was purchased to practice long sword techniques. Because of the blade weight it should be redesigned as a two handed sword with a longer grip and perhaps a weighted pommel. Putting a two handed grip on it would turn this from a poorly balanced club into an excellent practice and sparring sword that not only would be fun to wield, but would last forever. That combination would definitely take this sword from average to awesome.
As far as quality goes however, it's virtually indestructible and could obviously take a tremendous amount of punishment. It's just not as fun to wield as other practice/sparring swords that I have so it doesn't get much use. It's also so heavy, that unlike some of my other, lighter synthetic sparring swords, it requires full protective gear. It's a bit like sparring with a baseball bat with the balance as it is.