Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: Finish, None
I bought 2 of each type of European medieval and Japanese style training swords Cold Steel produces. I've assembled several sets of "sports" armor (batting helmets, hockey gloves, shoulder pads, chest, rib & neck protectors, etc) and fence with friends using this gear with strict rules of engagement. It's a real workout due to the weight of these swordes. Sometimes we match European weapons vs Japanese, or 2 shorter weapons against one with better reach. This bruiser has the best extension, but requires a stronger arm to manage the considerably heavier weight. It also strikes harder, and much greater care needs to be exercised in wielding it to prevent injuries. While durable, these polypropylene training swords do scuff/ding immediately when parrying and are prone to abrasions when even gently brushing rough surfaces. They also deform VERY easily when left in hot areas. Despite these points, they are the best thing out there for the price, and hold up better than expensive LARPing weapons, though they are unsuitable for LARPING due to the likelihood of causing severe injury if not used with great care. Knife Center has the best price anywhere.