Tag: Synthetic longsword

Review: The Dave Rawlings/Knightshop Synthetic longsword – Pro-Line Extreme

Few HEMA-related products have caused as much debate as the Dave Rawlings/Knightshop range of Synthetic Swords. This comes quite natural as they were developed in close collaboration with the HEMA community, and the way we practice differ quite a lot inbetween clubs. So how has the Red Dragon Armoury succeeded in satisfying all our different expectations? The answer is complicated and to be perfectly honest, I find the Knightshop line of synthetic swords a bit tricky to review, which is the reason why the review was delayed quite a bit. Although I have had concerns for some of the characteristics of the blades and share other peoples’ concern regarding “whippiness” and a tendency to leave somewhat nastier bruises, I also think it is partly a matter of using the right tool for the job.  Furthermore, I am deeply impressed by the manufacturer’s ambition to improve on the blades to make them suit the HEMA fencers’ needs while maintaining a sustainable production method that works with mass production. With that said, the Knightshop synthetic longswords have both advantages and disadvantages. The blades are quite safe in thrusting. At the same time, a bit too large flexibility still makes working from the bind rather tricky and since this is essential in the fencing most of us study, it is a problem. However, it becomes less pronounced with each “generation” of these...

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Review: Zugadore poly sparring sword by Revival.us.

This waster came seemingly out of nowhere onto the market, at a time were we are seeing very quick changes and developments in the line of sparring swords available for HEMA fencers. Its sleek lines and, for a Liechtenauer-fencer, odd-sounding name has raised a bit of attention amongst the HEMA fencers, but how does it hold up to closer scrutiny? Let’s find out… The Zugadore waster was designed by Revival.us in close collaboration with Brian R. Price, notable author of several books on medieval and Renaissance combat and the founder of Schola St. George, which today has 17 chapters...

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Review: Norrlands waster by Plastsmeden

The best longsword nylon wasters I have tried thus far were hand made by Pentti of GHFS. Unfortunately he no longer produces these, so they are near impossible to come by. However, the little known “Norrlandswastern” is the next in line and it offers quite unique features. In fact it excels in many ways and makes the Penttis look crude. These too are handmade with quite a bit of love and pride, and they can be designed according to your specifications, with regards to length and balance. In fact, a small folder, describing how to shorten the grip to...

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Type II by Purpleheart Armoury

This hand-made Synthetic Longsword II is actually a bit of an old Rolls Royce or a Bentley. The quality of the build and components is excellent and it is based on a design of wooden wasters that have been proven from more than ten years of use. It is very sturdy and will probably outlast many of the other nylon wasters. At the same time, in my opinion, the general design has been somewhat bypassed by synthetic swords of other makers, both in handling and with regards to safety characteristics. Looking at the characteristics it is roughly an equivalent...

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Waster by Pentti of GHFS

I consider myself very fortunate having had the chance to follow the development and having been able to practice with the infamous Pentti nylon wasters, which in my experience is amongst the finest nylon sword simulators, if not the finest; due to a very simple reason, the quality of the material in the blades… Sparring clip showing the last generation of the Pentti wasters. Unfortunately Pentti no longer produces these wasters so they can only be bought second hand, if you are lucky enough to find someone who is willing to part with his Pentti waster. However, the blade characteristics of these are so unique that I feel that it is vital to take a closer look at the Penttis before discussing the other synthetics on offer by other makers. UPDATE: PurpleHearts makes very fine copies of these called Pentti+ and I can highly recommend them, as they are near identical in design, and above all uses the same high-quality material, rolled Amid PA6. Admirably, Pentti has never settled with a single design. On the contrary, he has listened to the opinions and thoughts of the rest of the club and has constantly sought to improve his designs, ending with a 4th generation of his longsword design. Cleverly, this has obviously been studied well during the development of the Knightshop synthetic longswords and it continues to influence other makers as...

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Sparring swords – Introduction

What defines a good sparring weapon? A common notion is that it should be as close as possible to the real, sharp weapon it simulates, but be designed with safety in mind, thus lowering the risk of permanent injury. However, since a sharp weapon is designed to injure, this is an inbuilt contradiction. Due to this simple fact, safer weapons always have drawbacks since they just aren’t supposed to perform the same way as real weapons. This has lead to various forms of solutions by different makers, both historically and in modern times. Traditionally, there have been a few...

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