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While many eastern sword arts have traditional practice weapons, western martial arts practitioners are on a constant quest for the ideal weapon for training. A sharp sword might have the best handling characteristics but is unsuitable for partner drills and sparring. Wooden and aluminum wasters are safer and retain some of the handling characteristics but still require a certain amount of control. Other simulators such as bamboo shinai or padded weapons are commonly used for more full speed bouting and drills, however a great deal of sacrifice is made in terms of handling characteristics. The ideal training weapon should handle like a sharp sword yet be safe to use for partner drills and sparring sessions. Durability is also important. For many western martial arts practitioners, tradition and a tie to the past is important as well. This sword is that ideal training weapon!
* This system has been developed in Germany within the last 5 years, and is becoming quite commonplace in Europe now due to its various advantages. Rattles can be quickly fixed simply by tightening the key. and for more serious repairs this system is immeasurably easier than a peened over pommel when it comes to grip removal. Also, (interestingly) pommels can become interchangeable on swords. The allen key fixture is quite discreet: black in colour, right on the end of the pommel and sunk into it by about 3mm. This is a tried-and-tested system, and we're sure you'll like it.
WARNING - flat edged swords are still dangerous, when in swordplay with an opponent follow established safety rules. A steel helmet and gauntlets should be considered as minimal protection.