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  Type III Pentti 50" Longsword

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Type III Pentti Longsword with Steel Pommel and Guard

Martial artists and fighters have used steel and wooden training weapons for centuries. Many of today's competitive Historical European Martial Arts groups (HEMA) rely on synthetic wasters as an integral part of their total training spectrum.Our synthetic wasters are suitable for most drills, sparring, and free fencing with appropriate protective gear for hands, head, and body. Every training tool is a compromise between shape, weight, cost, and performance. With the right material and careful distal tapering, Purpleheart's Type III wasters provide an excellent combination of these qualities. The blade flexes well in the thrust even in highly competitive environments. This means a greater margin of safety for your fencing partner. The blade flexes quickly and retains enough stiffness to permit dynamic and vigorous fencing actions with a minimum of unrealistic blade whipping. The durable synthetic material allows a blade thickness of .5" (13mm) -- half that of most wooden wasters. This allows for a closer approximation of winding with steel weapons. At the same time, the blade thickness helps distribute impact force compared to steel blade edges, making for a slightly safer training alternative. Purpleheart Type III synthetic blade durability is unrivaled. These training tools can stand up to years of daily, high impact training.They do not develop splinters like wood, or sawtooth notches like steel. In fact, some of our first production units are still in regular use after two years, yet show no signs of dents, nicks, or wear aside from superficial dirt and rust on the steel furniture.

For best performance, store them as you would a steel sword when your equipment is not in use: in a cool, dry environment and resting flat or hanging by the crossguard. Heat, humidity, and resting a weight on top can all cause the blade to bend and take an undesired set. Treat it well, and this tool will serve you for years with almost no maintenance. The Purpleheart Type III synthetic longsword was designed for use in the study and training of approximately late 14th century to early 16th century two-handed longsword fencing. Examples include Fiore dei Liberi, Sigmund Ringeck, and Joachim Meyer.

This is the most widely used synthetic waster across all HEMA tournaments in the world. This training weapon was developed in collaboration with some of the world's foremost HEMA instructors, American and European. Its dimension and weight specifications fall within the range of historical examples. It handles very well in both one and two hands, and allows the wielder to perform longsword techniques at the blade, in winding, and ringen am schwert with a minimal loss of fidelity from steel. Furthermore, with appropriate protective gear, the waster handles very well in thrusts -- preserving accuracy of technique balanced against safety for training partners.
We supplied the swords for Fechtschule America 2010-2012+
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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Bit of a wait, but worth it over all. April 27, 2015
Reviewer: Ryan Merton from South Bend, IN United States  
I'll just cut straight to the nitty gritty bits: I submitted my order on the 11th of March and received it on April 24th. Upon setting the package down I noticed one sword stuck through the bottom of the box by several inches. One sword also has a rather pronounced set which I have spent considerable time attempting to correct. Performance is unaffected, and the masks, gloves, and fingertip protectors have no noticeable defects and are well made.

Both swords weigh in at 2lb. 12oz. as opposed to the 2lb. 10oz. listed on the site. Seeing as both are identical in that respect, I consider that more of a feature than a defect.

While attempting to correct the set I was impressed with the flexible yet rigid nature of the sword, which carries over into form practice and sparring very well. These are very faithful training tools, from the balance down to the point of percussion. I do not foresee either breaking in the future, and am satisfied with the product.

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