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
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
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
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.