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Type III Longsword with Steel Pommel and Guard

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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. These 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.
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Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 12 Write a review »

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Great experience July 29, 2016
Reviewer: Cameron Metcalf from Kentwood, MI United States  
Fantastic trainer, good weight, sturdy design, great customer service couldn't be happier!

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A Good Waster July 28, 2016
Reviewer: Jacob from Spring, TX United States  
Purpleheart's feder-styled waster is a great training tool for longsword. While steel is ideal, these wasters are great lower-price options for budgets or for getting people into contact training earlier with less required protective equipment. The wasters have a good balance and feel to them, so they just feel good in the hand and when making strikes. The flexibility is both a pro and a con. It makes thrusts more safe, but the blade can wobble a bit too much when parried, but I feel that it's necessary for the material and safety. The durability has been great. My only real problem with the sword comes from it's ability to take a set bend. I give this waster a 4/5 for its handling, durability, and affordability. I don't think the score should be lowered much because of the limitations of the material in the case of this waster. It is stiff enough to not flop around and for binding. Based on this waster, I would buy more wasters from Purpleheart.

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Awesome! July 19, 2016
Reviewer: Billie  
I purchased the pink and black wrap for the grip, and it's just lovely!  We have been using these for about six months and they have held up to everything.  Don't leave them in a hot car in the summer though... They are prone to bending.  (But you can bend them back!). Highly recommended.

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Type III Federschwert Longsword June 24, 2016
Reviewer: Eric Kusmaul from Columbia, MD United States  
I just began studying German Long Sword Fighting and needed a sword for class and to practice what I learn at home. I would have liked a steel one but alas no one seems to have them. So i bought this sword and have been happy with it. It has the cord grip which seems to work well. It has held up to the class so far and feels decently balanced, and the weight seems to approximate that of the steel longswords I have handled. Happy with my purchase so far.

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Very quick shipping! June 6, 2016
Reviewer: April Cook from ruby, MI United States  
I bought this for my boyfriend as a surprise. It showed up unbelievably fast and he was so happy with the quality.

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