Optional Stainless Steel Pommel and cord grip wrap.
The Purpleheart Type III synthetic federschwert was designed to give
HEMA fencers an alternative training tool. The schilt design lets you
train familiarity with feders, while saving wear and tear on your
steel feder, and providing compatibility with your other synthetic
wasters and equipment.
A new cord grip wrap that is much stronger than our sports grip tape.
We tested have been testing various types of grip and I'm going with a nylon
cord. It has some grip, but not rough.Still a little smooth for quick
handling of the sword. The local group has been using it for about 5
months now with little problems. It will not affect the weight and
balance. Sweat will not affect it.
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
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 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
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.