This longsword was designed to be a bit lighter than our normal 50" longsword. The grip is slightly thinner for smaller hands. The fuller keeps the weight back making this and quick deadly blade.
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.
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.