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Synthetic Chang Jian V2
Synthetic Chang Jian V2

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Synthetic Chang Jian

Martial artists and fighters have used steel and wooden training weapons for centuries. Many of today's competitive Martial Artists rely on synthetic swords 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.

This training weapon was developed in collaboration with some of the world's foremost instructors. 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, with a minimal loss of fidelity from steel. Furthermore, with appropriate protective gear, the sword handles very well in thrusts -- preserving accuracy of technique balanced against safety for training partners.

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Light/Moderate Controlled Sparring

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 7 Write a review »

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5 of 5 Perfect January 9, 2020
Reviewer: Rob Hellenius from Gabriola , BC Canada  
These will be training tools that will serve us well for decades. Thank you.

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5 of 5 was not expecting it to be as big as it was March 26, 2019
Reviewer: Dale Dotson from Brentwood, TN United States  

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5 of 5 Baquazhang Practitioner November 29, 2018
Reviewer: Robert Pettit from Minnetonka , MN United States  
Sword is long enough to use for baguazhang training but its a little shorter than a traditional baguazhang jian making it also good for traditional Wudang jian training. Great feel and balance. Highly recommend for those practitioners that want to go beyond the pretty forms and actually learn to fight and spar with the jian.

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5 of 5 November 6, 2018
Reviewer: Llerrad Schmidt from Clayton, WA United States  

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4 of 5 First Impression Review March 5, 2017
Reviewer: Patrick Gray from San Francisco, CA United States  
This 2-handed synthetic jian has great balance and weight to it. The shape of the edge allows for safe but effective use. Its fittings make it look, feel, and act more like a jian, especially with the new guard. Overall, the trainer very aesthetically pleasing.

However, I still found some minor issues. The first being the hole at the base of the blade exposing the rivets securing the guard. I'm not sure if it will affect the structural integrity of blade over time, but for now it feels very sound.

The second is handle design. The section near the pommel becomes very narrow, making for a awkward 2-handed grip compared to traditional Chinese jian handles.

Despite my minor complaints, I highly recommend this jian as a safe and economical trainer for those looking to practice techniques, and their applications through weapons sparring.

I've made a more extensive review of this trainer on Sword Buyers Guide's forum.


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