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all in all, not that badjust as it says, this is not a rock solid piece for aggressive contact training, but more for perfecting your technique. it came in great condition, albeit the tsuba was a little loose (nothing some wood glue won't fix), but other than that just fine. it is far lighter than my Chinese oxtail broadsword, and defiantly doesn't have an accurate weight distribution;but, all those things aside, this piece is just right for what it is meant for, and for $11 a pretty nice deal for what you get.
I bought this sword the other day and was pleased with the look and feel of the swords. They were comfortable to hold and swing but when my friend and I sparred for an extended period of time, the sword shattered into several large pieces after a strong swing. I was very displeased with the durability of the sword and would strongly discourage anyone from buying this if they plan on sparring with other people.----True Swords reply:We are in contact with our customer to ensure they are pleased with their products and overall order experience. Should there ever be a problem or concern please let us know, we are here to resolve any issue that may come up.As noted on the product listing this wooden sword is suited for lighter use than traditional bokken swords due to the design requirements. We have many bokken swords and similar which are made for sparring use. This includes solid hardwood and bamboo swords used for traditional sparring, and high grade polypropylene swords which are designed for the most intense and extreme training sessions.We have prepared a "Practice and Training Swords Guide" to take the guess work out of buying wooden swords, located at:http://www.trueswords.com/practice_swords_guide.phpPlease contact us with any questions about our products or service. Thank you!
This wooden sword looks great, with a faux-sharpened lacquered blade and some carved detail on the back of the blade, and it has a comfortably shaped handle appropriate for a Chinese dao. Be warned, however, that it is extremely light, much lighter than a normal hardwood sword. This works well for basic forms practice and performance, but it doesn't help you practice your grip and handling of a normally-weighted sword.
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