We’ve tried many synthetic trainers and recommend the Rawlings plastic longsword. It’s much lighter than a steel weapon, but it’s balanced properly. Its weight and its material makes it suitable for kids as well as adults.
These nylon trainers are perfect for beginners with a smaller budget, younger partner, or nervous first-timer. And, you can skip cleaning and oiling, these can’t rust! Some more info: Developed in conjunction with Dave Rawlings, founder of the London Longsword Academy, our line of nylon polymer sparring swords is rapidly finding favour with European broadsword sparring enthusiasts. Made in the UK, the swords are crafted in a special-purpose high-impact polymer and provide a more realistic replacement for the wooden waster for drilling and pell work, at the same time providing a safer alternative for the steel blunt in contact sparring when used with appropriate protection. This range of swords is now standard in three of the largest HEMA competitions in the world and is constantly being adopted for other smaller competitions and tourneys.
Overall: 48 1/2″
Blade Length: 38″
Handle Length: 10 1/4″
Weight: 1lb 12oz
Point of Balance: 6″
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.