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David (MN) – May 1, 2012:
This sword right off the bat was great, but after just a couple days of use, the paint on the handle started peeling off. Now two big blotches of paint on the handle in missing. My recommendation would be to apply the LARP spray on latex coating before any kind of use. This will help protect the paint. Second of all, the tip is quite weak. After using this sword in just a few battles, the tip broke off. So watch out for the tip, and try not to jab or thrust too much. Besides all the downsides, this sword is great for beginners. Just watch out for the tip and the paint. The paint on the blade also comes off, but not as extensively. It mostly just wares off slowly from use. All in all, this sword looks great and is worth what you payed for it. As your first and foremost priority, make sure you apply the spray on latex on the whole sword before you use it! Don’t make the mistake that I made of not thinking you need the latex coating!
Matt (SC) – June 14, 2012:
I bought this sword for its Costuming/Convention worthy look, feel and use. For the price it can’t be beat. It’s a little “thicker” than I had anticipated but not really a deterring factor. Overall I’m pleased with my purchase.
Taylor missouri – July 14, 2012:
This long sword is awesome and perfect for any costume/dress up/play or anything you would like to use it for! Its very firm so it will not break or anything but at the same time it wont hurt anyone so its a perfect practice sword. I absolutley love it!
Wayne, NJ – December 10, 2012:
heavy. good looking, and inexpensive. It’s a gift for my 11 year old so won’t know how it holds up until he “slays” his brothers and neighbors in battle. Thinking a shield might be a good extra. I don’t want to get whacked hard by this thing without protection of some kind.
BPS – November 5, 2015:
“I purchased this sword for a comedy sketch and it worked perfectly. It has also come in handy since when showing fight choreography moves for a children’s theatre production.
The sword has a plastic rod center with a softer foam body around it. The detailing is all one layer on top. With use, bits of this top layer can start to chip away to reveal the plain-gray colored foam underneath. The sword also took a moment getting used to grip-wise as the foam is soft, making the hilt a bit squishy to hold onto.
For something that looks good from a few feet away and is safe, this sword makes a great choice. For heavy fighting, I would look into something a bit more durable. For my needs, it has worked really well.
I would advise against resting this sword on its blade tip. I did this once and the tip ended up ripping 7/8 of the way off. This can thankfully be repaired with glue, but when not using the sword, it would be best to just lay it flat or vertically on the pommel.
Living in NY and with SoM in PA, shipping is always fast, which has been a wonderful perk of ordering from SoM.”
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