Calimacil is the gold standard for weapons of this type. This particular sword is top notch and a good value in the line. The grip is large enough to expand your style. The pommel has a shape that is different enough to keep it from being boring, yet subtle enough to blend in.
It's my first time getting into larp/sword play and I was very skeptical of a foam sword for sparing/dueling. My sword does not show any signs of use yet after many many days of dueling and this includes many full strength thrusts into shields and bodies. There is no evidence of the point being damaged or tearing.
Durable, looks great.
Balance feels quite off compared to a metal sword. I would like to have a bit of counterweight added to the pummel/handle as the balance point of the sword is about 9-10 inches above the cross guard and about 18 inches from the bottom of the pummel. But I'll accept that this may be wanted for foam weapons as it gives the point more power but I don't know.
Buy Calimacil. It's not worth saving 10-20$ going another brand.
I got two of these swords out of curiosity after hearing about how safe Calimacil swords are for general sword-related fun. I use these just for a bit of not-really-violent family fun. Might as well get the negatives out of the way first.
-The sword feels a bit point-heavy. I'm not sure if this was intentional for the purpose of these types of swords as this is my first LARP weapon, but it feels quite heavy in the swing.
-When mine arrived, one of the two I ordered had a big grey blotch on the blade even though I didn't order these refurbished. This isn't something that bothers me in the long-term but it was a bit disappointing at first.
-This is purely to do with what design this sword is based off and not a design flaw on behalf of Calimacil, but the pommel feels really uncomfortable to hold when using two-handed. The grip length is fine but I tend to like to grip the pommel of a sword for leverage. I can't get a good grip on this and the corners are uncomfortable.
Now for the positives!
-While the blade was more firm than I was expecting it's still as safe as I hear. My dad and I regularly go at each other with no protective gear, which isn't that smart, and we originally meant not to use full contact. But as father and son, we threw that notion right out the window. But even at full contact these are safe! Sure a hit will cause a bit of a sting but even after getting hit in the head I didn't feel the pain after less than five minutes, as if it never even happened.
-The blades bind nicely. They may bounce once or twice upon contact but it's a lot of fun to mess about in a bind with these as they don't slip and slide like nylon swords.
-I said the balance was point-heavy, but even still they feel great to swing.
-They're as durable as videos made them out to be. These feel like they'll last quite a long time.
I'm enjoying these so far and I'm glad I bought them. Calimacil has left me with a good first impression.
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