practice swords

Discussion in 'Misc. Sword Arts' started by lonecoyote, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. lonecoyote

    lonecoyote New Member

    Where might I get some practice swords? What are the best kinds and how much do you usually pay for them? What about grinder dulling some cheap machetes?
     
  2. JohnJ

    JohnJ Senior Member

    Grinding some cheap machetes is certainly an option but would limit you in terms of sword techniques because the machete is more of a hacking designed instrument.

    Bob Burgee's Edges2 training swords are very good quality. They went up only a lil' in price. I got my Zanzibar sword for $55 about 10 years ago and they are now $85 but worth it. Check out www.edges2.com for products. You can make contact with them and they hold up well.

    Other makers like Kris Cutlery offer good quality. However, I do not think they are meant for contact training.

    John G. Jacobo
    www.swacom.com
     
  3. lonecoyote

    lonecoyote New Member

    That's good information. Thank you, sir, I appreciate it.
     
  4. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    I need to get some wooden bolos as training tools for my son and me. I've been saying that for a while now, though, and I never seem to get around to doing it! If they were in front of me in a store I'd probably just do it. As it is I use a wooden Tai Chi sword or a metal samurai sword (no edge) when I demo something, and neither of those is right for a Filipino system. I do have a couple of live FMA blades, but nothing for practice.
     
  5. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    I also would like to know if there is a place to but wooden swords that resemble the Filipino weapons.
    I have tried a wooden Chinese sword but as arnisador said it just dose not feel correct.
    I also tried to make a few out of lumber but they are clumsy (me not being a true craftsman in wood work)
     
  6. Buwaya

    Buwaya Senior Member

    Kris Cutlery sells wooden pinuti's. They're about six inches smaller than I'd like, but otherwise they're perfect.
     
  7. Buwaya

    Buwaya Senior Member

  8. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Yes, Kris Cutlery's wooden bolos are great I have a dozen or
    so of them. I like there feel in my hands and there length as well.
    Grab a few of those and you will probably enjoy them.

    Brian R. VanCise
    www.instinctiveresponsetraining.com
     
  9. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    That's a great price! The shipping seems a bit expensive though.
     
  10. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Thanks for that link I'll most likely pick up a few

    Anyone else ever trierd to make their own wooden swords If so out of what type of wood and how did it go
     
  11. ap Oweyn

    ap Oweyn Member

  12. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    While I have not worked with the TAK trainers, I have had several friends
    mention that they are excellent and that they have enjoyed training
    with them. I am curious about the TAK sticks, I will have to pick up a
    pair for some testing.

    Brian R. VanCise
    www.instinctiveresponsetraining.com
     
  13. ap Oweyn

    ap Oweyn Member

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you take them for a test drive.

    Cheers.

    Stuart
     
  14. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Hey Stuart,

    I will try and pick up a pair over the Holiday's and give a
    review here of how well they hold up and how well they
    perform to my personal tastes.

    Brian R. VanCise
    www.insitnctiveresponsetraining.com
     
  15. ap Oweyn

    ap Oweyn Member

    Great! Look forward to reading it. Cheers!
     
  16. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

  17. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    I'll be interested to hear your thughts on them
     
  18. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Well I received my Tak 26" bodyguard sticks today and I must
    say that I am impressed. First off, everyone that knows me
    knows that I love rattan for partner training and kamagong for
    individual training. In the past I have owned several varieties
    of synthetic sticks and really not one of them met up to my
    standards. The Tak sticks were simply awesome in feel and similarity
    in vibrational standards to rattan. The weight felt right and
    when hitting something the sticks absorbed the right amount of
    the vibration so that it was comparable to rattan. Here is the
    real upside, I smacked, banged them against a tire, heavybag,
    together, rattan, floor and guess what not a dent, ding or
    scrape. Nothing, these things feel like they are going to last
    for a long, long, long time. These are great synthetic sticks
    that really in my opinion are better than any I have tried
    before.

    Brian R. VanCise
    www.instinctiveresponsetraining.com
     

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  19. kroh

    kroh New Member

    Tak Sticks...

    Sounds like these things can really take a beating. They look like they are kind of rubbery. Do they have the rigitity of rattan as well? I would hate to pick up a pair of these and have them flopping all over the place.

    Regards,
    Walt
     
  20. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    No they are not flimsy, nor will the flop around. They are
    made out of some type of synthetic plastic like substance.
    They are just the right weight and size and feel similar to
    rattan. The only drawback is they are a little slick but If
    you wear baseball gloves or tape them with cloth hockey
    tape they work great. I like them alot and have practiced
    with them quite a bit. However, it is hard to improve on
    the origional. (rattan) If you want a pair of sticks that
    will not splinter and will last a long, long time then these
    are for you.

    Brian R. VanCise
    www.instinctiveresponsetraining.com
     

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