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Longsword or Roman Sword? Which Would You Choose?

Longsword or Roman Sword? Which Would You Choose?
This week for Weapons Wednesday, I tested out some of our newest weapons including a medieval longsword and a modern version of a Roman gladius sword. Watch the video to see my full reviews!

As usual, I asked Amanda to go back into the warehouse and choose some of our new and most popular items for me to review. She boxed them up for me so that I didn't know what they were. That way, I was able to give a fair and honest review of each item. Watch the video to see all of the items Amanda chose for me.

The first package I opened contained 2 sets of interchangeable butterfly knife trainers. The first one is the Interchangeable Blue Butterfly Trainer which has a metallic blue color to it and includes both a comb blade and a dull trainer blade. The second one I got to review was the Interchangeable Warhawk Butterfly Trainer which features a design inspired by the P-40 Warhawk Airplane. What is so cool about both of these knives is that with the push of a button, the handles quickly connect from the blade, allowing you to switch blades or mix and match different parts from different knives. Be sure to watch the video to see how awesome these butterfly training knives are.

The next weapon I tested out was the Hexagonal Trick Chucks. I designed these nunchaku about 6 or 7 years ago to be used as more of a tricking weapon than an actual weapon. You can tell by the metal cable with spring connector that they are made specifically for the purpose of wrist rolling and other nunchaku tricks. Nowadays, we have a company called Kombativ manufacturing them for us, which allows them to be consistantly well made. Watch the video to see my full review of these awesome trick chucks.

The third item that Amanda brought for me was the Polypropylene Gladius Sword. I absolutely love these polypropylene practice weapons and this one is a little bit different because it has a more detailed design and is made out of 4 pieces instead of our typical polypropylene weapons that are injection molded from a single piece. Because of that, I felt like it was important to test the durability of this practice weapon, so I put it to the test against one of our real swords. Make sure to watch the video to see what happened.

The fourth weapon I tested out was the Modern Gladiator Sword. This modern version of a Roman gladius sword has a thermoplastic rubber handle that is extremely comfortable to hold and a durable 1060 carbon steel blade with a black oxide finish. I guess the things I like most about this sword is that it is really light and balanced in a way that it is easy to control, and the blade is really sharp. I thought it would be fun to test out, so I used it to slice a pineapple and explode a couple of bottles of carbonated water. Watch the video to see how it performed!

The last item I reviewed was the Knights Templar Medieval Longsword. We are currently in the process of adding a lot more medieval swords and weapons to KarateMart.com, so I'm glad Amanda grabbed this sword to test out. This specific medieval sword has a 1060 carbon steel blade with a really nice fuller down the center of the blade to reduce the weight. It is a fairly heavy sword, so definitely something to hold with two hands instead of one. I also really like the scabbard which is made of mostly wood and leather. I've never really handled a medieval sword this size before, so I thought it would be fun to try to destroy some bottles of carbonated water with it. Be sure to watch the video to see how the sword held up!

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