A medieval practice sword is the perfect companion for medieval combat training in a completely safe manner. In the 15th century, Olivier de la Marche, for example, told of a judicial duel between two tailors fought with shield and cudgel. A short video demonstration of the sword and shield swap is available here in QuickTime or Windows Media format. In chapter 10 of Hænsna-Þóris saga, Þorkell told a farm hand to do his bidding, or else he’d plant his sword pommel in the man’s nose.
Arming sword wasters span the broad gap of thirty-two to forty-two inches in length and, like their historical counterparts, have a shorter hilt than a longsword, allowing only one full hand to hold the grip. The Viking age swords were short enough that, when in distance, it was only a short step to be within grappling range. You can now practice martial arts safely and affordable with these great wooden replicas.
Our fully functional and historically accurate wooden practice swords and wooden wasters are made from high quality wood, making them strong enough to meet and exceed all Martial Artist training and practice needs. By isolating the basic techniques and practising them on the wooden dummies, it is easy for the instructor to see and correct errors. The concept of wooden practice weapons is not limited to the Western Martial Arts.
The handle of the sword matches the scabbard nicely and features a black nylon Ito. Skarphéðinn sharpened his axe, Grímr attached his spearhead to a shaft, Helgi riveted the hilt of his sword, and Höskuldr fixed the handle on his shield. This particular Wooden Waster Sword is hand crafted in pine wood, then sanded and wax polished for a smooth satin finish.
One translation of Juvenal’s poetry by Barten Holyday in 1661 makes note that the Roman trainees learned to fight with the wooden wasters before moving on to the use of sharpened steel, much in the way modern reconstruction groups progress. Several times during the battle, Kjartan had to straighten his bent blade by standing on it. Used not only in kendo but other martial arts that practice swordplay, the shinai is a bamboo sword that represents a Japanese sword during competitions.