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Cold Steel Training Gladius


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    The best of the world’s sword fighters have known a simple truth for ages… if you want to become a reasonably good sword fighter you should endeavor to learn sword fighting techniques, footwork and the basic stances. However if you want to be a master at sword fighting you have to eventually start fighting with a “live blade”. If your ultimate goal is to wield a razor sharp sword safely and effectively, you need to train with a sword that approximates the size, feel and heft of a live blade, yet minimizes the possibility of causing grievous, permanent, or life-threatening injury to yourself or your training partner. This concept was implemented by the ancient Romans, who used dull wooden swords to train their Gladiators and soldiers. And Japanese Samurai used a wooden training sword that was called a Boken. It’s an elegant solution to a vexing problem and effective enough to still be used today. The only problem is that a wooden sword can rot, crack, chip or splinter and eventually become useless. Cold Steel’s solution to these dilemmas was to design a synthetic substitute, low in price and impervious to the elements. The Cold Steel line of Training Swords are made of the heaviest grade polypropylene available and closely duplicate a real sword in length, size, weight and feel. While they’re not quite as rigid as wood, they have the winning advantages of being virtually unbreakable, remarkably stiff and cut resistant.

    Overall Length31''
    Blade Length22''
    Weight13.3 oz
    Width57.4 mm - 71.4 mm
    Thickness20.4 mm - 19 mm
    P.O.B.4 1/4''
    Grip Length8 1/2''
    Blade [Polypropylene]
    ManufacturerCold Steel
    Country of OriginTaiwan

    3 reviews for Cold Steel Training Gladius

    1. silverbear13

      GREAT I got 2 of these about 3 years ago for me and my son to train with. We both love them. and almost imposable to break. I’ve left them outside in all kinds of weather and have never noticed even the smallest difference in shape or anything else. they look and preform just like the day I got them. if you want a one handed training sword, this is the one for you

    2. Kingwes458 (verified owner)

      Amazing durability and build! very stiff but since its made of polypropylene that makes sense. The weight distribution is the only slight drawback, it is a little forward weighted, but it being only a training weapon, this isn’t a huge drawback. I’ve used this in light to heavy sparring and so far after 2 weeks it has one chip in it, and its from a real metal, but dull blade. it was super easy to just melt back into shape with a lighter and a ruler.

    3. Wilco11

      Ultimately, when I bought this some time ago, I wanted something decent to duel with. This wasn’t really it. The sword is a solid brick of polypropylene, unwieldy to duel with for extended periods – but highly durable. Not as swooshy as I hoped, and not entirely comfortable for a single hand on occasion. Very forward balanced. It’s an ok sword otherwise.

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