Philipp Selman - 11 Feb 2014
After spending a couple of days putting this rig through its paces, I have to say that this isn't just a marvelous Destreza trainer, it's a fantastic all-around sword. You can tell by looking at it that the forte isn't going anywhere, but the overall geometry of the blade doesn't become apparent until the first time your opponent connects with the mezzo and feels its rebar-like unyieldingness. And yet there's just enough flex in the foible that it's a safe weapon to use at speed. The balance is also a thing of beauty, both allowing the sword to float effortlessly in the hand yet providing enough natural momentum to make executing movements of conclusion and other cuts smooth and controllable. And your opponents will thank you for the rounded edges of the blade, which take the sting out of even the occasional heavy-handed cut. The guard offers sufficient hand protection against incidental contact, yet it encourages defense to be an active part of your fencing so you don't grow complacent—something few swordsmen I know can honestly say they don't need to practice regularly. And for the money, you really can't beat complain about a sword like this.