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The Rawlings Longsword is based on swords popular throughout the 13th to the 17th Century and often used in conjunction with plate armor (i.e. without a shield). Without a doubt the most popular sword in use throughout the HEMA community, the techniques to use it are both sophisticated and elegant and based on several surviving medieval manuscripts and a great deal of trial and error to revive these techniques by modern day sword students.
ABOUT THE RAWLINGS LINE
Developed in conjunction with Dave Rawlings, founder of the London Longsword Academy and the HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) community, the Rawlings line of polymer sparring swords is rapidly finding favour with European broadsword sparring enthusiasts.
Made in the UK, the swords are crafted in a special-purpose high-impact polymer and provide a more realistic replacement for the wooden waster for drilling and pell work, at the same time providing a safer alternative for the steel blunt in contact sparring when used with appropriate protection. This range of swords is now standard in three of the largest HEMA competitions in the world and is constantly being adopted for other smaller competitions and tourneys.
The blades are designed to flex in the last one-third of their length towards the tip, allowing for much safer thrusting than with conventional wooden wasters or shinai. The blade/tang joint is reinforced by a high tensile steel rod running along the full length of the handle, so removing the handle flex typically associated with plastic training swords.
The new synthetic swords have been developed by HEMA practitioners for HEMA practitioners, using our experience of the last decade of training and competition. They behave more like original steel swords than other plastic swords, and they handle more like antique swords than many of the steel replicas out there. Being plastic, they offer far greater safety than steel weapons. This increased safety, coupled with realism, should enable us to take our arts to the next level, particularly in competitive bouting. - Matt Easton Schola Gladiatoria -UK
The swords are modelled using dimensions similar to those seen on existing historical pieces and reinforced high-impact polymer is used in the standard guard and pommel construction. All fittings are rounded and designed with safety in mind when sparring.
The grips are manufactured from a rubber-like thermoplastic elastomer, designed to absorb the impact of strikes and to provide a tight fit on the tangs.
These synthetic swords are about two-thirds of the weight of a steel-bladed sword, heavier than most wooden wasters on the market but still having less impact than a steel sword, thus lowering the impact when sparring. The swords are well-balanced with a slight bias towards the hilt, again reducing the force of impact.
These synthetic-bladed swords also provide an excellent option for theatrical use, being inherently safer than steel or aluminum.