Single sticks are ridged, but they bounce, they're light, and thus they behave like a stick, and not a sword.
---Well, the PHA leather dussacks don't behave anything like a sword either. And I think I would take "bounce" over "flop" and "collapse."
I think maybe if technique is an issue, tournaments should be judged on who has the best technique, and not who hit who.
---I don't think that will ever happen on in the larger public tournaments because its just too subjective.
The synthetic cutlasses would also work.http://www.woodenswords.com/WMA/Synthetic_cutlass.htm
---I've considered those as well, but have never handled one so I'm not sure what the weight is like. Good possibility though! And they aren't going to have a danger of breaking like the singlesticks would. But I'd want to see them in action before committing to them.
The suggestion about the PHA cutlass trainers is one that I am going to be trying out myself; I recently had the chance to bout dussack using their synthetic baskethilt trainers, and I was very pleased with the fact that I could actually parry and perform actions on the blade. Because of that, I will be experimenting with the synthetic cutlass trainers, as I think they might prove even better.
---Do you have any of them yet? 22 inches plus the hilt sounds like it would be pretty close to "dussack size." But I think I would want them with the Knightshop baskethilt and not the leather cutlass/saber hilt.
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