admin wrote:...makes for a drastically different handling characteristic compared to a real sword.
Well, it's not meant to be a military sabre simulator - military sabres are point-heavy. Chopping heads off at a gallop is a different task to fencing, after all. Then again, the set of 'real swords' is wider than military sabre.
They are simulators of the spadroon, and the successor to the spadroon, the duelling sabre. Some quintessential spadroons are the British infantry officer's swords from either side of the turn of the 1800s.
Ulrich von L...n wrote:
It is a trade-off: one has got a very fast & safe training weapon, but not very realistic. An Olympic sabre is quite close to the low end of Hungarian duelling sabres (400-600g). With a heavier hexagonal nut it could easily surpass this 400g threshold, but even after that it won't be good enough as a military sabre simulator.
My current set of (Olympic-rules) steam sabres surpasses the 400g threshold, and if I cherry-picked components for weight, I could easily assemble a 490g steam sabre. (And if I used my electric-competition guard it would tip over the 500g mark, and I'd then have to selecting lighter versions of the other components if I wanted to use in Olympic-rules competition).
(As a by-the-by, my heaviest pommel is my most modern pommel, at a mere 25 years old)
While we're on the topic of kendo (and by extension, kenjutsu) another comparison is my old bokken, at 594g, sans tsuba (which I'd guess is about 15 to 20g, tops).