Magnus Hagelberg wrote:nicely done reviev.
in comparison to the others you have tested, where would you rate this one?
It depends on how you look at it. There are two types of synthetics; milled or cast. The milled ones are more difficult to make and requires a lot of hands on work, which raises both the costs and the price. The cast ones are cheaper to manufacture for mass production and up until now have been pretty much useless (Cold Steel, Revival/Brian R Price). With the Rawlings/Knightshop wasters this has changed completely and in this category they are lightyears ahead of their competition. For clubs looking to buy larger quantities this is a good option.
Milled blades are better though, but looking at the range there, they also have some problems. I like the steel pommel and wooden grip of Norrlandswastern, but not so much the broad plastic cross, even if it doesn't have the problem described below.
Purpleheart's Longsword II has a too broad cross which makes it difficult to put your thumb against the flat of the blade. However, their new Longsword III looks like a somewhat improved replica of the last Penttis, including a simple steel cross and the same material that Pentti used.
If I'd been living in the US, then this would have been an obvious choice, if they in fact are as good as I think they are. But with custom's fees and shipping, the price will be dangerously close to buying a steel feder from Jan Chodkiewicz or Peter Regenyei.