Sword review – Calimacil Novice Sword

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Sword review – Calimacil Novice Sword

Overview 4/5

-Quality: 4

-Pricing: $$$

-Durability: 4

An amazing looking weapon, simple yet functional, significantly more durable than the foam carved and latex covered swords and this design is definitely more affordable than most.

Statistics


-length: 42″ or 105 cm
-weight: 15.9 oz or 450 g
-handle style: firm
-handle size: 10″ long x 4″ circumference, or 25.6 cm long x 10.2 cm circumference
-handle composition: Calimacil foam
-hilt size: 9.5″ or 24.3 cm wide
-hilt composition: Calimacil foam covered in flexible plastic for strength
-foam weight: Calimacil proprietary composition, lightweight, sturdy, distributes force
-foam thickness depth to core on striking surface: +5/8″
-foam thickness depth to core on all non-striking surfaces: +3/8″
-foam thickness from core to end/tip: +1 ½”
-standard core composition: fiberglass rod
-core composition: fiberglass rod
-weapon tips: semi-beveled
-striking surface: semi beveled
-core capped with a fiber matrix to prevent tearing or splitting of the foam

Review

I’ve always been wary of Foam Molded Larp weapons. IN the past I’ve seen them with unlevel rods which can protrude from the sides of the blade, I’ve seen them with inconsistent densities of foam which can prove to be ridiculously dense or too soft. So I was excited to get my hands on a Calimacil weapon as I’d heard so many great things about them.

From the moment you first look at this sword it’s obvious that you’re holding a quality product. The balance has a nice even feel to it, though it may be a little heavy to those who’re used to lighter tournament ready weapons. The colouring of this particular model is rather dark though as I’ve mentioned before this does tend to be my favourite colour pattern. and the sheer level of detail even in this most basic models is incredible.

The squire comes in 3 differing lengths 42″ for the Bastard, 37″ for the Long and 32″ for the Short sword. Though all cost around the same price, so you really are just choosing your ideal weapon length. I suspect the main reason for the lack of price difference is due to the lengthy production process. The difference in materials between the longer and shorter sword really is negligible as it’s all blade length. But the manufacturing process which takes up the bulk of the time is where the cost comes in.

The weapon is made from two different densities of foam with a distinctive join line between the two at the point where the blade meets the guard. The softer foam on the blade is actually a lot less dense than many of the latex weapons I’ve seen such as the ones by Eagle Flex. In contrast, the foam for the guard is incredibly solid. In fact so solid that you can use the  guard for “fingering”  to gain additional control over the weapon.

You may notice a small hole at the tip of the blade, this is used to steady the rod during creation to ensure that the rod is securely centred throughout the blade and has no negative side effect to the weapon itself.

In combat I did notice the Bastard sword could be a little unwieldy in one hand compared to a non-latex or even a Latex Boffer sword. Though when used against someone with a similar weapon this weight added to a tremendous sense of realism which made fighting incredibly fun.

Conclusion

I was incredibly impressed with this weapon, and for the cost I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is looking to try a foam weapon for the first time, or even to someone who just wanted a classier looking weapon out of all of the weapons I’ve used I suspect the durability on this to last the longest. All in all a great choice.

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