Sword review – Eagle Flex Roman Spatha

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Sword review – Eagle Flex Roman Spatha

Overview 3/5

-Quality: 3

-Pricing: $$

-Durability: 3

Overall a good simple sword, ideal for someone who is looking to get their first Latex weapon.

Statistics

-length: 34″ or 85cm

-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: +1.5″

-foam weight: cross-linked polyethelyne

-handle firmness: medium

-core composition: fiberglass

-weapon tip pointed

-striking surface beveled

-core capped to prevent tearing /splitting /punch-through of the foam

Review

I originally bought this sword as I was looking to test a sample of the weapons that Eagle Flex manufactures. I’d only ever seen one before in the middle of a fight situation so it was hardly a good chance to get a great look at it.

Eagle Flex are a wholesalers based out of India who appear to specialise in making re-enactment weaponry and costumes, so naturally it makes sense that they would move into the LARP weapons market.

I ordered the weapon from a local distributer and was excited to receive the weapon in less than 3 days, which is the fastest I’ve ever received anything I’ve ever ordered in this industry, though this of course is a reflection of the distributor who sells from stock as opposed to the producer themselves.

On first look the weapons are as much as you would imagine. No frills but solidly built. The weapon has a nice lightweight but sturdy feel, the blade is a little bit wider than I would have initially thought judging by the picture, though this in no way detracts from the ease with which it slices through the air. The blade was coloured with a dark grey with hints of sliver metallic pigment throughout which gives a dark almost gothic feel to the blade, which I have a bit of a personal preference for.

The guard appears to have been made of two solid lumps of foam which gives a sturdy feel, and I’m not too worried about the pommel either. It feels pretty secure even after some rigorous training, though as with most weapons excessive use would probably decimate the poor thing.

The blade is coated with a solid non-flexible varnish which is a bit of a concern. ¬†After a number of strikes the varnish can be seen visibly flaking, and whilst this won’t effect the safety of the weapon it will mean that after some period of time the latex will start degrading and this is likely to happen a lot sooner than weapons covered in a flexible varnish.

The handle has a simple grip which appears to have a real leather covering which is pleasant to fight with and has a good amount of rigidity to help with control over the blade.

Beyond this the weapon has a very simple design which makes it more practical than decorative, and were you to use it in a fight and have it break then replacing it wouldn’t be the end of the world due to the ease of purchase and relatively low cost for a Latex weapon.

Conclusion

In summary this is a great beginner weapon for someone who is looking to break out their first latex weapon, or as a basic character sword that can be replaced if something happens to it. There are much better weapons out there for tournament play, and better decorated weapons for those who enjoy character development over combat. However for a simple rank and file or sparring weapon this is probably exactly what you’re looking for.

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