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11 months of excellence
I bought one of these Rakis 2013 and used it 2 to 3 times a week every week. It lasted 11 months before it tipped. That is the only reason it became illegal to use. The striking edges are fine and legal, just not the stabbing tip.

Getting 11 months out of a sword is amazing compared to using drill spot foam and blowing the sword out in a month.

I would highly recommend this for everyone.
From: Christopher | Date: 6/16/2014 12:39 PM
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Quality / Consistency
I have been buying swords exclusively from WLS for several years now and have bought them as gifts for others.  Primarily because they don't break down and they are a high quality tool.

Several of my "deep ditch" friends are also exclusively WLS because they get tired of replacing sub-par materials all the time.

Well worth the money.
From: Tim | Date: 9/4/2014 7:25 AM
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these swords are made by wizzards
I once threw a spin shot on a lefty with one of these swords and a tree fell down. I give these swords a rating of 52 German Panzer tanks out of 52 German Panzer Tanks. If you like throwing spins shots and hate mother nature you should defiantly get one of these bad boys.
From: Juan | Date: 12/18/2014 10:13 PM
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Stands up to heavy swingers
Most people say I hit too hard. I don't try to, but it is what it is. I cannot use golf shaft sword because I break the shaft and destroy the foam before I leave the park. I've broken 5 weapons that were built to stand up the abuse of fighters like Bolt and Kurse. That's the backstory, here is the review:
I've had a pair of WLS 35" Tough swords for about a year now. The foam is still in excellent shape and the worst thing that has happened with the swords is that one of them has developed a little rattle. They have withstood weekly use at park and went through Clan without a hitch. If you're like me and have a hard time building weapons that don't break every week, these will serve you well.
From: Kel | Date: 12/19/2014 8:59 AM
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It's a sword. It's a good sword.
The cover is much better than tights, the foam is better than pool noodle ever was, it is weighted well. It's a good sword.

Quite simply this is now THE standard in Amtgard. If someone else sells swords, they better be a LOT cheaper, because I do not think it is possible to be better quality.
From: Elder | Date: 12/19/2014 9:48 AM
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best sword you can buy
This is the best weapon on the market. Hands down. I only use WLS swords these days because there is no other material or provider who can produce a sword of this quality and durability. Buy it. Try it. You won't regret it.
From: Tim | Date: 12/19/2014 11:44 AM
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The sword I prefer (to get hit with)
I don't prefer to use these sword due to some personal preferences; however this is definitely the sword I prefer to be swung at me.  I have never been injured or even made more than marginally uncomfortably with one of these swords.  It's hard to trust foam fighters who make their own equipment - my opponent using a WLS sword changes my combat computer from, "This is a gang fight," back to "This is a ditch."
From: Mike | Date: 12/19/2014 12:59 PM
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Great equipment
I've been using WLS swords for a few years now. I've found the gear to be consistently phenomenal. I typically buy my swords in pairs and will generally get a pair of the tough and a pair of the minimal weight swords.

Both types of swords have held up to very heavy-handed usage and are products I would recommend to anyone looking for foam combat gear. They've stood up to the rigors of playing Dag, Amtgard, and have been used for lightest touch systems like Dystopia Rising.

Their survivability rate out lasts anything else I've ever used and they stand up to my "swing for the fences" style of fighting. In my eyes, Warlord Sports has become the standard for foam fighting gear.
From: Benjamin | Date: 12/19/2014 2:53 PM
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34" swords
Acquired two of the 34" swords use and abuse the hell out of them. They're still in great condition after all the crammed into sword bag packed into cars shuffled around states. These Swords can really take as much beating as they dish out.
From: james | Date: 12/19/2014 4:53 PM
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These are just the best quality around
I love my WLS sword. It is weighted well and doesn't suck to get hit with. I do a lot of stabbing and it has help up extremely well. I use it at least once a week and it is still legal after a year, what more could you ask for?
From: Justin | Date: 12/20/2014 10:37 AM
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These swords are simply amazing.

I have three. One was a hand-me-down from a friend who quit doing the foam fighting games.

They are all several years old and hold up incredibly well. If you think that you shouldn't spend the extra money because you aren't that hardcore of a fighter, think again. These will still last so much longer that it will more than make up for the difference in price.

Why are you still reading reviews? Skip the fast food for a couple of weeks and get the best sword around already.
From: David | Date: 12/22/2014 4:44 PM
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Awesome Swords
I have used my light omniblades for about a year and a half. I have only replaced the foam once, and that's mostly because I couldn't believe they were still fine after so much use (the foam was still fine). I fight 2-3 times a week, and I hit with average force.

I'm pretty picky about my swords, and I love how these feel. Not to mention how much my knuckles appreciate fighting against these swords, instead of broken-down funnoodle.

I highly recommend these swords, especially if you are tired of rebuilding your swords every few months. They are high quality, and they feel great.
From: Anna | Date: 12/24/2014 11:03 AM
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I think these look terrible (aesthetically), but I bought one hoping it would be more performant than the Forged Foam sword I was using. It wasn't any lighter and while it was a bit better balanced it wasn't sufficiently so to justify using something that looked like that, so I tossed it my park's loaner pile.

In fairness, it's become one of the more popular loaners, and it's durable enough to last for years. At $35 it may be a good buy for someone who wants a stick that is going to last forever at a cheap price, but it's not for me.
From: James | Date: 2/27/2015 1:21 PM
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Would definitely recommend
I am an veteran (about 20 years) Amtgarder, with experience in Bel and Dag.  

I bought a light model WLS stick and love it.  It is a decent, solid workhorse sword.  A few key points for somebody looking to purchase:

1. While it's the light model, the #1 focus is is still durability.  It is definitely not "light" in a traditional Amtgard sense, it is just lighter than the other models.

2. The role of the sword in your arsenal should be that of a control/timing stick.  It is very solid to block with, and the feel is perfect to choke up and close.  It has great balance for throwing hip-powered and momentum shots, and stabs very cleanly.  

I think it does not perform well with wrist-controlled shots, super fast direction changes, and fighting styles that you may typically see used by a really young and fast "ultra-light" type of fighter.  

3. A good sense of how the sword performs; watch videos of Brennan, the people who work here, or fighters you know that swear by these swords, and recognize that this sword suites their style.    

4. It will definitely become the workhorse of your arsenal.  It's always there, it doesn't break, it's always legal.  Its well worth the price many times over.  Even if this sword does not suit your style, everyone should own one, for this reason.  When you don't have time in RL to repair your sticks, you will always have your WLS stick as a backup.      

5.  The sports-tape handles will cause blistering and callousing, especially for those accustomed to athletic tape handles.  Just be prepared for it.  

6. The pommel tech is a weak point, I think.  My pommel fell off on day 1.  Granted, if there is going to be a weak point, I'm fine with it being the pommel.  It was just a little disappointing.  

7. Blade durability is no joke.  This thing just doesn't break down.  My "light" sword is just solid and good, hits perfectly, and is showing no signs of breakdown.  I would guess that the tough versions will be laying around next to cockroaches and irradiated soil long after humans are extinct.  
From: Charles | Date: 8/31/2015 1:12 PM
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Review follow-up
Just as a quick follow-up; moments after posting my review, the owner apologized for the pommel circumstance, and noted that his team is doing a pommel QR check on their stock.  As I mentioned, they take the durability of their product very seriously.  
From: Charles | Date: 8/31/2015 2:28 PM
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Amazing Longevity
My review will be a bit tricky, as I don't own the exact model that WLS is currently offering.

I bought my paid of omniblades at an event in 2010. I fought with them pretty much non-stop in both Amtgard and Belegarth for that entire period. The original covers eventually died but otherwise I didn't replace a single bit of the sword.

To start off, I loved the balance. They were heavy enough to meet the Bel requirements but never felt clumsy, despite being 36".

I just broke one of the swords, but it was the core only that failed on an awkward shot that had too much of my body momentum behind it.I took it home and stripped it down to make a dagger for my son. The foam was still almost perfect. It had a soft spot where I hit most often, but was still legal and in pristine shape. The MC tip and stabbing portion felt brand new.

Overall, I love my swords and can't wait to use the new ones I bought. Hoping they last even half as long as my originals.
From: Robbie | Date: 10/10/2016 7:49 PM
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