Have they softened up any? The few I met 2 or more years ago (have I really been back that long?
) might as well have been made of wood. Medium-light shots left bruises (I don't bruise easily) and one medium-light hit even numbed out my hand for several minutes. Never had that with any other weapon. It's given me a mistrust of their reds. Their blues are cool, especially after a little breaking in, but those reds... I know people who are big fans of their weapons who'll advise others to avoid their red swords. When I hear about them passing at so many events, it makes me wonder which of the following is true:
1. Was I just plain unlucky, encountering a series of lemons that hit too hard?
2. Do weapons checkers not know how to swing decently hard in those far away places?
3. Is it The Emperor's New Clothes Syndrome? They're made by a reputable manufacturer, so they must be safe, right? And because they don't fail, negative feedback doesn't make it back to the source, so the design never changes.
4. Have they changed the padding they use to make them friendlier?