Synthetic swords are an essential part of our practice. The ability to drill and spar without heavy clamshell gauntlets is essential for learning the complex grip changes that Meyer calls for. Some of our taller members should be using even longer swords, but at this price point is easy to get everyone usable tools.
One note on the handle. Some of our members think it's too thin. That's a good thing as we can always make it thicker with grip tape, but we can't make it thinner for those with small hands.