dallas wrote:The pool noodle and pvc is the best I could come up with for the average person to use. I used the tatami mats and bamboo in my 30 plus years of martial arts training, but how many people can run down to the local hardware store for that? I came up with something for my friends to use that is easy to get. Also, it is less forgiving of a misangled strike. That helps build better skill
Except it is very likely to damage your blade and ruin your time cutting when your sword is chipped or rolled due to being abused. PVC is way too hard to use with sword practice and cutting. Might as well be trying to cut an iron pipe. (don't try to cut an iron pipe btw) Your suggested material for practice would not build better skill, it would build frustration and an empty wallet trying to replace damaged swords. Not to mention the glue residue from duct tape getting all over your sword, I would hate to have to clean that off my sword after cutting practice.
Not sure why you would expect to go to a local hardware store for back yard sword cutting supplies.
Pool noodles on their own are a great cheap practice tool for cutting, however they need very precise edge alignment. While an easy to cut material they are also so light and flexible, poor alignment just bends them rather than cutting. Pool noodles make great cutting targets when someone doesn't put pvc inside them. As they help teach proper edge alignment.
As Chenessfan mentioned soaked newspaper rolls are a common DIY replacement for tatmami mats. Also common is simple beach mats, you can often find these at $1 stores. Just be careful to inspect them for metal.
Both green and dry bamboo are common cutting materials also. often used as a bone analog. Easy to get some either by a trip to a garden supply store, or often you can find a neighbor growing bamboo who would not mind you thinning out theirs a bit, since it grows like crazy.
Since you have butchered animals and know humans, I find it odd you would make such a mistake in comparing pvc pool noodle and duct tape to human limbs.
OK I am done with this tangent, I don't want to keep going off topic and hijacking this thread. So if someone has more questions about proper sword targets PM rather than comment in this thread.