As I tend to advance in my control of a weapon I use it against, wooden ladders (They are great), posts wrapped in carpet, tires, helpless trees (no bunnies tho)and have long ago reached a place where the integrity (safety) of the weapon is paramount...appearance, Cha!, if its not scored, abraded or just plain LOOKS used that's good...I spent a price I wont mention 6 years ago for a (not folded, not Hanwei) differentially tempered sword from japan designed for tamashigiri (not shinken not nihonto, a cutting iaito). Paid and got still quite nice sword for tamashigiri...after 6 years of cutting is it pretty...NAW.

Practice with weapons on impact etc should be part of learning the weapon...breaking the weapon happens too so watch surroundings (if it comes at you hope you have good reflexes, never broke sai tho, broke tonfa at handle interface)
I'm proof looks arnt everything smile

Karl. Peace.
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