Many years ago whilst living in the woods in Scotland I discovered that birch is the perfect material for making wooden swords as it can take a lot of continuous impact without becoming damaged or disfigured. I played with sticks and wooden swords as a child and I still get hours of fun battling with my children. I personally believe that such activity does not make one become a violent person and the aim of such games is not to hurt the opponent and is far healthier than shooting zombies on a screen for hours.