Acrylic blades are NOT meant for dueling. They are for daytime shows and such to catch the light (especially the flourescent ones) and look cool. By the nature of the material it will shatter on impact. Polycarbonate is the way to go, I personally am not a huge fan of the dowel rod inside as they do not flex with the tube and will break. As such you will need to replace the dowel rods more often than I am happy with. What I'm considering is a carbon fiber rod from Randomsabers fitted inside one of the standard polycarb. tubes. This will give me the OD I want as well as enabling me to color the blade without worrying about paint or tape coming off in combat. We'll see what comes of it! JediBaja, go for the practice hilt if you wish, however I would reccomend putting some sort of a grip on it for better hand control.