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First of all, because they are foam. They are safe. The latest technology has enabled us to take the danger and pain out of sword fighting. The direct effect of fighting with real swords is death or dismemberment. The direct effect of fighting with wooden or bamboo swords is improvement in skill, but the side effect is pain, as we get hit over the head, in the throat, or on the knuckles with the practice sword. A foam sword does for sword fighting what Novocaine did for dentistry – it makes it painless. The direct effect of fighting with foam swords is fun, and the side effect is an improvement