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The urumi is still used in Kerala's Martial Arts, particularly Kalaripayattu. It is always the last weapon taught because of the danger it poses to the wielder.
The sword is a flexible band of steel three-quarters to one inch in width, and long enough to reach from the fingertip of one hand to the finger tip of the other hand when the hands are held outstretched (usually about four or five and a half feet).
It has a small handle with a cover. Often there are multiple belts on a single handle, which makes it more dangerous to the opponents and wielders alike. In modern times it is often made from used band-saw blades and packing bands
Originally posted by BigBruddah
A simple longsword would pose more danger, the metal being able to twist means its weak and 5.5 feet long isnt huge, a longsword is both stronger and can be used at a greater distance. The only way that would be more dangerous is if it was used by suprise.
Originally posted by filosophia
I'm not sure how dangerous this weapon is but a samurai sword can cut through 3 to 5 bodies in one slice. They tested this on dead corpses and if it didn't go through a certain number of bodies the sword was discarded.