Top positive review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2019
Since downgrading my original review, I had to buy a few of these for a workshop as they were literally the only ones available, and fair play to Power Guidance, they've made improvements - this last batch I bought were much better. No rattles, better finish to the welds and better paint, and more consistent knurling. The Wolverson or 9t9 Fitness ones are still better, but these are, once again, a pretty decent option. Well done Power Guidance for listening!
These were brilliant when they first came out, but over the past year the quality has plummeted, and the price has gone ridiculous (sometimes nearly twice the price of the first listing a year ago). I've bought quite a few for workshops, but have ended up returning over half of them - paint flaking off, excessive rattles inside, mis-shapen heads, really sharp knurling, uncleaned welding ridges down the handle. It feels like the first batch were really high quality (and cheap) just to get a bunch of good reviews.
Also there are now much better options now available in the UK. My recommendations:
1. 9t9 Fitness (the new ones on their website weighed in pounds)
2. Valhalla Training Academy (really heavy duty, all steel, made in the UK)
3. Wolverson (excellent, but heavier handles than most)
4. 9t9 Fitness Kg model, currently still here on Amazon. Takes some abuse!
5. Strength Shop maces - rough, but cheaper and useable
6. Last, these Power Guidance ones if you're desperate and must have a mace immediately.
ORIGINAL REVIEW, Autumn 2019:
Really nicely made mace... very similar to the Wolverson maces, but without the knob on the end of the handle (which is better for some movements). Very neatly welded and perfectly central head, good grippy knurling, and perfectly spot on weight. The handle seems sturdy, no flex with it no matter what I do to it.
Leave all manly "I can press 8 times my own weight while whistling the Top Gear theme" guff at the door - the 5kg can really kick you where it hurts (which, having used this all afternoon, seems to be all manner of little places I didn't know I could hurt). With a 5kg for flow/learning and a 7.5kg for heavier complex work you could get a lot of exercise for a long time. Get one! (but get a kettlebell too, obvs)