An absolute must if you plan on sparring. The standard tips are pointy enough to easily take out an eyeball with an errant swing. FYI they don't stay put well. The jarring of the blades rattles them loose. Just a drop of glue will lock them down properly.
I can’t review this item because despite being purchased 11days ago I still haven’t received it. My one request from this company would be to ship thru another provided other than the post office.