Quality Epee Blades?

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Bernard Hu » Wed, 27 Apr 1994 01:19:36


Quote:

>Howdy netters,

>Can anyone recommend a particular brand of epee blade that is both
>stiff and durable?

>I have been rather disappointed thus far with Leon Paul, Scaroni,
>France-Lame, and Silverstar.  The Leon Paul was too floppy.  The

Have you tried the new style Leon Paul blades ?
They have a very deep (and wide) triangular section, which I would imagine is
stiffer than the older style (I'm not really an epee fencer), and should
also last longer.

As a follow on question - is it just me, or do these new blades have a
funny resonance which leaves them vibrating slightly for a long time after
every clash of blades ?

Bernie

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Atho » Tue, 26 Apr 1994 23:51:07

Howdy netters,

Can anyone recommend a particular brand of epee blade that is both
stiff and durable?

I have been rather disappointed thus far with Leon Paul, Scaroni,
France-Lame, and Silverstar.  The Leon Paul was too floppy.  The
Scaronis are nice, but quality control is spotty, France-lame has
not been very durable (although they are nice and stiff), and the
Silverstar is durable, but way too floppy.

I used to buy Russian blades from American, but it is really hit
or miss on the quality of any particular blade.  Now that I live
in the sticks and have to do business by mail, I'd like folks'
opinions on epee blades such as the Hostin products.

Thanks.

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Greg Olsen
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0814
Phone: 402-472-9869

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Quality Epee Blades?

Post by MR T BUCHAN » Wed, 27 Apr 1994 03:31:57

Quote:


>Subject: Re: Quality Epee Blades?
>Date: Mon, 25 Apr 1994 16:19:36 GMT

>>Howdy netters,

>>Can anyone recommend a particular brand of epee blade that is both
>>stiff and durable?

>>I have been rather disappointed thus far with Leon Paul, Scaroni,
>>France-Lame, and Silverstar.  The Leon Paul was too floppy.  The
>Have you tried the new style Leon Paul blades ?
>They have a very deep (and wide) triangular section, which I would imagine is
>stiffer than the older style (I'm not really an epee fencer), and should
>also last longer.
>As a follow on question - is it just me, or do these new blades have a
>funny resonance which leaves them vibrating slightly for a long time after
>every clash of blades ?
>Bernie

It's not just you - they do resonate. Feels kinda weird, but I really like
these blades.

Tom.

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Dick Ki » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 01:25:45


|> >Howdy netters,
|> >
|> >Can anyone recommend a particular brand of epee blade that is both
|> >stiff and durable?
|> >
|> >I have been rather disappointed thus far with Leon Paul, Scaroni,
|> >France-Lame, and Silverstar.  The Leon Paul was too floppy.  The
|>
|> Have you tried the new style Leon Paul blades ?
|> They have a very deep (and wide) triangular section, which I would imagine is
|> stiffer than the older style (I'm not really an epee fencer), and should
|> also last longer.

[I have no idea what the "old style Leon Paul" epee blade is like.  The new
ones are not stiff.  They are quite flexible.

I've only had one in service for about six months or so, which is long enough
to refute an assertion that they are very brittle.  I can't yet assert that
they last longer than most of the ones i used, but they hold up well.

|>
|> As a follow on question - is it just me, or do these new blades have a
|> funny resonance which leaves them vibrating slightly for a long time after
|> every clash of blades ?

It's not just you.  These new blades have a funny resonance ...

It sounds wierd if your opponent also has a new style Leon Paul blade.

Remember when Aluminum baseball bats were introduced?  Pundits were claiming
people would never get used to the sound.  History repeats itself, i guess.

-dk

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by gr.. » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 03:56:05

While I have had bad luck with FL plain epee's, their Hosten Plus blades have
always been my favorite.  Light/stiff/durable... those are my criteria.

I have seen the LP blades... they seem like sheet metal which was bent into a
"V".  Anyone have long-term-practical experience with them?  I didn't trust
them for "lasting"... neat idea though...

-Dana

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Palit, Sum » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 23:04:00

Quote:

>Have you tried the new style Leon Paul blades ?
>They have a very deep (and wide) triangular section, which I would imagine is
>stiffer than the older style (I'm not really an epee fencer), and should
>also last longer.

>Bernie

Yup, I have two of the new leon Pauls and they are a little stiffer than the
France-Lame blades and not as soft. Also, they don't keep a bend very well,
and spring back to shape (even after some rather *** corps-de-corps..:-|
rather well.... on the whole, a better buy than France-Lame, IMHO

Suman Palit

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Paul Bouchier-Hay » Fri, 29 Apr 1994 19:50:14


Quote:


>|> >Howdy netters,
>|> >
>|> >Can anyone recommend a particular brand of epee blade that is both
>|> >stiff and durable?
>|> >
>|> >I have been rather disappointed thus far with Leon Paul, Scaroni,
>|> >France-Lame, and Silverstar.  The Leon Paul was too floppy.  The
>|>
>|> Have you tried the new style Leon Paul blades ?
>|> They have a very deep (and wide) triangular section, which I would imagine is
>|> stiffer than the older style (I'm not really an epee fencer), and should
>|> also last longer.
>[I have no idea what the "old style Leon Paul" epee blade is like.  The new
>ones are not stiff.  They are quite flexible.
>I've only had one in service for about six months or so, which is long enough
>to refute an assertion that they are very brittle.  I can't yet assert that
>they last longer than most of the ones i used, but they hold up well.
>|>
>|> As a follow on question - is it just me, or do these new blades have a
>|> funny resonance which leaves them vibrating slightly for a long time after
>|> every clash of blades ?
>It's not just you.  These new blades have a funny resonance ...
>It sounds wierd if your opponent also has a new style Leon Paul blade.
>Remember when Aluminum baseball bats were introduced?  Pundits were claiming
>people would never get used to the sound.  History repeats itself, i guess.
>-dk

Have you tried the Ulman blades?

They are very wide and the stiffest blades I have come across to date.
Trouble is they cost a bomb.

Paul Bouchier-Hayes

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Dick Ki » Fri, 29 Apr 1994 03:16:21

|>
|> While I have had bad luck with FL plain epee's, their Hosten Plus blades have
|> always been my favorite.  Light/stiff/durable... those are my criteria.
|>
|> I have seen the LP blades... they seem like sheet metal which was bent into a
|> "V".  Anyone have long-term-practical experience with them?  I didn't trust
|> them for "lasting"... neat idea though...
|>
|> -Dana

Oh.  One last peculiarity of these blades.

I attacked another right hander in 4 with my hand in supination, so the V was
pointing to my left, his right.  He did a bicep parry, too late, after my point
was seated.

BIG backwards bend.

It didn't break.  It just bent.  Sharply, 85 degrees, about 10cm from the tip.

I took a small box end wrench, poked the blade thru the circle, and bent it
approximately straight, and looked at it under a 10X magnifier to see if there
were any cracks.  Nada.  This was over two months ago and i am still wielding
it.

I think a forged blade would have snapped on that radical a reverse bend.

-dk

 
 
 

Quality Epee Blades?

Post by Susan Mullhau » Sun, 01 May 1994 05:48:49

        [About the new Leon Paul epee blades..]

Quote:
>As a follow on question - is it just me, or do these new blades have a
>funny resonance which leaves them vibrating slightly for a long time after
>every clash of blades ?

It's not just you - they really do vibrate in a characteristic way.

Later,
Andrew Mullhaupt