|> >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.