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Steel Techniques Feder with Pear Pommel
Steel Techniques Feder with Pear Pommel


 
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Steel Techniques Feder with Pear Pommel

Part of the Techniques or Tech line, made exclusively for Purpleheart Armoury in Hungary.

  • Designed to feel closer to a real sword than most feders, the Point of Balance is slight farther out.
  • A more historically sized grip brings your hands closer together for killing motions. Designed for true cutting techniques.
  • An excellent choice for practicing paired techniques

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Mike
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  • Strong and flexible
  • Excellent value

Review

Thanks to Natasha Darce', I just received a pair of the new VB blunts that are now available from Purpleheart. These are also available with wheel/disc pommels, but I prefer this type as it extends the handle for use with gloves.

I absolutely love these things and I'm really happy they will be on the market. Before I go into why, I'd like to say these aren't actually blunts, at least as that word is commonly used. The term "blunt" is typically used to refer to swords which have the geometry of sharp swords but with edges that aren't sharpened. Consequently, their edges are quite thin. A blunt is a sword that can be turned into a sharp. Maybe not always a great sharp, but all the "blunts" I've seen, including the Chlebowski XVa blunt that I won at Schwertkampf 2013, can be turned into a pretty good sharp sword. These VB swords cannot be made into functional sharps. They have feder blades, complete with excellent safety flex in the weak.

Why do I love these things?

1. They are about the size of most of my sharps. The blade is about half an inch longer, and the handle is about an inch, inch and a half longer. So they are small enough to drill at realistic distance for the type of smaller longsword that I am interested in, but just big enough to use with gloves. Being a lot smaller than a typical feder, they can also be used by smaller people without causing as many issues. They also feel great in the hands and have good point control. They feel very lively. I enjoy using them.

2. They don't have schilts. I am starting to hate schilts, as they often get in the way of some technique drills. I'm tired of saying, "Well it's getting caught up on the schilt, but in a real sword, blah blah blah." If I'm fencing without gloves or with light gloves, I want a schilt. Otherwise, no thank you.

3. They fit perfectly in my list of needs/wants for a training tool. I want a sharp to solo train and cut with, a blunt to drill with, and a sword exactly like this one to fence with in normal gear, and a feder to compete with. If I don't have a blunt, then this sword is much better than a feder for drilling. There is no obnoxiously long handle, or obnoxiously long blade. I currently use a custom Chclebowski with a handle shortened by one inch, and these will be replacing that tool for most of my paired drilling, mostly because the blade flex is much better and I can thrust harder without hurting people. I will also be fencing with these swords most of the time instead of my Regenyei, which is significantly longer than any of my sharps.

Video review coming soon.


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Steel Techniques Feder February 4, 2018
Reviewer: David from Wilmington, DE United States  
The feder was more than as advertised! Great feel and balance.  Performance during Feder-on-Feder training was superior to competitor swords.

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Excellent product, fast February 2, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Ekelmann from Bellevue, WA United States  
As always, Purpleheart is the go to place for HEMA training items. The feder arrived quickly and was well packaged.

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February 1, 2018
Reviewer: Victoria Hawkins from Warner Robins, GA United States  


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Initial impressions January 3, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Erbach from Arden, NC United States  
This is a great sword. It is similar in weight, size, and balance to my sharp, and it is a perfect size for my 15 yr old daughter, who couldn't quite maneuver a steel fedder. The furniture is all nicely put together, no looseness or rattling. I did a little light sparring against an opponent with a Regenyei fedder, and the blade held it's own very well. It is a bit more flexible and slightly shorter, but perfect size for a kid or a smaller adult, and in my hands it felt extremely light and quick. Great sword for the price!

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High quality, feels great, excellent price December 16, 2017
Reviewer: Donald Cameron from Barrie, ON Canada  
Solid construction, nice long grip with comfortable pommel, very pleasing to the eye.

Blade length and profile are shorter and slimmer than expected, and point of balance is almost right on the crossguard, but otherwise very happy with this sword

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