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

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Price: $194.95

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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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  • Strong and flexible
  • Excellent value


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.

Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 27 Write a review »

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
very pleased! July 30, 2018
Reviewer: Matthew Schneider from WARRENTON, OR United States  
took a few weeks to arrive but that's understandable for a hand-made sword. It's very sturdy construction, the tang is nearly the width of the handle which looks to be thick leather sandwiched on the tang and wrapped with thick leather.  guard looks to be fitted tight with spacers against the blade and moves none but does make just a bit of noise in some movements, pommel is peened on very well with no burrs... I polished mine with 220-400 grit paper and ground down the 'edges' more rounded..One person I see saw the angles as a bad thing but it's REALLY easy to round them more in less than an hour. I'm very happy with this for practice!  excellent balance and feels wonderful in the hand...I would definitely recommend !

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July 27, 2018
Reviewer: Facundo Vega from Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina  

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July 26, 2018
Reviewer: Sean Yohe from San Diego, CA United States  

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Great trainer for the price! July 24, 2018
Reviewer: Kevin from Oregon  
first off, the price is my favorite part(i opted to get a blue cord wrap to identify my weapon faster, and it matches my garb :) Arrived the day I was hoping it would, and I had it for the event I was attending(a smaller fair) later that week.

i've been using it for about 2 weeks now, it has faced up(and held up to) an albion, a tinker, and a feder(though I forget the maker of it) only minor burs, and no real dings. Easily filed off without much effort. It is definitely a cutter(like most sharps, which i like) I use hoof style gloves for heavy protection and with the way I grip, it moves just like I want it too. In the bind... my only complaint is the rolled tip... but I'm not used to that yet... I'll learn to slide/wind as needed over more time using it.

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Good performance, bad durability July 19, 2018
Reviewer: Rob K from Frederick, MD  
Holding this thing in your hands it feels fantastic, the balance is superb and it handles like a sharp which is great. I can't think of a better handling blunt longsword I've ever used in 10+ years of HEMA. The grip is about half an inch or so longer than I would like, but that gives it room for gloves and gauntlets, so I can't knock anything off the score for that.

Unfortunately, the blade edge is sharply right angled to the flat instead of being rounded off. After only a handful of binding drills (using two of these swords) there were numerous sharp burrs along the blade. It's one thing to have damage from different blades, but when using two of the same I would expect better quality, and it's highly disappointing. I can't recommend using this sword outside of solo practice. Even at half speed the blades are getting damaged, so we won't be using these in our club for drilling or sparring of any kind.

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