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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: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 18 Write a review »

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Love the Sword June 13, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Savannah, GA United States  
I liked the look and the size of this feder, but didn't expect it to be one of my favorite swords. Now, at 200 bucks, I can't believe we all don't use these. I have a Chlebowski that I love, but we have the technology and safety gear to use more realistic sized and shaped longswords, and for me, fighting with a cool looking sword is at least 30% of the fun of HEMA.  The only downsides are that it doesn't produce the sword wind for practicing cutting that you get with other feders or sharps. The other one isn't so much a downside, because it's realistic, but it is a bit shorter than standard feders.  Unless everyone was using one of these, I will probably stick with the Chlebowski in tounaments, but for sparring against longer swords, using this sword will make you a better fighter. Also, it's much prettier than the picture on the website.

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Solid sparring blade for an excellent price. June 7, 2018
Reviewer: Alaric Weigle from Cedar Park, TX United States  
Handles well, good weight, cord wrap was excellent (as always from Purpleheart), and the quality of construction is up there with blades twice as expensive.

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Purpleheart Longsword June 7, 2018
Reviewer: Andrew Heinrich from San Antonio, TX United States  
I have yet to find a better weapon at this price point anywhere from any manufacturer.

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Perfect first sword! May 31, 2018
Reviewer: Anne  
The Techniques Feder was recommended at my dojo and it's perfect for me--weight and balance just right

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Solid May 30, 2018
Reviewer: Matt Baxter from Sicamous, BC Canada  
Me and a friend of mine got a couple and just finished are first sparing session with them and they felt great
They felt good in the hands and was no rattle.
Some nicks on the blades but nothing bad, would defiantly recommend

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