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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


Light to moderate training sword. This is not a tournament sparring sword.

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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September 28, 2018
Reviewer: William Crocker from Anza, CA United States  


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As Described Arrived Quickly September 17, 2018
Reviewer: Michele Gulley  
I was impressed with how quickly it arrived. The sword itself seems well weighted and has held up to several rounds of sparing.

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Nice sword for the price September 2, 2018
Reviewer: Jesse good from VT United States  
Very fast shipping and over all i'm quiet pleased with it, although the pommel did come with a pretty noticeable dent in it i would still recommend this for the price.

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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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