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Steel Techniques Feder with Disc Pommel
Steel Techniques Feder with Disc Pommel

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Price: $194.50

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Steel Techniques Feder with Disc 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: 6 Write a review »

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Excellent product at a great price February 3, 2018
Reviewer: Jesse Whitfield from Merimbula, NSW Australia  
My sword arrived in good condition and the delivery was quick. It has great balance, feel and looks. I like that the item matches its description, you get what you see. Although it says the swords point of balance is further out than usual, my particular sword's POB is dead center of the crossguard which I actually quite like. Also Christian was extremely helpful when ordering the item. I would recommend this sword to anyone looking for a training sword.

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ALWAYS A PLEASURE! December 20, 2017
Reviewer: Hugh Sovik from Mobile,, AL United States  
You folks are always a pleasure to deal with, especially considering this last order being a little squirrelly because of my failure to read and notice the disc pommels were out of stock.

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Feder was great. December 8, 2017
Reviewer: Russell Mitchell from Irving, TX United States  
On the shipping, I'd put something over the quillons (one punched through the sidewall of the box), but I'm very happy with the product.

As you know, we part company dramatically on how we think wasters should be designed, or else you guys would be my go-to for pretty much EVERYTHING, as I'm a big fan of your outfit.  First thing I do when I need gear is to see whether you've got something on-hand that can do the job, and your shockingly fast shipping on the feder only reinforces that. Only wish you'd had 2 in stock rather than 1!  :D .

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A very good practice sword November 28, 2017
Reviewer: David T  
It's a relatively short longsword and the pommel is possibly slightly heavier than it should be, but the grip is comfortable the flex and balance are good and the swordwind is audible even with relatively low speed cuts. Overall it's a great practice sword especially at this price.

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November 26, 2017
Reviewer: Nathan Weston from Watertown, MA United States  

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