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Steel Techniques Feder Longsword, Pear Pommel
Steel Longsword with Pear Pommel

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Steel Techniques Feder with Pear Pommel, Moderate Flex

Designed for up to Moderate training to controlled sparring contact levels.

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
  • 6 Month Warranty. Details HERE.

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  • Strong and flexible
  • Excellent value
  • 6 Month Warranty. Details HERE


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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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 105 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great sword! September 22, 2021
Reviewer: Andy from San Diego, CA United States  
Shipped quickly, love the product that came!

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5 of 5 Perfect sword September 9, 2021
Reviewer: Weston from New York  
I do not regret this decision at all. I love this sword. My main use is for stage combat, but I plan on using it for HEMA training as well. It feels absolutely perfect in my hands. The balance, the grip geometry, weight, blade geometry; everything is perfect. It's very nimble and great for training and drilling and I can tell it's very durable. I appreciate the rounded edges too. Communication was wonderful as well. I wanted a rounded tip for stage combat and they had no problem cutting and rounding the tip off for me at no extra charge. The tip does have a bit of discoloration (where they cut and grinded to smooth it out), but it's not very noticeable. I plan on getting a scabbard made for it I love it so much. Thank you! Definitely will be buying more from here!

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5 of 5 Excellent August 11, 2021
Reviewer: Bradley from Hayward, CA United States  
I have been buying a variety of swords lately looking for the one that felt right to me.  Given the relatively cheap cost I didn't expect much from this sword but I was pleasantly surprised.  It has become my favored dueling sword!

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5 of 5 August 10, 2021
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4 of 5 Nice sword! August 2, 2021
Reviewer: randi from indonesia  
Got my sword few days ago. First impressions, it's an incredibly pretty sword in a minimalistic way, i love how it looks and as a shorter fencer, i handles likea dream, the weight and balance is rly just right. It's just that when it arrived, there're very few and minor oxidation spots, not sure how that works, maybe not enough oil when shipped. Also a bit anxious to use techniques that sort of rely on the thumb grip like the zwerch. Execution wise, it feels great, but the hand exposure is something that the wielder will need to account for when drilling or sparring, but maybe it's just something i gotta work on. Overall, it's rly a fine entry level blade, and i'm eager to see how it holds up against prolonged use against other swords. I've heard a lot of good things about it, so hope for the best!

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