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

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Price: $199.00

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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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  • 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: 35 Write a review »

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Good club sword December 6, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Panian from Vernon, BC Canada  
This sword is  well balanced and not that much more expensive than a synthetic.  Our club has several of these and also the arming swords from the same maker.   These have a rolled tip.  I prefer a spatulated tip but thats ok.    The blades have  uniform flex rather than a flex emphasizing the weak.  The metal is softer than the more expensive swords in our group so they tend to take a bit of a beatng over time.  Nevertheless, I think that they are a good first sword.

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Feder for the Win! November 5, 2018
Reviewer: Kurt Leffler from Homer, AK United States  
This is a great training tool. I look forward to it's use here at my academy. For too long affordable and well made functional training weapons have been out of reach.  I am incredibly grateful at the quality and affordability of this item. Thank you and I will be buying another or dozen...

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Training sword October 27, 2018
Reviewer: RONALD WAHAB from Bath, NC United States  
Very pleased with my steel technique. Handle is solid and long enough, well balanced while doing cutting drills. Look forward to long use.

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A Great sword for its price! October 25, 2018
Reviewer: Ryan Vreeland from Edgewater, MD United States  
I really liked this sword from the beginning. It has its faults, but I really enjoy fencing with it. It handles beautifully, (albeit a bit more floppy, due to its flexibility), and hits about as much as my Regenyei. I do like its flexibility as helps with the thrust. Its also perfect for people that want a shorter sword to mimic something you would carrying around comfortably.
       Some things to look out for, is it makes some noise when being from the hilt. Either from leather rubbing on leather, or leather rubbing on metal. Another thing is the cross-guard is a bit soft, and gets banged up quite a bit. One would need to make sure no sharp bits are on it. I've been able to just run a file over it to get rid of sharp bits.
Overall, excellent sword for its price!!

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Feels good, budget grip, great for the price October 17, 2018
Reviewer: Chris Pijuan from Anchorage, AK United States  
I haven't sparred with it yet so I can't tell you about strength quite yet but everything else seems good.
Blade looks good and has great balance. It has good flex without being flimsy. I meant to buy a round not folded tip, but that's my fault.
The leather wound grip feels like it'll last for years of training, but edges of the leather rise when sliding my hands and may age prematurely with work and sweat.

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