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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
  • 6 Month Warranty. Details HERE

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.


Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 54 Write a review »

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Exactly what I hoped for September 17, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Ever since I started training with a HEMA group, I’ve wanted that real steel in my hands. This thing is gorgeous; shipped in excellent condition.

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Great practice sword September 15, 2019
Reviewer: Samuel White from Burlington, NC United States  
So far so good. It feels great in the hand. Don't forget to oil and wipe it down after each use or it will develop rust spots. Not a big deal if it happens, just rub them with metal polish and steel wool.

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Nice! August 26, 2019
Reviewer: Scott Risso from Glendale, AZ United States  
I've only sparred a little with it, but it's already holding up better than my VB feder.  Love the way it handles too!

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Great for the price August 12, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from CA  
Looks fantastic and feels well made. It's held up so far with sword on sword partner drills. The leather wrap is elegantly done.

Some gripes:

1) the center of balance is ~3" (~760mm) distal to the guard, not the 1.5" as described

2)  handle is a little short for me, another 0.75" would have been great (which would potentially balance it to the 1.5" spec)

All in all, a great beginner/ beater blunt.

I would love to see another VB offering in this configuration:

ring hilt
~38" blade with flared tip
1.5-2" center of balance
12" (including pommel) handle

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Purchased for drilling tools, wonderfully suited August 10, 2019
Reviewer: Bryant from Austin, TX United States  
Bought these for my school as drilling swords. We use them in low- and moderate-impact drilling and relatively slow, controlled sparring where technique is the focus. They will hold up to sparring, but shouldn't be bought for this purpose, as they aren't really designed for it.

Flex is good, handling is decent. Bind work is kind of fun with these, as they are solid enough in the bind to work from, but if your edge alignment is even slightly off, you (and your opponent) will instantly know. There's no "pushing with the flat" with these - they just flex when you resist with the flat.

Overall, feels like a good quality, sturdy training tool. Is NOT a competition blade, but isn't designed to be.

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