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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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4 of 5 robust and historical December 7, 2021
Reviewer: David Batchman from San Diego, CA United States  
this trainer is accurate to longswords of its type and time period in weight and size and the construction is pretty good. there is a slight rattle coming from the cross guard that developed after a few hits during sparring, but no movement. there are likely tiny internal gaps that give the blade room to wiggle. I'd chalk it up to factory tolerances in the milling, not construction quality. I am confident the construction will remain solid. lively to handle but strikes with authority. very pleased.

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5 of 5 Absolute unit of a sword for low cost December 2, 2021
Reviewer: Dude from ,  
Balance feels like a real sword and is a joy to swing around alone. It’s completely suitable for sparring as long as you’re in full gear and it has immense cutting power while maintaining enough weight in the hilt for point work. The construction is rock solid. The blade barely has any scratches on it even after repeated bashing into other blades and there is no rattle at all. 10/10

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5 of 5 Great Sword November 21, 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Eugene, OR United States  
This is my first feder, so I have no basis for comparison, but the craftsmanship and appearance of this sword is top-notch. These are also what the fencing academy I attend uses for in-house practice swords, so I know they can take a beating. 10/10 would (and probably will) buy again.

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5 of 5 October 28, 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Racine, WI United States  
Great for drills at home and controlled sparring at my club.

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5 of 5 October 25, 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Brooklyn, NY United States  

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