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

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Steel Techniques Feder with Pear Pommel, LIGHT Flex

This is a limited run product. Its only to be used for Light to Moderate trianing and Light Sparring training.

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 cutting motions.
  • 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.

Techniques Longsword, Pear Pommel, Medium Flex Sword Tip Rubber Blunts w/Metal Insert - Set of 4
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Steel Longsword with Pear Pommel Sword Tip Rubber Blunts w/Metal Insert - Set of 4

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Good quality, amazing price February 27, 2024
Reviewer: Terry Sebolt from San Antonio, TX United States  
Impressively good swords for the price. Bought two for club loaner gear. One of my students liked it so much, she bought one of her own. My most experienced longsworders were impressed with the feel and quality. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 Good product, but inconsistent June 2, 2023
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
We ordered 2 of these swords - one for me, one for my wife. Mine is noticeably lighter and better weighted than hers. That is not to say that hers is all that bad, but the difference is distinct. A few of our club mates also have these, and a comparison of 5 of them showed quite a spectrum in weight and balance. For a beginner longsword, it is still a good option, but be aware that you may get something nimble, or you may get nimble and quick, or you may get slower and harder hitting.

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5 of 5 Steel Techniques Feder Longsword review October 19, 2022
Reviewer: dorin bollhorn from calgary, AB Canada  
We ordered two swords for practice. My son and I have both stabbed each other multiple times and have enjoyed dueling with the feel of steel.

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