I'm not real new to the sport, but I have not yet had to repair a foil blade. I've watched the Chinese video ad nauseum- how hard can it be? Apparently, harder than I thought. Tell me, exactly, how to bend the tang to maximize your touch. I had been told, in general terms, that the tang is bent slightly downward and toward the inside line, so when the weapon is held in sixth,the bell is on the outside line, with the blade pointing toward the inside line, to the center of the target. After 4 YEARS of fencing I was told my blades are bent exactly opposite of what they should be. The point is deflected off the lame from this angle, not closing the point. The only instance the blade would be bent that way would be if I am fencing another lefty. So, tell me, do fencers choose their weapons based on whether the opponent is left or right handed, have I seriously been fencing incorrectly all this time, and should I bend the blades so they point toward the outside line when I take fourth???? I'm working on them tonight, so prompt advice would be appreciated... once you've stopped laughing at me.