So, its about time for me to upgrade my weapons.
I am still a n00b, so I still think I need a blade that has some stiffness to it, I cna see myself bending the crap out of and quickly breaking some uber light/expensive blade, but I think I can stand something other than the FdN and AF beginner foil blades, which have been good so far. I had my first real malfunction last night from use, so my first one has lasted me 6 months of moderate use.
I am still struggling with the grip question, I tried a visconti, but it set my fingers on fire, so either I am doing something wrong or my carpal tunnel syndrome is working that badly against me, so it will take some more time for me to make that transition.
So the question is: Whats a modest step up, blade wise, from your basic beginner foil blade, preferably available from fencing.net?