Type of Weapon: Leon Paul FIE Viniti blade / Leon Paul pistol grip of some kind
The Reason I Did This in the First Place: My coach (He is a NCAA coach, but has a club for us lesser mortals as well) modifies his epee (in part) by cutting off some of the pistol grip that butts up against the bell guard. His thumb is therefore sandwiched more closely to the bell guard. This (among other things) helps you “lead with the point”. Sadly, trying to do this to a Leon Paul weapon was not the best idea in the world. Who knew?
What I Did: I hack sawed off the amount of pistol grip I needed. I cut off the part of the tang I needed to as the “screw part “was now to long. I cut the “V” in the grip, but because of the way Leon Paul grips are made, it would not go down far enough to hold my bell guard securely.
After some time using a Dremel tool; drill and chisel to modify the hole in the grip, I lost patience and tried to tighten the “looong cylindrical” nut tightly and force it down. I have now succeeded in stripping the threads (I guess) so I can’t get the damn pistol grip off and I cannot get to the “looong cylindrical” nut to put a pipe wrench on it.
My Plan: Cut off the grip with a hack saw and pray to all manner of fencing gods that I can get the nut off. (Pardon the terminology here, I don’t know what I am talking about and have never done this.) I buy a “die thingy” that makes threads on a screw and run it back down the screw. I buy a non- Leon Paul grip of some kind and hope it will fit.
My Back Up Plan: I bundle up my epee and send it to an armorer that knows what he/she is doing. In the mean time I will post this on Fencing Net so I can be reminded that I am an idiot for forcing the nut. I am sure that will make me feel better.
Things I Would Like to Know While I am Being Belittled:
1.What size “die thingy” do I buy to do this? I remember talking to an armorer about this once and I think it was something like a 1-6-1 or something. Is that even close?
2.Any suggestions on how to get the nut off?
3.Does anyone out there modify there grips in this way and can you offer some suggestions?
4.These are my plans, but I am more than open to better ones.
5.In the event I can get the nut off and re thread the tang, what are the odds that if I buy a non-Leon Paul grip that it will fit once I modified it? I must modify it now as I have shortened the tang.