Uses for Old Fencing Blades – Tomato Stakes

sabre blade plant stake

Got a bunch of old fencing blades that you haven’t left at the club or thrown out yet? Go ahead and take them to your garden: Post by Mid-South Fencers Club. What other uses for old fencing blades do you have?

How To: Make a Hard Blade Cover

epee hard blade cover

Over the past few years the hard blade cover has become a staple for a large number of fencers. Whether it’s to protect blades against the baggage handlers who view the burst rate specifications on materials as a challenge or a way to keep the shiny metal off of sweaty uniforms we’re not entirely sure. […]

Epee Assembly – Do it Legally for Summer Nationals

Legal Epee

At this year’s Summer Nationals a new level of scrutiny will be placed on epees during inspection before bouts. According to sources within the referee community, a stricter standard of compliance is being leveled on epees related to the wiring between the blade and socket. The interpretation is of rule: m31. 7. The two wires […]

A Guide to Body Cord Plugs and Sockets

German Body Cord 2 Pin Plug

One common asked question is what are the different types of body cords and which is better.  While many people approach this with an almost religious fervor, the simple fact is that there are several different types of body cords, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. German Style Body Cords The German style […]

Two kinda obscure foil point problems

Prieur Foil Tip

Okay—you’re at wit’s end. The problem showed up when you were fencing, but not when you tried to reproduce it on strip during a halt, and you can’t seem to find anything when you checking out the foil later on. You’re tempted to say ‘screw it’ and do a rewire with new point parts, but […]

Wiring Blades: A DIY Guide

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This article leads you through the step by step process of rewiring a foil or epee blade. While quite a complex undertaking, this guide breaks down rewiring a blade into easy step by step tasks.

Epee Troubleshooting

Basic troubleshooting guide for electric epee.

Foil Troubleshooting

Basic troubleshooting procedures for the most common problems in dealing with electric foil fencing.

Rewiring a Foil Blade

Question: The wire in my electric foil has been pulled out. I’ve been told to bend the sword, apply glue and press the wire back into the groove. Is there a certain type of glue that is best to use? Is this all I have to do or are there certain pitfalls I need to […]

Care and Feeding of a New Lame

Question: How do I take care of a new lame? How can I repair a lame with a few dead spots? When you get a new lame, or you have one that is already working well, you want to make sure that you keep it in good repair. When beginning to care for your lame, […]