Esprit Foil Blades are in!

Discussion in 'Armory - Q&A' started by twisterfencing, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. s.brookes

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    Can't say I measured it, so you may be right on this case.

    Yes, inertia is exactly what I meant. I will say that my issues with the blade are due to the mass distribution and resulting inertia, not due to the flexibility. Although, the two are likely correlated.

    Even if my budget may hate me for it, I may take you up on that!
     
  2. Emfuser

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    Do a side-by-side comparison of a BF you like an your Esprit blade. You'll notice a material distribution difference. This will be more pronounced if you use rectangular cross-sectioned (at the base) BF blades instead of square cross-sectioned blades. Esprits are thicker in the foible and, in my opinion, intended to have a mass distribution that gives you a more uniform curve but not be tip-heavy like Vnitis often are. Esprits have a distinguished shape at their forte as well that is clearly intentional for weight distribution and not just for the nice aesthetic. That material distribution will determine the moment of inertia of the blade.

    I make a point to put a bend in each of my new blades manually before using them. I noticed right away that the Esprits are intended to have a different bending profile. This will probably be a different result than if you just went to using it immediately.

    Such is life. :)
     
  3. brtech

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    Got a flyer from USA Fencing with an ad from Absolute saying they were the exclusive distributor of Franchini blades. What's up with that?
     
  4. dcchew

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    As they used to say in the old school black and white mystery movies, "very interesting...". My guess is if you want to market a high end blades with a price tag to match, you should better have more than one retailer selling them.

    Nevertheless, I don't have the skill set anymore to take advantage of that quality of a blade and I definitely can't afford it. So like the old adage, "if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it....".
     
  5. Emfuser

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    It seems just from observation like Absolute pulled the rug out from under Sword Masters on this one. I don't know. Ugly business if that's the case, though.
     
  6. Purple Fencer

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    A contract change, perhaps? They're still up on SwordMasters' site, but that might only be to allow for the blades in stock to be sold off IF that is the case.

    I know one kid locally who's already broken 2 of the foils...
     
  7. twisterfencing

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    Sword Masters (yes, it's a two worded name), it was a decision we made about Esprit.
    I still have access to the blades, yes, I can and will still sell them here in the USA.
    They are still in my opinion one of, if not the best blades on the planet.
    This is about all I can and will say about the subject.
     
  8. Emfuser

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    Fair enough. I understand that given the forum. You'll have my business for replacements.
     
  9. bobb121

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    All I will say on these blades is that you should get them while you can. While no one knows about them.
    I have seen and tried the Epee blades and WOW. Total loss of words to describe how light they are.
    I second Gary's Review of them.
     

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