Flexibility of Non-FIE Absolute Foils and Epees

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  1. Felix Zhao

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    Hi everyone! I'm wondering which non-FIE Absolute Fencing house brand foils and epees are the most flexible. Thanks!
     
  2. InFerrumVeritas

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    They aren’t very consistent, so there really isn’t a “order this for more flexible” option.
     
  3. Felix Zhao

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    Which non-FIE foils and epee blades that Absolute offers are usually pretty flexible?
     
  4. InFerrumVeritas

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    The standard blades are often pretty flexible but not very durable.
     
  5. Felix Zhao

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    I mean flexible as in flicking flexible.
     
  6. Tomas N

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    My experience with the Absolute non-FIE is that they lasted about 4 practices and then needed to be discarded. Our former club president ordered a bunch of them. They were truly awful blades. They took a bad bend almost immediately. Some started bending sideways soon thereafter. On top of that, the tips were truly awful. I salvaged the grips and the bellguards, but other than that, there was nothing redeemable. I advise you to spend your money elsewhere.
     
  7. InFerrumVeritas

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    If you’re looking for a more flexible blade to make flicking easier, you’re wasting your time a bit. Building forearm strength and using proper technique (it doesn’t need a lot of strength or a particularly flexible blade) lets you enjoy the advantages of a stiff blade (better point control) and still flick well. In fact, I think it makes flicking easier when done properly as your point has a more consistent starting location when the flick accelerates.
     
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    I don't know about that. The epee blade I had that took a cringe-inducing bend about 6 inches from the tip and then didn't break for almost a year despite it being my designated blade for fencing Jersey high-schoolers was an Absolute Gold.
     
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    I have to say that the Absolute standard foil blades that I have used often last more than 1-2 seasons. Perhaps it is because I don't get to compete that often, but I am using them consistently to teach and drill with all year. One thing that I DO notice about them is that the chamfered edges seem to get changed over the course of the blades life and end up being pretty sharp for some reason. I have carefully checked each blade that I received and each was nicely smooth on the edges when I mount the blades, but after a month or more, I will notice that the edge of the blades become sharp...
     

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