Hi, I'm getting back into fencing after a 12 year break. I fenced for a couple of years back then so I know I'll be sticking with it. And I need to buy lots of kit as my old club had loads of stuff to borrow so I only ever bought a 800N plastron. Mostly this is an easy decision: LP team 800N clothing throughout with an x-change mask as it's safety equipment and I live in the UK. Probably also the LP exo-skin glove as well for the same reasons. I'm not sure about the weapon though: I was planning to hold off, but I do need to get one for drilling away from the club anyway, so should I just get a good one now or a cheap one? If a good one, it looks like the SR-71 would be the best as I wouldn't know what to look for in picking out a BF. I have seen a few posts though about it losing it's stiffness after a few months. I'm also interested in all the other parts of the weapon as well. Should these be the best quality as they, mostly, never get replaced? I'll ask at my club as well, but wanted to get your opinions? It it makes any difference, I'm a slim 5'11" right-handed pistol épéeist.