Guess the armory tool

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  1. Purple Fencer

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    Armorers tend to make their own tools for their specific needs. I thought it might be fun (and potentially informative) to make a guessing game about what we sometimes invent to make our jobs easier or more efficient.

    First up....I made this a couple of weeks back and it's performed exactly as intended.

    It's for a very specific purpose...guess away!
     

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  2. Fairfield_Fencing_Armory

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    A jig to file the base of a canted pistol grip to the right angle to meet the bell guard?
     
  3. Purple Fencer

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    Nope
     
  4. Inquartata

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    I will only venture that it ain't for nothing sabre.
     
  5. Purple Fencer

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    Correct...although if YOU had guessed correctly you'd be able to hear me laugh!
     
  6. bobb121

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    Curvature of the mask if the curve was correct.

    I would guess that the blue line has something to do with it.

    Assist with wiring a weapon?
     
  7. Purple Fencer

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    Nope
    In a way
    Nope
     
  8. Inquartata

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    Hole holds foil/epee tips for assembly, tray catches dropped screws 'n stuff.
     
  9. Purple Fencer

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    SOOOOO close!
     
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    Help hold the screw to assist in putting it in?
     
  11. Purple Fencer

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    Negative.
     
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    My guess: You place the modified cutting board on the floor, the blue cross is to help see the hole. The tip is placed in the hole while the armorer works on the grip/bell/wire area without the blade going everywhere.
     
  13. Purple Fencer

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    Nope.

    Here's a hint photo. Sorry for the Batman camera angle (kids, ask your grandparents). The pic is right side up on my laptop, but Facebook rotated it for some reason.

     
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    Recrimping the stupid foil "hats" when they unscrew.
     
  15. Purple Fencer

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    DING DING DING! We have a winnah!

    (Monitorlizard got it with on the FB thread).

    This one even stumped Twisterfencing!

    It doesn’t matter how the hats are attached -- when I started selling they were screwed on, then they went to a press fit, then back to screwed on -- eventually they work loose, which causes intermittent white lights and/or the tip shooting out.

    I use a spring loaded center punch to do the peening, which is effective….IF I can do it without the point shifting or the punch slipping off and damaging the hat (and hitting my fingers…ouch).

    The tape serves 2 purposes…1) so I can actually SEE the hole, and 2) to take up a little space inside the hole so the tip is held more securely (as the tape goes through the hole itself). I didn’t have a 6mm bit available, so I used what was reasonably close.

    Put the jig on a table, insert the tip (down against the table as well), and I can now use both hands to steady and control the probe.

    I did about 8 tips yesterday at the camp I’m working and had NONE of the issues I would have when holding the tip with my fingers.
     
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    Your picture gave it away. I take no credit.
    Interesting tool.
     
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    Just when I thought that foils couldn't get any sillier, now they're wearing hats. Good grief.
     
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    The size of the hole threw me off. Doesn't the tip jump around when you center the punch or when you try to hit it? Would it make sense to have a tighter fit around the tip, maybe 4.5 mm? The head of the tip could be recessed a bit to get the board to lie flat with a larger countersunk hole on the back side.
    ...or, you could make an even thinner board with a hole that the hat and shaft will fit through up to the collar, then flip it over and punch it against the table.
     
  19. Purple Fencer

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    Actually, the tape goes all the way through the hole and the fit's fairly snug. Since the hole goes all the way through, the face of the tip is against the table....it's pretty stable, far more so than when I was using my fingers to hold it in place.

    I'll try to remember to shoot a vid of it in use after I get done with the camp.
     
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    Check out this simple solution for those pesky foil screws...cut the plastic tube of a q-tip and use it as a socket to start the screw...it's crazy how it threads straight every time...then finish with a screwdriver. IMG_2345.JPG
     
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