Leon Paul Etoile blade lasted 14 calendar days in hands of a beginner fencer - Is it normal?

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  1. AndI

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    Leon Paul states on their web site about non-FIE Etoile foil blade: "Designed and made to be long lasting, safe and good value for money." and recommends it to junior fencers.

    My son is a 12-year old beginner fencer. He started fencing with this blade on November 6. Today is November 20, and his blade broke. It lasted 14 calendar days, i.e., maybe 6-7 classes and private lessons in total.

    I understand that non-FIE blades are less durable and may not last longer than 3 to 6 months, but doesn't 6-8 hours of use by a beginner fencer sound too short? Can I safely assume that it is not normal?

    Would it make sense to contact Leon Paul? Not sure if blades are covered by a warranty.

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    Blade life is pretty random. Non-FIE blades aren't particularly durable. Beginning fencers do weird things with their blades.

    So, sure, you would expect a blade to last longer than that , and in that sense it isn't normal, but you are probably just at the wrong end of the bell curve with this particular foil.
     
  3. AndI

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    I contacted Leon Paul and they were very quick with the reply and very helpful. They promised to send a replacement. Great customer service on their end, and they clearly do stand behind their products.

    fencer-dad-of-fencer, thank you very much, this is what I suspected, appreciate your feedback!
     
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