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.