LP Maraging FIE Foil Blades

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  1. wwittman

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    I actually quite like them. They start off pretty stiff but work in really nicely. Not as nice as my Franchini blades, but nice for sure. Probably end up a little softer than a BF. I did have one LP maraging blade that lasted 20 years.
     
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    noticeably lighter than a BF?
     
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    I like when they're new. Their tendency to go soft in the foible after a short time makes them quite a bit less attractive.
     
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    I haven’t found that.
     
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    In general I would say yes.
     
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    I think I can safely say you are in a minority in this regard. Perhaps you are more gentle with yours. Nearly everyone I know who tried the G-Pro since it was introduced in the early 2000's quit using it for this exact reason.
     
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    To be fair, I don't mind whippy, and I don't use mine that often, but I haven't had any issues with it so far (about a year and a half of ownership, but limited use).
     
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    I haven't had this problem yet and I've been using my Golubitsky pro in practice 3 or 4 days a week for about 3 months now. Sample size of one, but I'm not really gentle at all. Now it was expensive enough that if it develops this problem in another 3 months that would still be disappointing.
     
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    Around two years ago LP apparently changed their process for forging the G-Pro blades. It may very well be that they fixed the problem I described. Can't say I'm running to go buy more and find out for myself.
     
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    LP foil blades are more prone to taking and holding kinks from unexpected hard hits in my experience. They will continue to stay in piece for quite some time afterwards (they're very durable blades), but you will find yourself needing to straighten the blade back out frequently. The are generally lighter than BF blades.
    If you're looking for something less expensive, the Absolute Ultra FIE blades are also lighter than BF.
    You mentioned wanting something lighter than the G-Pro with the same points; you can always order bare blades of any type and then wire them with LP points.
     
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    Yes I understand that, but I'm not confident in my ability to wire a foil myself, (and would have to do it at the club, where they have a vice, which I don't have at home, etc.) and don't really have a local armourer I have a relationship with.
    It's on the whole probably more trouble than it's worth.
     
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    Chain gig.
    Videos.
     
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    as I said, I'm not taking on that crafts project.
     
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    Wiring / rewiring a blade isn't hard at all. From clean to assembly takes about 20mins and requires a bending rig (chain), glue, and a wrench. I can do it and I'm fairly inept.
     
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    I don't even have a place in my house where it would be practical to do it.
    let alone the inclination...
     

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