Brand new product out today which has been some time in the making. A few years ago we realised that people were going to extraordinary lengths to put together pommelling handle setups. Lots of fencers were keen to try but the whole process was shrouded in mystery. Many fencers simply didn't bother because they didn't know what combinations of parts from which manufacturers worked well. When we started designing this we had only one aim, to make a system that was simple enough that anyone could put together a decent pommelling setup. Clearing the first hurdle of which parts to buy from who was easy, you buy the whole system from us and you know it will all work together! To recreate as best as possible what top fencers were using we got together as much data as we could in terms of samples and photos plus advice from some top coaches. We decided that the handle had to have a straight through hole so you didn't have to curve the tang to match a curved hole through a grip. We then needed a way to allow you to get the s shape where the handle bends both at the front and at the pommel. The solution was a simple but very effective, we use a locking nut to hold the handle on and the pommel is a separate piece. The locking nut is attached using a C spanner fitted in a small hole in the nut so that the nut is nice and smooth. Once this is fitted you bend the protruding end of the tang and fit the desired pommel. The locking nut and pommel have matching concave and convex faces to help them marry up without leaving a gap and there is a chamfer inside the locking nut so that the bend takes place over a short radius in between the nut and pommel. There is a small picture of the parts here but more on the LP site: We tested about 10 different pommel sizes and weights and ended up with three to choose from. The counterbalance Large pommel This pommel made of stainless steel to give you good balance for both pommelling and normal use. The 30 mm diameter gives you a nice hand full of pommel with a balanced knurl to give you good grip without causing too much glove wear. Being stainless steel it will outlast all your other kit and it can be tightened as much as you like without any danger of damaging the threads. At 250g it is designed for the fencer that likes the balance of the weapon way back in their hand. The ultralight Large pommel Made of aluminium to give you a nice hand full of pommel without adding too much weight. This large pommel weighs only 90g meaning you can hardly feel the weight at all. At 30mm diameter it is fatter than a normal pommel to give you extra grip and control but the light weight is a killer combo when used with a lightweight Leon Paul epee blade. Note, be careful when tightening this pommel as the threads are aluminium. you should only ever hand tighten it, never clamp it in a vice or use anything mechanical as you may strip the threads. As you have the special locking nut to keep the handle tight hand tight should be just fine and if you do have a pommel working loose a drop of threadlock will fix it. The ultralight X Large pommel Bigger is better with this ultra fat pommel; it may look unusual but it feels great in the hand! Made of aluminium so that it doesn't slow you down it weighs in only 125g despite its 35mm girth. The steep angle at the front of the pommel gives you a nice place to rest your finger to gives you extra grip and leverage. If the truth be told even though your hand isn't fixed in one place you really only want to hold it one way! Most people seem to prefer the aluminium pommels but a few like the weight of the steel. It works really well covered in our new grippy tape http://www.leonpaul.com/acatalog/Ultra-Grippy-French-Handle-Wrap.html Please fire away with questions. http://www.leonpaul.com/acatalog/Cantliver-Epee-Handle-1.html It will be up on the US site soon.