(Portland)Lessons Learned the hard way

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  1. Mac A. Bee

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    Not obsessed, but do carry weight and box for others - and my armouring work. I use ref's weight because that's the one that counts.
     
  2. Purple Fencer

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    A little difficult to do with a Negrini fan gauge, unless you do it from the back side.

    Trying to remember how Dolly Donovan worked on my first set of gauges back in the day. I want to say she used a Dremel to grind it down a little, but it WAS 12 + years ago.
     
  3. dcchew

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    1st thing Sam is to use a micrometer to measure each setting on the Negrini (or Allstar/Uhlmann) fan gauge. You try and find one that's close to perfect. Being 0.01mm off is not too bad.

    If you already have a set of standard shims, I use a standard knife sharpening stone, a lot of water, and a steady hand to lap the shim thickness down to size. It's not hard, but you do need an accurate micrometer. You do own a micrometer?
     
  4. Purple Fencer

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    I do....and Don Clinton checked my fan gauge last week....passed fine.
     
  5. Privateer

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    this thread.. some of you folks must be loads of fun at parties.
     
  6. Peach

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    Well, it is a fencing discussion board. I've found many of the laser-focused nitpickers quite congenial in person, myself.
     
  7. jjefferies

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    I'm beginning to think of you guys like the goat here:
     

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  9. SJCFU#2

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    And having checked a lot of shims over the years, I've found that very few were actually out of spec. Since some of these shims had visible wear marks to the point where I was expecting them to fail, I attribute this more to the large tolerance (+/-10%) than to wear resistance.
     
  10. Purple Fencer

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    On the other hand, the SoCal Scholastic League just had to buy 9 new shims because of ones that had worn out of spec.
     
  11. ktinoue3

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    I missed that.
     
  12. neevel

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    It's a standard Negrini product- they'll get more before too long. They're pretty common among armorers.
     
  13. monitorlizerd

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    SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. rudd

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    Post of the year. This should be the tag line or mission statement of the Fencing.net forum.
     
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  15. philly123

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    Inq, what makes you think sabre fencers don't have fear of failure?

    Wait. Oh, right. Sabre. Sorry, forget I posted anything....
     
  16. Inquartata

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    Equipment failure, dude. Fiddly little points and springs and screws and blade wires, so damned fragile and persnickety that their users have constantly to be fretting about whether something on their weapon went wonky in the last 30 seconds, or will in the next 30 seconds.

    No such problems in sabre. No need for shims and weights and hooking up to be sure nothing has quit on them after that last exchange.
     
  17. jdude97

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    You do have mask cords that go flying.
     
  18. SJCFU#2

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    Technically there are shim tests for saber, although even on the rare occasions when they are performed the results aren't something which would change from one bout to the next unless you swap out the blade.
     
  19. Malcolm Parry

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    Erm... except when the rivets holding the socket to the guard on your lovely All Star sabre get loose and that hit you made with a satisfying thwack turns into a yellow card for you and a point for your opponent because the socket was no longer in contact with the guard as you walked away from *your* touch....
     
  20. Inquartata

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    Yeah, no idea what that's like.

    Also, not at all like feeling that you have to check your weapon's moving parts after every bout. Thanks for playing though. :)
     

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