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Discussion in 'Fencing Discussion' started by Zebra, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Zebra

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    It's an extra-long weekend. Many fencing clubs are closed.
    If you aren't fencing the SYC this weekend, WASH YOUR UNIFORM!
     
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  2. Inquartata

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    Epeeists especially.
     
  3. jjefferies

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    Heh! Heh! Inq you've got to learn how to poke better! Are you saying sweaty sabruers smell sweeter?
     
  4. Inquartata

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    Let me put it this way: yes.

    ( Because fencers other than epeeists do not tend to let their uniforms...er...ferment. )
     
  5. neevel

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    There's a story from one of the armorers who worked a US Olympic team about the women's foil team stopping by the work room to get some of their gear, wrinkling their noses and asking "Was the men's epee team just here?" (they were).
     
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  6. Zebra

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    And so as not to just pick on the epees, let's remind the sabres to fix their body cords this weekend too.
     
  7. Inquartata

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    Hah, what's to fix? :)

    I did replace a blade. Took all of 5 minutes, only because I had to cut off a bit of the tang so the pommel would have room for a wrench to tighten it on.

    As long as I'm on the subject, does anyone find that standard sabre blades fit their weapons properly without having either to cut off the end of the tang first or add a few washers between the grip and the pommel? Sure, it's better to have the tang come too long than too short, but it would make changing blades much easier if you didn't have to kludge them to make them fit.
     
  8. ktinoue3

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    I don't know I have seen some saber gloves and lames that had never been washed. I thought they would start moving on their own.
     
  9. ktinoue3

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    If I am using a saber pommel that requires a wrench to tighten I never have an issue. The Tangs are usually just a little too long to tighten with the allen key.
     
  10. Inquartata

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    That's what I mean, the inside hex wrench. Using a wrench wrench or pliers on those plastic pommels tends to break them loose from the metal part inside so the plastic part just spins when you turn it. Or it cracks the pommel. I don't like to do anything more than hand tighten from the outside.
     
  11. Inquartata

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    Anything with lamé material can't be machine washed, so it's harder to wash them---all that basin hand-agitation business. Rinsing them off in the shower periodically is not difficult though.
     
  12. ktinoue3

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    Pretty sure they weren’t even doing that
     
  13. Purple Fencer

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    Only if you want to give your opponent a touch if he beats your blade and that tang hanging out is in contact with your lame...have seen it happen.
     

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