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Triplette Competition Arms (was My father, the fop! -Reply)
Triplette is a wonderful company with a wide range of products.
However, I would like to post a small warning to anyone who buys
Triplette's new epee blade. It is a little wider at the base than a
France-Lames blade but tapers down so that the end acts similarly to an
ordinary epee. The small warning comes in two parts.
1. Check the edges. A couple of the blades were not ground down
fully and have this real nifty edge on them (the sharp edges that I
have seen have been about 10-18 inches up from the tang). You can fix
such a blade by nocking the sharp edge off with a file or sandpaper or
something. No big deal to fix, but at least one that I know of would
cut thick twine.
2. The other is a little more problematic. As I stated before, the
blade is wider at the base and tapers down to ordinary epee size near
the tip. At first I thought this would be the best blade around, since
the main part of the blade would be intrinsically stronger without
making the tip so stiff that you might as well have used re-bar
instead. Nope, this puppy acted like a regular epee (and was maybe a
bit softer). Unfortunately, I discovered why the blade was hitting a
little softer. The blade was ground in such a way that the
cross-section turned square too quickly and subsequently weakened that
section of the blade. (apx 10-12 inches back from the tip of the
blade). So, what ended up happenning was you had a blade that was
stronger in all parts except one, which was weaker. You can probably
guess what happened to the blades. Yep, they got some hellacious ends
in them. Now, I wanted to be fair so I talked to other people who had
bought these specific blades and examined the blades. Not all of the
blades have this deformity. The ones that didn't have it were fine.
However, the ones that did taper squarely did not survive for very long
at all. (Now, I'll admit that I am very tough on blades and most of
mine have a relatively short life expectancy, but some of the other
people who bought these blades are extremely light touches and they had
the same problem.)
I talked to a Triplette representative and they are looking into
it. The first problem is gonna be taken care of- no sweat. I do not
know of the status of the second.
I still intend on buying most of my equipment from triplette as
they are good people and have good equipment. All I'm saying is be
Sorry if it rambled a bit.