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Crap Leon Paul blades 
13th-Jun-2006 06:36 pm
Have Leon Paul foil blades recently turned to shite or something? After breaking that Paul France blade at the Isle of Wight Open after using it on 2 occasions over 3 weeks, I fitted the replacement blade this morning, flexed it against the floor, just as one would do, say, getting ready for the start of a bout, and it snapped. Immediately. Called Leon Paul and muttered angrily at them for a bit then took it over this evening. Must be a duff batch because there wasn't the slightest quibbling or questioning. Mind you, the blade was completely unmarked and clearly never used. Gah. Poxy bloody Leon Paul. If this blade also breaks without good cause in Malta, there will be blood on the carpet upon my return. Shame Duellist is at the opposite end of London from me... Still, by God, the new blade's rather flicky. Shame it'll probably be wasted on me - first coach was very big on "characteristics of penetration"...

Compare and contrast, the cheaper and supposedly lower quality Paul Etoile blade in my other foil still seems to be OK. Still, Graham did suggest on Sunday that, for someone who wasn't really a foilist and hence not up for Maraging or similar blades, the Etoiles might be a better bet.
14th-Jun-2006 09:16 am (UTC)
Paul foil blades have always been overly flicky. I've never liked them.
14th-Jun-2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Hmm, the one that broke wasn't. It was rather stiff. Probably explains why it broke immediately! My embarassingly long-lived Etoile blade isn't overly flicky either. Dunno, maybe I was just lucky with that one! Don't buy enough foil blades to know. So, what would you recommend for decent, basic foil blades?
14th-Jun-2006 09:28 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I really don't know anymore ... I haven't bought a non-maraging blade in years.
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