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  1. The late, great Ed Richards had an interesting...

    The late, great Ed Richards had an interesting way of giving you a chance if you were edging into black card territory.

    He'd pull all of his cards and make a show of sorting through them, as if...
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    I had a club mate who'd break foil blades by...

    I had a club mate who'd break foil blades by looking at them. Then I sold him a couple of Vnitis and it took him 2 years to break one.

    It depends on now you fence.

    If you're not destroying...
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    At our Junior Olympics last year, we had some...

    At our Junior Olympics last year, we had some people sew the hole smaller -- typically sabre combo gloves.

    Most manufacturers removed the slot years ago in anticipation of a ruling banning...
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    Only if they're fencing in a Y12 event...if the...

    Only if they're fencing in a Y12 event...if the event's Y10, they have to use a 0 or 2.

    I've liost track of the number of times I've been asked to swap blades for a Y10 fencer going into the Y12...
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    Keep in mind that simply saying a blade is a #5...

    Keep in mind that simply saying a blade is a #5 is not sufficient...there actually IS a max length of 90cm from the front face of the tip to the guard.

    As the length of a #2 is not codified (at...
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    Heh....trick question time... What's the...

    Heh....trick question time...

    What's the SHORTEST a blade can be, presuming you're running it through the gabarit? I'm talking an assembled weapon, not the unwired blade.
  7. Annnd....it's almost October now....

    Annnd....it's almost October now....
  8. That would explain why I never got an email...

    That would explain why I never got an email response when I asked them about some test gear...either in English or poorly translated French.

    Any idea when that holiday's over and who bought them??
  9. Heat shrink's a bitch to get off easily if you...

    Heat shrink's a bitch to get off easily if you have to do a repair or a spring stretch, tho.
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    Oh man....that MS final was just brutal for Gu. ...

    Oh man....that MS final was just brutal for Gu. I thought a gold medal bout couldn't get any more lopsided that MS at the 2012 O Games, but then THIS one came up..
  11. The FWF Xtra thick barrels really minimize the...

    The FWF Xtra thick barrels really minimize the smashed screw issue....hence why they're my default German point when I sell a weapon. They also resist jamming when dented.
  12. Altering the fit is fine, so long as they still...

    Altering the fit is fine, so long as they still fasten below the knee. Just advise whoever does the job of the kind of material (akin to kevlar) so they can use the correct machine and needle.
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    If fencer A is attacking and fencer B make a...

    If fencer A is attacking and fencer B make a blade action to meet A's blade in a parry attempt (and presuming there is blade contact):

    1) If B's blade makes contact with the bottom 3rd of A's...
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    STILL ticked off that the Ghana fencers couldn't...

    STILL ticked off that the Ghana fencers couldn't make the trip. Thanks, US embassy.
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    You can always get a custom uni made, you just...

    You can always get a custom uni made, you just have to contact the vendor and see what information they need...usually a chart with specific measurements.

    I've seen an number of people in...
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    The picture wouldn't load for me, but it looks...

    The picture wouldn't load for me, but it looks like a small hole in the material.

    You can try to just sew it shut, unless it's too big to easily do so.
  17. I was actually surprised...as communication with...

    I was actually surprised...as communication with the membership has NOT been one of USA Fencing's strong suits in recent years.
  18. At US domestic events, weight and shim testing is...

    At US domestic events, weight and shim testing is done before EVERY bout...from the first one in pool to the gold medal.

    I agree with Cyranna's Father that sometimes the strip shims are worn down....
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    As the S. Korean team...if you know how to use...

    As the S. Korean team...if you know how to use them, yes.
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    Perhaps....but there IS the convenience of...

    Perhaps....but there IS the convenience of cleaning the padding and switching bibs. Plus, it's the face...better protection if a good thing.
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    Shall I mention the Gardere grip....which is...

    Shall I mention the Gardere grip....which is illegal everywhere BUT England???


    Yes...the Zips are legal in the US...at ALL levels of domestic competition, up to and including our Nationals.
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    The plastron is NOT impact protection....it's...

    The plastron is NOT impact protection....it's PENETRATION protection.
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    We've had MANY cats over the years (as many as 20...

    We've had MANY cats over the years (as many as 20 at one time...that happens when you're in rescue), but never a full MC...a few MC mixes, tho
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    Put it on a practice dummy.

    Put it on a practice dummy.
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    Yep....it happens on occasion (although I try to...

    Yep....it happens on occasion (although I try to minimize when I do it to one of my clients).

    A couple of times, the manufacturer's screwed up and put two 3mm sockets on instead of one 3mm and one...
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