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    What's the best way to make a practice target for foil and epee? Any suggestions?

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    Old carpet on a wall? Pillow on wall?
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    String, tennis ball and something to hang it from away from a wall...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPappaBear View Post
    String, tennis ball and something to hang it from away from a wall...
    I do similar but with golf balls, quick pilot hole with a drill the attach a screw in loop like the ones you get for net curtains and attach with string.

    Also I have a couple of cheap Ikea plastic chopping board covered with a foam type material and stick on shapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKCap View Post
    I do similar but with golf balls, quick pilot hole with a drill the attach a screw in loop like the ones you get for net curtains and attach with string.

    Also I have a couple of cheap Ikea plastic chopping board covered with a foam type material and stick on shapes.
    I like the sounds of the golf balls. Is this best done with a steam foil or will an electric tip survive the (occasional) collision?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeybadger View Post
    Ive been using an old punchbag with yellow sticky notes on it
    That's clever. I'll see if I can find one on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacdaw View Post
    Old carpet on a wall? Pillow on wall?
    Very good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryscott View Post
    I like the sounds of the golf balls. Is this best done with a steam foil or will an electric tip survive the (occasional) collision?
    Being an epee type, can't say I have ever tried with foils but the balls move as you hit them so you are unlikely to even press the button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKCap View Post
    Being an epee type, can't say I have ever tried with foils but the balls move as you hit them so you are unlikely to even press the button.
    The button will depress if you hit with accuracy, correct hand position and a solid extension, which is why the exercise is good, as this is how you should hit in a fight. As the ball starts to move you just have to change the line you are hitting in so that you meet it in the air.

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    If you want a practice dummy, go to the American forum and search (good luck!) for them. IIRC there were a few designs linked to on a thread or two fairly recently. If you just want a target to hit, LP used to have some on their site a year or so ago at fairly reasonable prices.

    If you really want to make one, I'd suggest working out what shape and size you want to make them, then go to your local DIY store and get some MFD or plywood, cut to size. Then you'd need some sort of padding ( old sheets or duvet covers would probably do) and then a tough cover - some sort of softish leather would probably suffice for now. Your general craft store will probably do this in large enough quantity for your needs. Pull the cover as taught as you can over the padding, and staple it onto the MDF/plywood and you should be good to go.
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    You could try lightswitches, too. Or does that only work for epeeists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D'Artignan View Post
    If you want a practice dummy, go to the American forum and search (good luck!) for them. IIRC there were a few designs linked to on a thread or two fairly recently. If you just want a target to hit, LP used to have some on their site a year or so ago at fairly reasonable prices.

    If you really want to make one, I'd suggest working out what shape and size you want to make them, then go to your local DIY store and get some MFD or plywood, cut to size. Then you'd need some sort of padding ( old sheets or duvet covers would probably do) and then a tough cover - some sort of softish leather would probably suffice for now. Your general craft store will probably do this in large enough quantity for your needs. Pull the cover as taught as you can over the padding, and staple it onto the MDF/plywood and you should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeybadger View Post
    You could try lightswitches, too. Or does that only work for epeeists?
    I'll try it with a foil and let you know. Providing I don't fuse myself to the national grid, that is.

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    Bear in mind that my suggestion would only be a very quick and temporary solution at best. You'd still be better going and buying one if you had the cash IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D'Artignan View Post
    Bear in mind that my suggestion would only be a very quick and temporary solution at best. You'd still be better going and buying one if you had the cash IMO.
    Agreed. They are so expensive, though. I'll wait for the lottery cheque. Or until I fall off the wagon in Spring and order one at two in the morning on Amazon

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    The answer appeared in "The Sword" magazine last year. Go down to your wine cellar and practise using the corks.
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    A jacket (though preferably a coaching jacket) pulled over the back upright section of a computer chair works really well.
    Been using it for a while now and gives something fairly similar to the pressure needed in reality whilst also not putting too much pressure on the tip (and most fencers have the stuff already so cheap/free!).

    Other chairs may also work but computer ones tend to be taller/be adjustable which is an advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryscott View Post
    I'll try it with a foil and let you know. Providing I don't fuse myself to the national grid, that is.
    I assume Honey Badger meant the pull string ones you get in bathrooms with the small plastic toggle on the end. Be sure to buy a few spare toggles as once you get good at it they can split.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman Brenda View Post
    The answer appeared in "The Sword" magazine last year. Go down to your wine cellar and practise using the corks.
    How do you do that?

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