• Fencing history

    How wireless fencing technology works.

    I have spent the last few months listening to my brother, Alex Paul, talk about wireless technology. In that time I have learnt many new words like Farad (F). A Farad is a unit of capacitance. Capacitance is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together….

    wiremanoff_ad_v2-larger The Future of wireless sword fencing

    Ok, so now I am just quoting Star Wars and to be honest when my brother starts talking about technology and science I normally zone out. So in short, it is magic and I may have misled you with the title of this blog post. Here is what I have found out about wireless technology in fencing:

    People are so used to wired systems. They take ages to get used to the changes. People generally don’t like change and as a result are inherently mistrusting of wireless fencing as there are so many half-baked systems out there.

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  • News and Views

    Leon Paul Survey Results

    Back in August, we sent out our 2016 market research survey to over 30,000 English speaking people around the world to enable us to better understand who our customers are and what they expect from Leon Paul.

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  • Events

    What did we learn from the TV presentation of fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympics? Pt1

    I have to say that I had a bit of a moment in Rio. Fencing has always been rather impenetrable for the general public and particularly TV audiences.

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    It may just be wishful thinking but I think things are going to change for the better and in the following series of blog posts I will explain why.

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  • Products

    Disassembly and Assembly of a Leon Paul Reel/Spool

    The Leon Paul Reel, or Spool, as they say in England will last for years. Every single part of this reel is available on our website and can be easily replaced. The only item that you need to repair a Leon Paul reel is a pair of safety glasses and maybe a small screwdriver. You might need wire-strippers for a more complicated repair.

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  • HEMA

    The Beginner-Coach

    HEMA, in it's modern revival, is a new and blooming hobby. This article talks a bit about the strengths and weaknesses this creates, and then gives some guidance for the new instructor. The blessing and the curse of HEMA is that it is “new”. There is a rich history of attempts at resurrecting ancient swordplay, but the current revival dates back only to the 1990s. Many clubs are much younger than this, being founded in the last decade or less. Moreover, it's small in the way that a niche hobby is, with comparatively few practitioners often geographically isolated from each other. On the...
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  • Fencing history

    Did the British Royal family fence?

    In the new hit TV series “Victoria” the future Prince is seen fencing. If you live in the UK you can watch the series here: http://www.itv.com/hub/victoria/ Here is an extract of the fencing scene: Yes, they are wearing LP X-change masks and no, those masks had not been invented then, but the TV company asked for the safest silver masks we had so that is what we gave them. The costume department did a good job modifying them and making the outfits as it does look very authentic. The costume design department from the series got me thinking, has anyone in the current...
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  • Products

    National logos which application method is best?

    Heat press, Spray or Patch? Heat press, Spray or Patch?

    For international fencing the FIE requires fencers to have a country identification logo on both of the fencers legs and sometimes arms. Each fencing federation designs their own logo and then submits this to the FIE for approval. Some federations have complex designs that are on the legs and arms and some have simple designs only on the leg.

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  • Events

    Fencing’s Rio Silver Lining

    It’s fair to say that most of the British fencing community left the Rio Olympic Games behind with a sense of mixed emotions. Richard Kruse coming fourth was an immense achievement but getting so close to a medal meant a slight sense of deflation. As time has passed, I’m sure we’ll all just remember how well he did. All I’ll say about the team event is that it didn’t appear to be our day! Now all we have to do is ponder the “will he, won’t he?” question – will Richard carry on to Tokyo? I do hope so. Last season he showed us that he’s still a major force on the World circuit and he demonstrated that in the toughest environment – Olympic qualification.

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  • Fencing history

    The second worst business decision in Leon Paul history....

    Leon Paul have started up manufacturing fencing blades 4 times during the last century. This is the story of our blade forging history.

    The history of Leon Paul blades The history of Leon Paul blades

    The first time we started making blades was before the Second World War when my grandfather Leon Paul went into business with Wilkinson Sword. When the partnership broke up for reasons that are lost in the mists of time Wilkinson made the crazy decision to move into stainless steel razors while my grandfather kept it real in the fencing industry!

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  • HEMA

    HEMA Outliers and Halfway Options

    HEMA stands, of course, for Historical European Martial Arts This name provides a nice definition of what is, and is not, HEMA - an art (systematic and complex) that’s martial (intended for fighting) from Europe that existed in the past and is now resurrected because it was recorded in sufficient detail (historical). Or to put it another way, it's a Type II in Chidester's Typology. The most popular form of HEMA at the moment seems to be medieval and renaissance longsword. That’s what I train and compete in, working specifically from a cluster of related texts that get collectively referred to...
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