New year resolutions: the battle is on. Thoughts of a fencer

New year resolutions: the battle is on. Thoughts of a fencer

It’s that time of year again. January. The moment to set out goals for the 365 days ahead… and as every year, fail miserably? For our start into 2019 we’ve decided to look at the popular sport of making new year resolutions (and almost immediately breaking them) from a fencer’s point of view. We won’t convert this into a self-help blog (promise!), but here are some thoughts about good intentions (and how they may or may not pave the way to hell).   Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (3/3): 3D printing a fencing mask

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (3/3): 3D printing a fencing mask

Fencers! The mask worn by world class sabre fencer James Honeybone on the runway at the FIE 105th anniversary gala has caught the attention of lots of you! In the

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

"Oh sweet coffee, I adore thee". At one point or another (Monday mornings, we're looking at you!) in our lives we've probably all been there and thought that thought. But, on a scale from zero to caffeine-junkie, how deep is the love between fencers and coffee? And even more interesting: is there a correlation between your intake of the magical black brew and the weapon you fence? We've called in an expert in the matter, our very own Jon Willis, to share the results of many years of (semi)-serious study with you. Are you ready for the results ;)? Then read on!   Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (2/3): Fencing uniforms based on teams for the e-sports league

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (2/3): Fencing uniforms based on teams for the e-sports league

It's fencing fashion show time again, fencers! Two days ago, our director Ben Paul explained the leading principles behind the design for the FIE Fashion show held in Paris on December 9th, and today he will tell you more about the design and the actual products being made...make sure to check our social networks this weekend for more insight, some behind the scene glimpses (and then pictures of the actual uniforms, of course!) Continue reading →

Leon Paul Mask Padding

Leon Paul Mask Padding

Fencers! You've got your heart set on purchasing our FIE X-Change mask (for yourself or as a gift for someone else), but feel a bit overwhelmed by the choice of padding we offer? We have put together some useful information to help you choose the padding which is right for you (tables and videos with fitting advice included!). Continue reading →

Leon Paul Fencing Equipment - Best of new products 2018

Leon Paul Fencing Equipment - Best of new products 2018

2018 was - of course - also a year of new product releases for Leon Paul. Here are our (and your!) favourites: Continue reading →

Walking the fashion show at the FIE anniversary gala (and the idea behind it)

Walking the fashion show at the FIE anniversary gala (and the idea behind it)

Working at Leon Paul definitely comes with unexpected tasks and experiences. If you don’t believe us, just ask our Instagram girl Johanna, whom we sent to Paris this past weekend on a quite extraordinary mission: at the gala held at the Grand Palais in Paris to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the International Fencing Federation, along with World cup fencer (and accidentally also her colleague) James Honeybone; she walked down the runway in what we think is a fencing uniform that could ensure the future of our sport by making it attractive for new audiences. Read all about that unique experience after the jump. Continue reading →

Golden start to Tokyo2020 Qualifiers

Golden start to Tokyo2020 Qualifiers

The 2018 season for me seems to have flown by and just when I felt I was getting back into my flow again, following my World cup Epee Gold in Pisa back in March, I then had a long break through to the next competition in July, the Warsaw World cup, where I took Epee Gold, Sabre Bronze & Team Foil Silver! Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (1/3): the idea behind Leon Paul's uniforms for the FIE fencing fashion show

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (1/3): the idea behind Leon Paul's uniforms for the FIE fencing fashion show

With December now upon us, the festive season is definitely here. But, at least for the international fencing crowd, December 2018 is about more than just Christmas celebrations.  During their annual Congress on the second weekend of December, this year the F.I.E. will celebrate their 105 year anniversary in Paris and as part of the festivities, they are hosting a massive gala event at the Grand Palais, right next to the world-famous Champs-Elysées. What would a gala event in Paris, the city of Haute Couture and designers be, without a fashion show? In this particular case involving fencing fashion, of course!  So that's what the fencing world is going to see in Paris:  All the major manufactures of fencing equipment produce two uniforms and get an opportunity to show it on stage at the event. Talk about a great chance to showcase new and exciting ideas to the whole fencing community! 5 years ago, for the 100th anniversary of the F.I.E., we did a project that explored lighting fencing gear and a lighting system showing the fencers face (a project by the way which is about to come in for a new wireless fencing system we have worked on... more on that next year, stay tuned!), but this year, our company director Ben Paul had something different in mind. Read all about his inspiration after the jump (and look forward to more, as this is only the first instalment of a three-part series!) Continue reading →

LED Sabre – Is the Force strong with this one?

LED Sabre – Is the Force strong with this one?

Fencers, have you come across our LED lightsabre yet? In case you're wondering why a fencing manufacturer is selling a gadget like this: if made from the right materials (ours is made from polycarbonate and suitable for controlled sparring), a lightsabre is not a just a toy, but a fantastic opportunity to bring a unique take on martial arts. We've asked Faisal Mian, the London instructor of UK-based "Silver Sabres" Combat Academy, to outline the principles and development of what could become a new type of combat sports.  In his first contribution today Faisal explains the leading idea behind the art of LED sabre combat. Read his full report after the jump. Continue reading →

New year resolutions: the battle is on. Thoughts of a fencer

New year resolutions: the battle is on. Thoughts of a fencer

It’s that time of year again. January. The moment to set out goals for the 365 days ahead… and as every year, fail miserably? For our start into 2019 we’ve decided to look at the popular sport of making new year resolutions (and almost immediately breaking them) from a fencer’s point of view. We won’t convert this into a self-help blog (promise!), but here are some thoughts about good intentions (and how they may or may not pave the way to hell).   Continue reading →

Leon Paul Fencing Equipment - Best of new products 2018

Leon Paul Fencing Equipment - Best of new products 2018

2018 was - of course - also a year of new product releases for Leon Paul. Here are our (and your!) favourites: Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (3/3): 3D printing a fencing mask

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (3/3): 3D printing a fencing mask

Fencers! The mask worn by world class sabre fencer James Honeybone on the runway at the FIE 105th anniversary gala has caught the attention of lots of you! In the

Walking the fashion show at the FIE anniversary gala (and the idea behind it)

Walking the fashion show at the FIE anniversary gala (and the idea behind it)

Working at Leon Paul definitely comes with unexpected tasks and experiences. If you don’t believe us, just ask our Instagram girl Johanna, whom we sent to Paris this past weekend on a quite extraordinary mission: at the gala held at the Grand Palais in Paris to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the International Fencing Federation, along with World cup fencer (and accidentally also her colleague) James Honeybone; she walked down the runway in what we think is a fencing uniform that could ensure the future of our sport by making it attractive for new audiences. Read all about that unique experience after the jump. Continue reading →

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

"Oh sweet coffee, I adore thee". At one point or another (Monday mornings, we're looking at you!) in our lives we've probably all been there and thought that thought. But, on a scale from zero to caffeine-junkie, how deep is the love between fencers and coffee? And even more interesting: is there a correlation between your intake of the magical black brew and the weapon you fence? We've called in an expert in the matter, our very own Jon Willis, to share the results of many years of (semi)-serious study with you. Are you ready for the results ;)? Then read on!   Continue reading →

Golden start to Tokyo2020 Qualifiers

Golden start to Tokyo2020 Qualifiers

The 2018 season for me seems to have flown by and just when I felt I was getting back into my flow again, following my World cup Epee Gold in Pisa back in March, I then had a long break through to the next competition in July, the Warsaw World cup, where I took Epee Gold, Sabre Bronze & Team Foil Silver! Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (2/3): Fencing uniforms based on teams for the e-sports league

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (2/3): Fencing uniforms based on teams for the e-sports league

It's fencing fashion show time again, fencers! Two days ago, our director Ben Paul explained the leading principles behind the design for the FIE Fashion show held in Paris on December 9th, and today he will tell you more about the design and the actual products being made...make sure to check our social networks this weekend for more insight, some behind the scene glimpses (and then pictures of the actual uniforms, of course!) Continue reading →

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (1/3): the idea behind Leon Paul's uniforms for the FIE fencing fashion show

When a fencing manufacturer goes designer (1/3): the idea behind Leon Paul's uniforms for the FIE fencing fashion show

With December now upon us, the festive season is definitely here. But, at least for the international fencing crowd, December 2018 is about more than just Christmas celebrations.  During their annual Congress on the second weekend of December, this year the F.I.E. will celebrate their 105 year anniversary in Paris and as part of the festivities, they are hosting a massive gala event at the Grand Palais, right next to the world-famous Champs-Elysées. What would a gala event in Paris, the city of Haute Couture and designers be, without a fashion show? In this particular case involving fencing fashion, of course!  So that's what the fencing world is going to see in Paris:  All the major manufactures of fencing equipment produce two uniforms and get an opportunity to show it on stage at the event. Talk about a great chance to showcase new and exciting ideas to the whole fencing community! 5 years ago, for the 100th anniversary of the F.I.E., we did a project that explored lighting fencing gear and a lighting system showing the fencers face (a project by the way which is about to come in for a new wireless fencing system we have worked on... more on that next year, stay tuned!), but this year, our company director Ben Paul had something different in mind. Read all about his inspiration after the jump (and look forward to more, as this is only the first instalment of a three-part series!) Continue reading →

Leon Paul Mask Padding

Leon Paul Mask Padding

Fencers! You've got your heart set on purchasing our FIE X-Change mask (for yourself or as a gift for someone else), but feel a bit overwhelmed by the choice of padding we offer? We have put together some useful information to help you choose the padding which is right for you (tables and videos with fitting advice included!). Continue reading →

LED Sabre – Is the Force strong with this one?

LED Sabre – Is the Force strong with this one?

Fencers, have you come across our LED lightsabre yet? In case you're wondering why a fencing manufacturer is selling a gadget like this: if made from the right materials (ours is made from polycarbonate and suitable for controlled sparring), a lightsabre is not a just a toy, but a fantastic opportunity to bring a unique take on martial arts. We've asked Faisal Mian, the London instructor of UK-based "Silver Sabres" Combat Academy, to outline the principles and development of what could become a new type of combat sports.  In his first contribution today Faisal explains the leading idea behind the art of LED sabre combat. Read his full report after the jump. Continue reading →

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