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    Confessions of a shoeholic: My first impressions of the Hi-Tec x Leon Paul London Razor fencing shoe

    When you’re looking for good trainers specifically designed for fencing, the market doesn’t really seem to offer much choice: a few models proposed by the two giants of sportswear brands (recognisable either by an emblematic swoosh or iconic three stripes), and that’s it, right? Well, not quite: Since 2018, there is also the Razor fencing shoe, a style developed by Leon Paul in cooperation with the Anglo-Dutch brand Hi-Tec. We had them tested by Johanna, one of our employees, who is a (very active) fencer and also nurtures a deep passion for shoes. The perfect human guinea pig for the task. Read on to know all about her first impression of our new shoes. 

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    FoilGuard - the story and people behind the latest addition to your (foil) fencing kit

    You might know the reasons behind its development, you might have received a newsletter promoting it and you might even have purchased it already…but do you really know the story of FoilGuard, the new EVA soft cover mandatory for all fencers wearing a chest protector in official FIE competitions (and domestic events in many countries *)? We’ve gathered some insight with our supplier when the product just came out last spring – read on for our background story about Richard Shearer and his company QP sports. 

    (Spoiler: even if you don’t know it , you might already own one of their products! )

     

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    Chest protectors – an update on the new rules in foil from 2018

    The FIE recently has released new requirements for chest protectors both in men’s and women’s foil. For full information about the underlying problems (including a bit of foil history) as well as some instructions on what to do now and where to purchase, please read on...

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    Wireless sets "I need info about durability, battery life, maintenance, warranty"

    In response to a customer who has asked several questions that come up regularly I thought it would be useful to post some information about Leon Paul's wireless set.

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    FIE masks update FAQ

    Here are a few questions and answers about the new FIE rules in regards to masks.

    All new masks sold by Leon Paul are compliant with the FIE rule changes that will come into effect next season in Septembre 2018.

    Why are the FIE changing the rules for all FIE masks?

    Over the past 6 years, the number of masks, made by all fencing manufactures, falling off during competition has increased.

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    The Professionals

    I hate outsourcing. It is something I am not very good at and it always causes me problems. I think to outsource work well, you need to be very detailed at the start of the process, you need to be able to accept that you have limited control and that sometimes things won’t be done as you would do them. I hate these things and that is why for the last 15 years I have tried to do everything in-house, at Leon Paul, in London. This way I can control everything and feel in charge of the companies own destiny...
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    Moonshot Piste

    A moonshot idea is one that reinvents and revolutionises an industry or in our case a sport. Normally designers take a single product and look to make a series of incremental improvements. A moonshot idea is to improve by a factor of 10 making it a giant leap forward in a short space of time. Google calls these ideas project X, which just makes it sound very cool. I have always looked at each problem as they come up and then acted on this individual problem. Often through discussions with fencers, a “problem” is identified and we work out a...
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    Plymouth Fencing Club goes Wireless! Published on behalf of Peter Barrett - Head coach

    This blog post has been written by Peter Barrett head coach of Plymouth fencing club after they went fully wireless in April 2017 with 14 sets of wireless fencing equipment replacing 15 ancient scoring sets.

    • 15 Fencing ‘Boxes’
    • 30 Ground Leads
    • 30 Spools (if they are all working)
    • 6 Mains extension leads

    That’s a lot of equipment to set up and put away 3 times a week.

    In addition to all the agro of pushing fencers to ‘get the boxes out’ comes the average repair cost of around £2,000 per year in keeping it all in working order.

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    Nuts about nuts and pommels....

    Nuts are not the most interesting part of a fencing weapon but they represent a snapshot into the slightly obsessive approach that Leon Paul take to design that flows through into everything we do. We believe our products should be made with little to no compromise and we push things to the limits and sometimes beyond.

    Nice nuts

    Why are nuts so important in fencing?

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  • HEMA

    Big sword hits fencing mask in slow motion!

    Now that I have your attention I wanted to talk to you about testing mask mesh quality for fencing and for the sport of HEMA. My name is Jacek Bujko. I have been helping Leon Paul develop a HEMA range of fencing equipment. I started fencing at a local sports club when I was twenty and then studied Historical European Martial Arts in Poland for a couple of years before eventually settling down with my own recreational fencing club. I am a huge fencing and HEMA fan I even got married in my fencing suit as it just felt right!

    One of my first projects with Leon Paul was to develop a HEMA mask. I feel we have made some great updates and improvements to the HEMA mask. One of the things I have experienced and wanted to talk about was the D word…. DENTS!

    crushed-mask This mask was run over by a car but......

    "My mask just got dented!"

    Then the inevitable:

    "Was that blow really that strong?" "I didn't even feel that!"

    are very common in our heads when we come to realize, that the precious new mask that we've just recently got is not so pristine anymore.

     

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