Leon Paul Blog
Brought to life in 2016, this blog looks at our sport in all its forms and from all angles. Are you ready to explore the world of fencing?
Our newly released updated two pin plug, found on our FIE-approved foil and sabre bodywires, already has a considerable number of fans... but do you know the the story of cutting-edge technology involved in its making?
Today, Alex Paul, our director and mastermind behind product development, tells you all about how our latest innovation saw the light of day the fencing halls of the world. Read on after the jump.
First shown on our Instagram page some months ago we are ready to unveil our brand new two pin plug. This awesome new design makes the previously dull world of plugs and sockets a guaranteed 100% more exciting!
Our new foil and sabre two pin bodywire is
- Longer lasting - the best strain relief on the market
- Less Exploding - no more flying lock clips
- Easier to fix - no need for a helpful octopus
- Prettier - like it was hewn from a solid block of ice (or a glacier mint)
Read on for a full description of all its the benefits!
Our GT3 tips, whether for foil or epee, are the most carefully engineered on the planet. We have gone to extraordinary lengths to try to make sure that they are reliable, robust and above all else buttery smooth.
Ahead a few tips by our director Alex Paul (with the input from top-ranked foil fencer Richard Kruse!) to help you get the best from them.
We pride ourselves in always pushing the sport of fencing forwards and at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig we wanted to show something really special. Ben calls it the moonshot piste, something that can once again transform the presentation of the sport. It is not until you see the piste in person that you can appreciate how totally awesome it is.
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
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.
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.
Why are nuts so important in fencing?
In my part 1 post, I discussed how clever lighting had made huge improvements to the way Fencing Came across on TV at the Rio 2016 Olympics. There are another few factors that are gradually improving the sports appearance on TV.
Did Rio mark a new dawn for televised fencing or is this the start of a raft of changes that will improve the sports appeal to a wider audience?
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.
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.
I am a self confessed technology and equipment addict, there is nothing I like more in my job here at Leon Paul than designing, testing, refining and manufacturing new products.
I am also a big believer in the difference that a number of small improvements in your equipment can make to your overall performance. This approach was spearheaded by Sir David Brailsford who coined the phrase "marginal gains" at British Cycling.
As a first post I thought I would take the opportunity to explain a little about myself and my role here. Leon Paul is a fourth generation family business with Leon being my great grandfather. Sadly I never got to meet him or his wife Nana Paul with whom he started the company way back in 1921. Continue reading