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main gauche uk

PostPosted: 16 Jul 2013 15:04
by Paul B
Ive had some interest in the group for rapier and dagger. Im at a loss as to where to recommend getting parrying daggers that can be used in sparing.

any thoughts?

Re: main gauche uk

PostPosted: 16 Jul 2013 15:21
by admin
I know quite a few people use Darkwoods. Pricey though with shipping and taxes.
Marco Danelli could surely oblige for something custom and I believe Peter Regenyei also does them.

Re: main gauche uk

PostPosted: 16 Jul 2013 17:03
by M Wander
Paul B wrote:Ive had some interest in the group for rapier and dagger. Im at a loss as to where to recommend getting parrying daggers that can be used in sparing.

any thoughts?

Getting out of lurk mode, we've got a few daggers made by Regenyei we've been using for a few months in our group and they work very well.
The blades are pretty flexible, especially in the last half, so you have to make sure you parry on the strong or at least turn your edge, as you would in a normal rapier parry from terza to quart. I wouldn't call them anything even near whippy though. The flex makes the daggers safe for thrusting as well if you can get there. I don't have one here atm but I think they've all got rolled tips that seem quite safe.

As for balance and design, since you can get whatever quillion and pommel design you like you can move the POB quite a bit, as well as the looks. We've got two types; one with the quillions bent forward, that I really enjoy. The other one has straight quillions making it a bit lighter, due to less material, and with the POB nearer the hilt it is easier to turn quickly into attacks, The difference in POB is clear, you can easily feel the difference between the types. One of my training partners enjoys that one a lot. Personally I'm more comfortable with the one with the bent qullions since I feel it gives me a safer parry because of the extra inertia. Both types have safe quillions that I wouldn't be afraid to catch or stab fencers.

As for fit and finish, it's exactly what I've come to expect of Regenyei. No rattling anywhere, everything feels solid.

Re: main gauche uk

PostPosted: 16 Jul 2013 17:26
by Phil C
Prieur do the best poignard style daggers- suitable for Victorian-era rapier and dagger-
http://www.prieur-sports.com/en/old-fec ... eatre.html