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Gabriele Becattini





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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan, 2008 2:46 am    Post subject: del tin and darkwood blades compare         Reply with quote

hello, i'm considering to buy a new practice rapier and my choice is between a del tin rapier and a darkwood rapier.
my fencing accademy (FISAS) use del tin practical blades by many years and so i know it well but i'm tempting to buy a darkwood rapier because i like very much scott wilson's works, the problem is that i dont know nothing about the quality of their practical blades. someone could tell me the difference between this two kinds of blades? thank you
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Christopher Gregg




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Del Tin vs. Darkwood         Reply with quote

Gabriele,

I have not handled a Darkwood rapier, but I do own a Del Tin. I think you will find the concensus is that the Del Tin rapiers are a bit too "whippy" in feel, and not really historically accurate to period rapiers. I do believe that Scott's Darkwood blades are closer to period in their performance. I know my A&A German rapier is much stiffer than my Del Tin. Maybe someone else can chime in?

Christopher Gregg

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James Holczer




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have two Darkwood blades and Iíve been using one of them extensively for the past 2 years. I donít have any complaints to report. They hold up to heavy use well and seem to be well tempered. They are not overly whippy yet they flex well. The only thing I will say it that most of the Darkwood blades Iíve handled are considerably heavier than the Del-tin FISAS blades but in my opinion they approximate the actual feel of a period rapier more closely. Scott Wilson of Darkwood can also customize a blade somewhat to your needs and specifications if so desired.

Jim Holczer
Student - Umbs School of Fence / Martinez Academy of Arms
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