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Eric Fick




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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:12 pm    Post subject: Looking for a fencing mask         Reply with quote

so i'm looking for a good mask for unarmoured long sword, side sword, etc. I have a retro 3-weapon mask, but I am looking to purchase a new mask. I have notice some people using different types and would like some impute.

thanks

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Eric Fick
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Nathan M Wuorio




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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I use a Leon Paul three weapon mask when I fence foil and practice with my saber. It's very comfortable and breathable, and not too expensive either. I would definitely recommend it.
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Michael Barna




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 6:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Does anyone have advice on how to modify a 3 weapon mask to work well with controlled longsword sparring?

Mike

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Eric Hejdström




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 6:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Of all the masks I've tried I find the Leon Paul range the absolutely best. Much more tightfitting and comfortable than Allstar for example. But I can promise you it's worth the extra bucks to buy a coaching mask. Especially for sparring. Also buy the leather cover for the mask, it protects the sparrignweapons from scratches from the mesh. I'd reccomend the mask below but it's a bit more expensive than standard masks (unless you want one with a plexi visor) but they can take a beating better.



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Eric Hejdström




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 6:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael, check with the Hammaborg guys. They have lots and lots of experience from steel sparring. Maybe not that much longsword but I've seen what they do to eachother with sword and buckler...
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 9:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You may want to take a look at Terry Tindall's masks:

http://www.thatguysproducts.com/



These are a nice bridge between a fencing mask and an actual helmet. They are still lightweight, provide as much vision and breathability as a fencing mask, but are FAR more protective. They cover the back of the head (which fencing masks do not), and they'll take a full powered longsword blow to the scalp, whereas even the best fencing masks will eventually start to dent. I still use a mask for general training (simply because they're easy to put on and take off), and have no issues with doing so, but the Terry Tindall masks are definitely worth looking into for serious steel bouting.

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David Teague




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello All,

I'd back Bill 100% on a Terry Tindall's mask, however you do have a new choice if you want something that looks more historical...

Windrose Armoury WMA fencing helm. Link




I really like the pierced visor option myself.

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David

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Eric Fick




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

wow things really have evolved over the years. I like the steel fencing mask from terry, and the one from windrose looks like one i saw from revival.us

great stuff thank you

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Eric Fick
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Bill Grandy
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Barna wrote:
Does anyone have advice on how to modify a 3 weapon mask to work well with controlled longsword sparring?

Mike


I forgot to reply to this. Terry Tindall (in the link I gave above) also can modify modern fencing masks to have the back covered with a perferated steel plate, just like on his standard masks. This plate is removable. He doesn't have pictures on his site, but I saw a pic of it once, and it looks like a good option for someone who already has a mask and doesn't want to drop down a lot of money for a new one.

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David Teague




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric Fick wrote:
wow things really have evolved over the years. I like the steel fencing mask from terry, and the one from windrose looks like one i saw from revival.us

great stuff thank you


No, not the same one that revival.us had. This has been in the work for years with input from people such as Greg Mele and
Christian Tobler. WMAW 09 was the official launch of the product line.

My only "problem" with Terry's masks are that he's a one man show and you do have a to wait a while for your order. He has "the list" posted so you can guesstimate how long until your order is in the production slot. Each mask is a week production time.

Cheers,

DT

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