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Peter Bosman




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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jan, 2007 11:28 am    Post subject: Triplette - Zen Warrior         Reply with quote

In the A&A loophilt smallsword review I read the blade was made for triplette Competition Arm. If I understand it correctly Zen Warrior is the historic department.
The search engine does not give any usefull results however. Does anyone has experience with the 'historical' blades or their service?

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Peter
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jan, 2007 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They use a double wide epee blade, and it is very sturdy. The drawback is that it is also very stiff. Some people prefer this, some don't.

Triplette/Zen Warrior Armoury have their ups and downs. The customer service has always seemed good to me, and their blades seem sturdy enough. I'm not a fan of their rapier blades, as those are also very stiff, just like the double wide epee blade, but that's more of a personal preference. I personally really dislike almost every hilt that they offer out of their "historical" line up, as they are generally too bulky, disproportionate, and quite frankly pretty ugly in most cases.

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Eric Bergeron




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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jan, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have to agree with Bill, I have at one point owned a couple of their hilts, the cuphilt and one of their swept hilts, like Bill pointed out they are very large hilts, if I recall they are made with stainless steel and are very crude. I think they would be a good starting hilt to get into for SCA use, but I would tend to steer people a little higher up on dollar value and point em to Scott at darkwood not only are his hilts & blades some of the best in the price range but they are serviceable.
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Peter Bosman




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jan, 2007 2:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for the information.
We are looking for basic but useable rugged and the historical angle needs be only superficial. Their EW-epee blade would suit us very well probably.
I have sent them an email about shipping.

Peter
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