Item: 3-Weapon Glove
Color/Size: Small, Right-Hand
Manufacturer: Absolute Fencing
See or contact Coach Schafer with any questions or if you would like to purchase this item.
As I mentioned at practice the other day, if we intend to compete with other schools in meets and tournaments, we have to start thinking about purchasing electric equipment. For USFA tournaments, the requirement is that you have a minimum of two electric weapons and two body cords in addition to any other electric gear such as a lamé (foil and saber only), special mask (saber), overglove or cuff (saber), mask cord, etc. For the upcoming tournament in April, you can probably get the minimum in order to compete:
Foil – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord, 1 foil lamé
Épée – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord
Saber – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord, 1 electric saber mask w/mask cord, 1 overglove
I’ve taken the time to do some comparative shopping for everyone. Attached to this post is a chart of vendors and the different sets they offer for beginning electric equipment. The chart is grouped according to weapon type. There are some obvious deals (cheap prices), but it all depends on what you can and want to purchase at this time. If you intend to continue with fencing next year, I would suggest you consider buying a set that will provide you with the minimum USFA requirements for competitions.
Why two weapons? Murphy’s Law runs rampant at meets and competitions. With the use and abuse that weapons go through during the course of a bout or competition, it is not uncommon for a weapon to fail or get damaged. (Sarah would be happy to recount her experience with this for you!) If that should occur, you would be given a limited amount of time to come up with a replacement weapon (but not enough time to repair it). If you do not have a back-up weapon, you will be forced to forfeit the bout.
Click the link below to download the electric starter sets information (PDF) When ordering sets, there are often multiple options based on the type of weapon (type of point, type of grip, etc.). If you have any questions about equipment, please do not hesitate to contact me (phone, text, email, FB, comments on this blog).
Since we first started the club back in November, we have accumulated a short list of equipment vendors that are wiling to offer a discount for club orders. A few will even honor the offered discount to individuals, meaning that you can place your equipment order directly with the vendor and not through the coach in order to get the discounted price. As an update, I am including here a list of the vendors and their respective discounts:
Absolute Fencing (http://www.absolutefencinggear.com/shopping/)
Physical Chess (www.physicalchess.com)
Blue Gauntlet (www.blue-gauntlet.com)
Triplette Competition Arms (www. triplette.com)
Fencing Star (www.fencingstar.com)
As always, if you have any questions contact me.
The information provided in this post has been updated. Please see “Club Discounts on Fencing Equipment, Revised.”
I’ve heard back from Absolute Fencing, and we qualify for the discount now. This will mean that if you want to receive the discounts they are offering, the order will have to be placed by me as the Coach. We will have to work on a case-by-case basis on how you can pay for your order.
The discounts they are offering the club are as follows:
Since sets are already discounted, we can only get 5% off any set ordered. Let me know via email or in person if you would like to place an order.
Here’s the outline of the process for placing a club order. Please note that club orders are only available to members of the club.
Coach Schafer – click here for email