1. Older practice fencing foils (especially Italian and French) were actually real weapons converted with a nailhead point and plastic cover to change them into practice weapons.
2. You can purchase these for as little as $10 used, since often the tips are starting to fray.
3. Remove the plastic practice tip.
4. You'll now find the typical "T" shaped tip of the protective nailhead. These can be an integral part of the blade, or a welded afterthought!
5. Expose the T completely.
6. Clamp the blade with an Irwin handheld vise (GREAT invention!).
7. Using your Dremel, grind the T point off, exposing the rectangular blade tip.
8. Begin with a rough grinding accessory, finish with chain saw sharpening cones and a hand file.
9. Using the natural blade groove, finish the point with it's own natural taper, spine and groove.
10. Polish the finished tip, and you've converted an old practice foil into a powerful combat fencing weapon.
11. For more modern effects, add a pistol grip, which is more common in fencing today than the Italian and French grips.
You KNOW bladesmiths can do this with slack belts, etc. but this is a "low cost" demo with a high value result!
70,000 British Noblemen were killed in duels between 1660 and 1760, thinking their heavy broadswords could easily defeat these flimsy foils (you know, the can openers used to chop open armor). The foil stab, though the heart, takes less than 1/25th of a second-- not giving the nobleman a chance to even raise his broadsword, let alone decapitate you (OR Draw a GUN!). With all the talk of eliminating gun rights, get yourself a tried and true foil for home defense! No such thing as an "accidental discharge" with a sword! More info? Click HERE for the teach combat site and HERE for the blade combat site, including combat fencing and swords.
PS: OK, technically, after you're done, it is no longer a foil, but a rapier. Like the very odd Cold Steel folks, we tried these on sides of beef, and they are as lethal as they were over 3 centuries ago! Disclaimer: be careful, not a toy, and wear shop glasses with your Dremel too! There is a HUGE and growing market for blade combat instructors and bladesmiths, given the direction control of other home defense weapons is going today-- take advantage of the trends and become a bladesmith/instructor! Why not also make these as part of your new product lineup? Go for it!
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