ARN - Are Del Tin's still experimental?
superboy at lsh.org
Mon Mar 6 10:49:57 PST 2000
Allow me to be among the first to state my heavyhanded opinion. :)
If you are not used to heavy rapier, I recommend starting with a smaller
schlager. I personally like the "short", stout, 34" schlagers, but even a
37" will be less unwieldy to you than a Del Tin. After a half a year of
regular schlager practice, I still find the Del Tin difficult to be really
effective with. It is nice for range, nice for quality, and it is a really
spiffy reproduction, but I hold to my claim that they are a bear to use,
particularly if you are used to solely lighter stuff. And they cost an arm
and a leg. :)
I went through this same angst when I was deciding what to get, but I'm
glad I picked up a shorter blade first. Someday I will be pleased to get a
Del Tin -- but only when it's not an expensive toy for me that when I use
it, I get smeared.
To my understanding, the Del Tin is considered suitable for all schlager
uses in Kingdom. Reality check, people closer to the source?
Student of Walter Robin
At 12:30 PM 3/6/00 +0000, Simone wrote:
>I have decided to take the plunge into HR but am uncertain whether I should
>buy the oval cross-sectioned schlager or the diamond cross-sectioned Del Tin.
> I have heard that the Del Tin is *better* than the schlager in terms of
>better flexibility, less breakage, more historically accurate, etc. But
>exactly how much better is the Del Tin? Are there statistics to compare or is
>it just a perception that they are better?
>Also, I'm wondering if Del Tin blades are still considered experimental? If
>they are , I would hate to invest the money to buy a toy I may be told later
>on that I can't use. Then have to spend more money to get the schlager
>So, should I get the Del Tin or the schlager blade?
>Any opinions out there? (yes, I know that's a loaded question . . . )
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