ARN - Are Del Tin's still experimental?

Walter Robin aborman at
Mon Mar 6 11:21:13 PST 2000

Marshal's handbook (Section 4, II C )

The term "schlager" in the rules includes "Del Tin, oval cross section,
diamond cross section"
and "may be shortened so long as it does not make them too stiff."


----- Original Message -----
From: "R. Smith" <superboy at>
To: <ansteorra-rapier at>
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2000 12:49 PM
Subject: Re: ARN - Are Del Tin's still experimental?

> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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?
> Chandranath
> Student of Walter Robin
> At 12:30 PM 3/6/00 +0000, Simone wrote:
> >Greetings all,
> >
> >I have decided to take the plunge into HR but am uncertain whether I
> >buy the oval cross-sectioned schlager or the diamond cross-sectioned Del
> >  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?
> >they are , I would hate to invest the money to buy a toy I may be told
> >on that I can't use.   Then have to spend more money to get the schlager
> >blade.
> >
> >So, should I get the Del Tin or the schlager blade?
> >
> >Any opinions out there? (yes, I know that's a loaded question . . . )
> >
> >Regards,
> >Simone
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