There is always MAINTENANCE that needs doing
When we are splitting our time between family, school or work, fencing, and other activities; it can be hard to find time to do all the little things that we know we should be doing.
Seeing how many tip screws we have left, repairing stitching on garments, cleaning rust of our blades, checking calibration of electrical equipment, and update our repair kits are all great things to do! And with no fencing practice, it's a great time to tackle some of those rainy day projects!
Ultimately, I will move all this to a page about upkeep and armory, but for now, I'm just going to be putting these up as blog style posts as I have time.
Let's get our gear all cleaned up!
So, I have multiple tool kits of varied supplies. The tools needed for rewiring blades are very different from what I want when I'm on the strip at tournaments. This kit on the left, unpacked on the right, is my everyday load for when I'm at practice or tournaments.
My favorite secret weapon!
There are many different devices available for testing your electric, competition equipment. Most are fairly simple and feature two or three little lights that your gear plugs into, depending on the specific tester, you will see different combinations of lights based on the makers specification. These are easy to use, but also tend to be a little more expensive and they generally give non-specific information about the equipment's function.
I, however, like to use a multi-meter for testing equipment. An inexpensive, analog multi-meter will cost somewhere between $10 - $18. The tool will measure all kinds of different electrical systems, so has many uses outside of fencing as well!
Listed below is how to use this device for testing your fencing equipment.
A multi-meter will have a dial to select what kind of electrical energy you are measuring or what kind of test to run. For fencing, we'll be testing electrical resistance, which is the check for complete electrical circuits. On the device you will be selecting Ohms, which is the measure of resistance.
With the multi-meter set to ohms, and with the probes separated, not connected, or connected to a broken circuit, you will have perfect resistance. That is to say that there is no electricity travelling from the positive to the negative probes. With epee, an unpressed tip will be an open circuit. In foil, the depressed tip will show this result.
Here, the probes are connected, allowing electricity to pass unimpeded from the positive to the negative. This is showing that we have a closed circuit. This is how a point in epee will register, it is how foils show when the tip is not being pressed. For sabre, this is what you want to see for connection from your body cord socket to the blade.