Spend a day with USFA Armorer Dennis Crumpler and get your essential equipment repaired and readied for Summer Nationals (and hopefully the rest of your fencing career)!
- Step instruction to fixing a body cord (bring your own!).
- Step instruction to fixing a foil/epee (bring your own!)
- Tips and tricks
- Getting your armory questions answered
Register your interest at the front desk.
(Ideal) Checklist of Things to Bring
For body cord:
- Small pair of side cutters
- A set of screwdrivers, by which one can open the body cord plugs and another will tighten the set screws. A $5 set ofmicro screwdrivers is quite adequate.
- Wire skinner
- Heat shrink tubing is useful, but not essential
- Soldering iron, if have
- Test meter, if have
- Box end wrench to fit the barrel for their weapon, 5 mm for foil and 6 mm for epee
- A cheap 6 in one screwdriver
- Box end 8 mm ignition or bicycle wrench to tighten 2-prong socket nuts
- A small pair of vise grips to hold the blade while tightening the barrel
- Box cutter, or sharp slot head screwdriver to clean the groove in blade
- Sandpaper (100 and 150 grit)
- Plastic spaghetti (insulating tubing)
- Blade wires
- Superglue (all the better if it's any one of these: Gorilla "rubberized" CA, red Locktite, gel CA Locktite)
- 1/4in triangle file and 9in flat file (if mounting new blade)
- Wiring string or chain
- Electrical tape (for securing the wire at the tang). 3M number 35 recommended.
- Tools that a fencer should ordinarily have: tang nut wrench, test box, and appropriate test weight, shims for epee
- Parts for weapon: barrel, springs, screws, tips, tip tape
NOTE: Best to remove old wiring in your blade with acetone and clean the groove before the clinic