On Sunday, I broke a tang clean off an epee blade. You’ve no idea what a tang is? Let me show you one one of my non-broken blades (this, by the way, is one of my favorites. it’s a chevalier FIE maraging blade). The arrow points out the tang.

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Since this is one of my favorite blades, let’s have another look at it.

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It’s so pretty.

And no, that’s not the blade that’s now useless, or there’d be a lot more crying.

The blade I broke the tang off of was just a boring, stiff as a pole standard blade.

The two pieces together:

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aaaaaaand, the two pieces apart:

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The little blue things sticking out are bits of wire. And it was such a NICE wiring job. 🙁

One more view:

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*sigh*

I will just keep repeating to myself that at least it wasn’t an expensive blade.