How To Wire A Foil Blade
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Before you begin

Make sure that all your parts are clean. If you are using new parts it is usually safe to assume that they are. If you have previously used parts, you should clean them. Use isopropyl rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits for those of you in the UK:) preferably 91% or 92%. Use a cheap generic cotton tip swab.  Brand name swabs such as Q-Tipô (and even some better generics) are to thick to fit in the barrel.  Also, don't forget to clean the threads on the foible and the 'other' end of the barrel.

You will also need a device for bending your blade. A doorway can do in a pinch but you can make professional bender on the cheap. As a third option, click here to buy one from my online catalog.

Step #1

  • Carefully unwind your wire making sure that there aren't any kinks in it.
  • Make certain that the metal fitting is set properly in the plastic cup.
  • Insert the wire through the barrel. Pull it through until the cup is near the barrel.

  • Step #2

  • Apply a small amount of thread locker to the foible threads (don't forget to shake it up first).
  • Lay some of the wire in the groove of the foible.
  • Thread the barrel onto the foible being careful no to cross the threads or catch the wire.
  • Tighten the barrel thoroughly but don't over do it as you could crack the barrel or ruin the threads.

  • Step #3

  • To set the wire's cup into the barrel, gently tug on the long end of the wire while applying moderate pressure to the cup with your point setter. If you don't have a point setter, any "tool" that can fit in the barrel will do (even a swab with the cotton removed).  A point setter is recommended, however.  I makes the process easier, especially for beginners.
  • When you're sure sure that you have it set correctly, lay the wire into the groove completely.
  • Wrap the end of the wire around the tang and secure it with tape.
  • Put the blade in your bender (only a slight bend is necessary) making sure that your wire doesn't come out of the groove in the process.

  • Step #4

  • Apply a reasonable coat of glue (not to much, not to little). The amount you need depends on the type of glue you use.  Be very careful to avoid glue seeping into the barrel or onto the tang.
  • When the glue is dry, remove the blade from the bender.
  • Remove any excess glue.

  • Step #5

  • Test the wire with a continuity tester before further assembly.
  • If it checks out okay, assemble the point and recheck.

  • That's it, you're done!


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