The aim of the Calibur system is to make fencing available for anyone, anytime, anywhere. In order to make this feature, we had to design a complex way of registering hits and transferring information.
Because of this, there are some, not so obvious ways in which Calibur differs from other scoring methods. Here, you can find a list of some elements that cause no problem while fencing, but sometimes are unusual to our users.
Most of the issues listed here can be avoided by testing your equipment in testing your equipment in full fencing uniform, in a realistic setting.
Bellguard for foil
With some equipment, bellguard distinction on foil has minor issues. We recommend that if you experience such things, turn on the switch for "register on-target hits for bellguard".
This also resolves the problem if you see that at some point, if you are sweaty enough (which means that your gloves are dripping wet), valid hits on you do not register as they should. This can also be resolved with a dry glove too though.
Bellguard for épée
One small bug that might occur is that if you test your épée's bellguard barehanded, while keeping the other weapon's point on it, it registers as valid. This is really easy to avoid, since in a realistic situation, since either putting on gloves or using a quick thrust never results in this error.
Speed of registering hits
If you find that registering hits is somewhat slower than it is with the traditional scoring machines, you can augment the speed by:
- Turning off other Bluetooth devices nearby
- Closing other applications that are making your mobile device slower
- Turning off notifications
- Deleting unused apps.
Things to pay attention to when testing foil
In some situations, you may experience peculiarities, but only in circumstances that are extremely rare during fencing, and in case they would occur, it’s probable that no points would be given anyway by a referee.
To avoid misleading test results,
- DO NOT hit the lamés on the floor. Always wear full fencing set (gloves, lamés, plastrons) and test on a partner.
- DO NOT touch the blade when testing. Make clean thrusts on your partners lamé.
- DO NOT keep your tip on the opponents lamé. Make quick hits, like in a real bout.
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