The main thrust of this revision was to remove the list of "approved blades" and replace it with an easy to execute "field test". Below is a summary of the changes incorporated into this version of the rules:
Page - 2 / Paragraph - 1.E: Remove reference to retired Appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.A: Establish that objective criteria will be used to determine allowable blades in lieu of appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.B: Definition of objective criteria for allowable blades.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.C: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.D: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 11 / Paragraph - 1.B: Doubled the weight and the deflection to aid measurement in the field. Added flexibility criteria for Cut and Thrust. Provide flexibility criteria in a table for easier reference.
Page - 20 / Paragraph - 5: Retired Appendix Section 5.
Page - 21 / Paragraph - 6: New appendix to track exceptions to the allowed blade criteria, such as fiberglass blades and plastic foils for Youth Rapier.
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