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Branimir Zivkovic, founder and president of Zivkovic modern fencing equipment, has had a stored career first as a fencer, then as master, and finally as business owner
77 Arnold Road, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-2820 USA
HELPFUL INFORMATION REGARDING HANDLES THAT I DESIGNED.
First, I do not know what handle(s) you use.
But if you use any of other model but mine, then I would like to state the following:
During practice, bout etc. does your fencing hand get tired and you rub your fingers? And when you continue fencing it comes back, again and again? Do you know what causes that?
Have you heard (and I am sure you did) of so the called “Carpal tunnel”? If you did, then what goes through the “carpal tunnel”? Of course, you know - it is blood! And what substance does the blood carry without which we cannot survive? Oxygen, of course!
But, when you use the regular handle, which has a longer tang, through the constant movement of your hand, that long tang “attacks” the area where Carpal tunnel is located. This way, the Carpal tunnel is being punished by constant pressure from the long tang which, in turn, restricts normal blood flow needed in your fingers. This means that a lack of oxygen creates fatigue in your hand and the consequential itch in your fingers. In short - the culprit is the long tang of the regualr handle you use!
If you continue using that kind of handle, sooner or later you will have to see an orthopedic for solution.
But, there are only two solutions:
one is to stop using the “object” that is causing this, and the other is to have a surgery! I spoke to many orthopedic doctors and they all said the same thing.
Now, let us take a look at my design handles. None of them have long tang, or a curved “horn” that will pinch you when you make a flip motion, offense or defense! Plus, front top and bottom of my handles have ridges, therefore, when making a strong movement with your weapon (foil or epee), there will be NO slide of your finger backward as it is happening with many other type of handles.
So, now that you know positive and negatives of handles that you use, the choice is yours. Something old and negative or something new and positive!
If you try mine, and you don’t like, you can always go back to your old one! But, I can tell you that as of today 99% of all fencers who tried or changed to my handles, never went back to their old ones!
I hope that you will give that chance to yourself and be satisfied!
This photo demonstrates the main difference between our handles and the regular ones
In this chart you can see our offer of handles, sorted by groups, with short explanation of benefits and use of each group
Zivkovic B1 Handle
This is our very first handle model, designed back in 1974. It is large and to be used for hand/glove size 9+ and more.
Curved heel for easy movement control of either foil or epee weapons. Recommended for more active fencing styles.
Zivkovic B Handle
The Zivkovic B is another large handle model we manufacture. Channels for the fingers as well as the pronounced heel will provide strong support for those who prefer to feel the entire grip in their hand. Due to its weight this handle will provide best balance when used for epee.
Zivkovic BII Handle
The Zivkovic BII is the third largest handle we designed, based on the original B1 and B models but slightly smaller. Meant for medium to large hands.
Zivkovic BIII Handle
The Zivkovic BIII is the slim version of the original models B1, B and BII handles. It is much lighter overall and has become very popular among foil fencers, especially those with medium to small hands.
Zivkovic G Handle
The original Zivkovic G handle features pronounced finger grooves and super-supportive heel. The handle is meant for medium- to large-sized hands. Similar to the B in styling but providing even more support.
Zivkovic GII Handle
The Zivkovic GII is a slightly smaller version of the Zivkovic G handle and is thus better suited for small- to medium-sized hands. This handle is most often used by foilists.
Zivkovic K Handle
The Zivkovic K handle is the most popular of our handle range due to its versatility and similarity to other handles (but without the pain!). Fits medium hands and features a smooth grip with an open heel for a more agressive fencing style.
Zivkovic KII Handle
The Zivkovic KII handle is a smaller version of the original Zivkovic K handle. It is meant for fencers who have small hands but like the style and comfort of the K.
Zivkovic KIII Handle
The Zivkovic KIII is based on the original K but like the BIII in its category is a smaller and slimmer version. Formerly known as the Zivkovic K2 handle.
Zivkovic S Handle
The Zivkovic S handle is the smallest handle we designed. It is very similar in design to the K handle but is meant for young fencers, cadets and juniors.
Zivkovic Z Handle
The Zivkovic Z handle looks strange at first because of its palm shaping. The handle provides excellent support for defensive fencers as well with finger grooves to heel support for offencive fencers, creating a desirable balance.
Zivkovic ZII Handle
The Zivkovic ZII handle is a larger version of the ZIvkovic Z handle.The handle provides excellent support for defensive fencers as well with finger grooves to heel support for offencive or defensive actions by fencers, creating a desirable balance.