The Swords Club
ABOUT FENCING

There are three weapons used in fencing: Foil, Epee and Sabre.

INTRODUCTION TO FENCING

Weapon: Epee

The épée (pronounced "EPP-pay"), the descendant of the dueling sword, is similar in length to the foil, but is heavier, weighing approximately 770 grams, with a larger guard (to protect the hand from a valid hit) and a much stiffer blade. Touches are scored only with the point of the blade.

epee

The entire body is the valid target area. The blade is wired with a spring-loaded tip at the end that completes an electrical circuit when it is depressed beyond a pressure of 750 grams. This causes the colored bulb on the scoring machine to light. Because the entire body is a valid target area, the épée fencer's uniform does not include a lamé. Off-target hits do not register on the machine.

foil

Illustration: Francois Cartegnie

QUICK LINKS

About fencing
Three Weapons