The Epee

  • The Epee
  • The épée is the heaviest of the three modern fencing weapons. It is a thrusting weapon, based closely on the duelling swords used until the beginning of the twentieth century. The convention of right-of-way does not apply to épée; whoever hits first scores. This leads to far simpler actions than are found in foil or sabre, as fencers try to make swift, uncomplicated attacks to open target on their opponent. Also, counter-attacks (attacks made after an opponent begins an attack) are far more common in épée than the other weapons.
    The entire body is valid target in épée competition, from the soles of the feet to the top of the head, and out to the tips of the fingers.

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