Favorite Fencing SwordPosted by: CannedBread
Foil=Can hit only the chest. Epee= can bit anywhere. Saber= shortest blade, can hit the mask, and chest and arms.
The sabre or saber is a sword that usually has a curved, single-edged blade and a rather large hand guard, covering the knuckles of the hand as well as the thumb and forefinger. Although sabres are typically thought of as curved-bladed slashing weapons, those used by the world's heavy cavalry often had straight and even double-edged blades more suitable for thrusting. The length of sabres varied, and most were carried in a scabbard hanging from a shoulder belt known as a baldric or from a waist-mounted sword belt, usually with slings of differing lengths to permit the scabbard to hang below the rider's waist level. Exceptions not intended for personal carry include the Patton saber adopted by the United States Army in 1913 and always mounted to the cavalryman's saddle.
The épée is the modern derivative of the dueling sword, the small sword, used in sport fencing. Épée is French for "sword".As a thrusting weapon the épée is similar to a foil, but has a stiffer blade which is triangular in cross-section with a V-shaped groove called a fuller, has a larger bell guard, and is heavier. The technique however, is somewhat different, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. In addition, the entire body is a valid target area.
A foil is a type of weapon used in fencing. It is the most common weapon in terms of usage in competition.