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About Fencing Swords
Fencing is a combat sports which has been featured in every one of the Olympic Games. There is modern fencing which it is now called now distinguishing it from historic fencing. Modern fencing is thought to have originated during the 18th century in France under the influence of the Italian school of the Renaissance.
Fencing was hugely popular during the Middle Ages particularly amongst the upper class and wealthy. Fencing was regarded as a real science of combat and fascinated many who learned it. There was a significant rise in the number of fencing schools across Europe during the 18th Century and the combat sport became increasingly more associated with royalty and wealth.
To many people’s surprise fencing actually involves the use of three difference weapons; that is to say there are three different types of fencing swords. Fencing swords today are considered as these flimsy and thin metal weapons which were jus used merely for prodding and poking back in the day. However the truth is far more interesting as the swords are divided into three different weapons which are specifically designed for different types of attack.
The three different types of fencing swords are; Foil, Sabre and Epee. The foil is designed to target the torso area including the back. It is a relatively light weapon and has been designed for thrusting towards the torso area. This fencing sword is not meant to target the arms. When scoring in a game of fencing a point can only be scored with the foil’s tip. If the fencer touches their opponent with the side of the blade of the foil this does not count as a point and combat will continue. Any contact made by this particular fencing sword outside of the target area (the torso) is not counted as a point and the combat is stopped and thereafter resumed. The main point about this type of fencing sword to note is that it is designed specifically for a thrusting action.
The sabre is also a light fencing sword but this one is designed for thrusting and cutting. Its target area is also different to the other fencing swords as it targets the whole body above the waist. Unlike the foil with these particular fencing swords you can score points with the side of the blade as well as the tip. Any contact made outside the target area is not counted as a point but whereas with the foil this would stop the combat this is not the case with the sabre; upon contact outside the contact area no point is awarded but combat resumes and does not pause.
The third and final fencing sword, the Epee, is the heaviest of the three and is also designed for thrusting. Unlike the other two fencing swords the Epee is actually designed to target the entire body. Points can only be scored with the tip of the blade, as with the Foil, and contact made with the side of the blade will not be counted as points.