Cropped illustration of 2 horizontal fencing weapons, blade cross sections in circles, and shaded target areas on body, with braille labels.

Touching The News: What are the different types of Olympic fencing?

Three horizontal fencing weapons, blade cross sections in circles, and shaded target areas on body, with braille labels.

Title: Olympic Fencing

Description: The three Olympic fencing styles are contrasted by each weapon’s long cross section on the left (horizontal line), its blade cross section in a circled just below, and the corresponding target areas on body, shaded, in a column on the right side of the page.

The foil blade is 90 centimeters long with a 20-centimeter handle. The foil guard is a flat sphere half. The target area is the torso.

The épée blade is the same dimensions as the foil, apart from the guard being a deeper half sphere. The target area is the whole body.

The sabre blade is 88 centimeters long with a 17-centimeter handle. The sabre guard covers the knuckles as a half sphere that wraps around to the end of the handle to protect the fingers. The target area is everywhere above the waist.

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Source: Olympic fencing: Differences between the foil, épée and sabre, yahoo! news; Everything you need to know about fencing: The equipment, the weapons, the athletes, Olympics website.

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