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A dueling sword used in fencing

Common clues: Fencing sword; Type of foil; Pointless Olympic event?; Blunted blade; Pentathlon event; Duel tool; Foil alternative; Its point is guarded

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An épée is the modern derivative of the original dueling sword, the rapier, used in sport fencing.

The weapon is similar to a foil (compared to a sabre), but has a stiffer, V-shaped blade, has a larger bell guard, and is heavier. The technique however, is completely different. The blade is a concave triangle in cross-section. Épée is French for "sword."

While modern sport fencing has three weapons (foil, épée, and sabre), each a separate event, épée is the only one in which the entire body is a valid target area. Epees are the heaviest of all three weapons.

In most higher-level competitions a grounded metal piste is used to prevent floor hits from registering as touches. Unlike sabre and foil, in épée there are no right-of-way rules regarding attacking; that is, touches are awarded solely on the basis of which fencer makes a touch first, according to the electronic scoring machines. Also, in épée double-touches are allowed, although the touches must be within 40 milliseconds of each other.

Epee is the most popular weapon in fencing throughout the world, though it is common for fencing masters to require students to learn foil first.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Épée".

EPEE (783) 55 Mo >1 08 Fencing sword

28 Tu+ >1 07 Fencing weapon FOIL

20 Tu- >1 09 Fencer's weapon

18 Tu+ >1 06 Dueling sword

17 We- >1 06 Blunted blade

15 We- >1 08 Duel tool

14 Mo+ >1 07 Fencing blade

14 Tu+ >1 06 Fencing tool

13 Tu+ >1 03 Olympian's sword

12 Tu >1 09 Fencer's blade

12 We+ >1 01 Sword with a guarded tip

11 Tu >1 00 Olympic sword

11 We+ >1 09 Pentathlon event

11 Tu >1 06 Sporting blade

10 Tu- >1 09 Fencing foil

10 Th- >1 04 Foil alternative

10 We+ >1 09 Olympic weapon FOIL

10 Th- >1 03 One-on-one sport

9 >1 96 Fencer's foil

9 >1 06 Fencer's sword

07 Alternative to a saber

7 Tu+ >1 07 Fencing rapier

7 We+ >1 04 Foil's cousin

7 Th >1 08 Olympics event LUGE

7 Tu >1 08 Rapier's cousin