Fencing Weapons: Epee, Foil, Saber [Photographic Print at AllPosters.com] (See the middle sword -- that's an ITALIAN foil, not well-known in this fencing generation's knowledge of different schools of fencing. I learned this weapon starting when I was 7 years old, when my father put a sword in my hand & said "you will learn to fence!". I thought my fingers would break at times - it's a difficult weapon to use -- but has strengths you wouldn't believe. JEO)

Fencing Weapons: Epee, Foil, Saber [Photographic Print at AllPosters.com] (See the middle sword -- that's an ITALIAN foil, not well-known in this fencing generation's knowledge of different schools of fencing. I learned this weapon starting when I was 7 years old, when my father put a sword in my hand & said "you will learn to fence!". I thought my fingers would break at times - it's a difficult weapon to use -- but has strengths you wouldn't believe. JEO)

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Unusual weapons rack... A beautiful offering of swords... not your basic fencing gear...

Unusual weapons rack... A beautiful offering of swords... not your basic fencing gear...

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While in class, I realized how these uniforms made us "faceless." I'll put Porter in a helmet to take away his "humanity."

While in class, I realized how these uniforms made us "faceless." I'll put Porter in a helmet to take away his "humanity."

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This represents Laertes and Colonius' plan to murder Hamlet by putting poison on the tip of the fencing sword to make it look like an accident.

This represents Laertes and Colonius' plan to murder Hamlet by putting poison on the tip of the fencing sword to make it look like an accident.

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Foiled practice rapier and dagger.  Along side a rapier that is circa 1590.
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Silver Roumanie (left) against Tatiana Logunova (I think), at the 2012 European Fencing Championships!

Silver Roumanie (left) against Tatiana Logunova (I think), at the 2012 European Fencing Championships!

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Overhead action shot of women's sabre - left-handed vs. right-handed fencers.
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