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)

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...

How to Make a Fake Fencing Sword | eHow | eHow

How to Make a Fake Fencing Sword | eHow | eHow

Spanish Decrotive Fencing Sword (Made in Spain)

Spanish Decrotive Fencing Sword (Made in Spain)

Modern Olympic-style fencing swords (From bottom) the foil-created to be a practice weapon for the small sword, or rapier, the epee- a decedent of the  17th and 18th century rapier and small sword (both thrusting weapons), the saber-a decendant of 18th and 19th century military sabers, designed to both cut and thrust, and historically used on horseback.

Modern Olympic-style fencing swords (From bottom) the foil-created to be a practice weapon for the small sword, or rapier, the epee- a decedent of the 17th and 18th century rapier and small sword (both thrusting weapons), the saber-a decendant of 18th and 19th century military sabers, designed to both cut and thrust, and historically used on horseback.

The 3 sport fencing swords. Opinions vary on the uses (when & why) for the pistol grips. Personally, I believe a student should use a French grip until finger/wrist technique is accomplished and then educated choices may be made. But the advantages of the pistol grip cannot be denied...

The 3 sport fencing swords. Opinions vary on the uses (when & why) for the pistol grips. Personally, I believe a student should use a French grip until finger/wrist technique is accomplished and then educated choices may be made. But the advantages of the pistol grip cannot be denied...

RARE-INTERNATIONAL-TOURNAMENT-IN-SOFIA-BULGARIA-FENCING-SWORD-1988-PIN-BADGE

RARE-INTERNATIONAL-TOURNAMENT-IN-SOFIA-BULGARIA-FENCING-SWORD-1988-PIN-BADGE

this is maybe the coolest thing I've ever seen. Un Duel au Sabre entre Femmes (a sword fight between women). So great.

this is maybe the coolest thing I've ever seen. Un Duel au Sabre entre Femmes (a sword fight between women). So great.

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