Female fencer holding fencing foil - photographer: Buero Monaco. For more information on the different types of fencing weapons visit this page http://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/fencing-rules-for-novice-parents-differences-for-foil-epee-and-sabre/ . This is a fencing foil, both according to the photographer and the referenced site.
Fencing - London, 2012. I must say that fencing has become more of an "airborne" sport than was practiced when I was in my prime with the Italian foil. (I won a gold medal in a NY competition.) My father put an Italian foil in my hand at age 7 & told me that I was going to learn to fence! Period. This "flying through the air" was never seen at matches in my day. The balestra lunge was considered "flashy" & boy, was your face red when it backfired!