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)
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...
Deschaux Fencing Rapier Swords for sale are 46 inches in all. The Deschaux Fencing Rapier Swords are a beautiful Renaissance fencing sword with a traditional three ringed swept hilt and rapier blade. These swords have a 39 inch high carbon steel blade that is ¾ inch wide and 3/16th of an inch thick. These Deschaux Fencing Rapier Swords are based upon the design of real Renaissance fencing swords that were used around the latter part of the 16th Century.