An epee is a special sword that fencers use. The blade of an epee is heavier and stiffer than those of other types of fencing swords. Use your epee with caution!
Epee comes from the French épée, or "sword," and the sword itself is a descendent of the 19th century fighting weapon called the Épée de Combat. These original epees ended in sharp points, while a sport fencer's epee is blunt. In fencing, there are three weapons, including the foil and sabre. When using an epee, fencers can use the opponent's entire body as a target — each "touch" is registered as a point.
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