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In the Olympic Games, the foil, the épée and the saber are used by both men and women.
fencing weapons [2] parts of the weapon guard button blade handle mounting medium forte foible pommel

parts of the weapon click to hear

Weapons can be thrusting (touch made with the tip of the blade), cutting (with the blade) or slicing (with the back edge).

guard click to hear

Metal rounded part that protects the armed hand during a match.

button click to hear

Bulbous end of the blade; with electric weapons, the button triggers the switch of the electric apparatus when it makes a valid touch.

blade click to hear

Hitting part of the weapon; measuring about 3 feet, it is made of flexible metal and is thin and tapered.

handle click to hear

Wood, metal or plastic part for holding and wielding the weapon.

mounting click to hear

Part of the weapon to which the blade is attached.

medium click to hear

Part of the blade between the forte and the foible.

forte click to hear

Thickest part of the blade, near the guard.

foible click to hear

Thinnest part of the blade, up to its end.

pommel click to hear

Metal knob at the end of the handle to balance the weapon.