Épée

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Épée

 

a fencing weapon consisting of a flexible steel blade with a protective guard and handle. The blade has a three-sided section (the maximum width of a side is 24 mm) that grows thinner toward the point, where there is a tip with a movable electrical contact. The overall length is no more than 110 cm (the blade itself is no longer than 90 cm), the diameter of the guard is 135 mm, and the weight ranges up to 770 g. Only men engage in fencing competition with the épée.

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