If you take it literally sabre is the oldest way of sword dueling. It is modified modern version of past slashing cavalry sword.
- Like epee, Sabre weapon also has hand protection but molded as bell guard.
- A socket for body wire is found underneath the bell guard
- The entire standard weapon is about 41 inches and of maximum weight of 500g.
- It is shorter than foil and epee and lighter than the epee
The target area of Sabre weapon –
- The major difference is that sabre is a thrusting weapon as well as a cutting weapon. Which means you can not only use tip to score but the entire blade can be used to score.
- The target area is from the bend of the hips, both front and back, to the top of the head.
- Notice that Head and body above hips is part of the target area. This is what makes it very similar to cavalry rider on a horse.
Blade and its networking with uniform and scoring on the machine –
- The fencer’s uniform includes a metallic jacket which is called lame
- This covers the target area to register a valid touch on the scoring machine
- Since the head is part of the valid target area, the mask is different from foil and epee, with a metallic covering
- Just as in foil, there are two scoring lights on the machine. One shows a green light when a fencer is hit, and one shows a red light when the opponent has hit. Off-target hits do not register on the machine.