How to Fence : What are the Different Parts of a Fencing Sword?

How to Fence : What are the Different Parts of a Fencing Sword?


Hi my name is Brad Bogus. Alright next I’m
going to show you the weapon. I’m going to show you all the parts and guide you through
the basic fundamentals of what the weapon looks like. Like I said, there are 3 different
weapons and with each of them associated a style. The one I’m showing you is foil and
this is what it looks like, it looks like your basic sword, very slender blade and very
flexible, that’s extremely important in fencing. Right here where it bends that’s
known as the foil it’s the most flexible and most pliable part of the blade. You move
closer to the end and you have the forte, it’s strong and not as bendable, this is
where you get most of your control right here. The back part is known as the hilt, starting
with the bell guard, the bell guard is known as such because its round and makes kind of
a bell sound, as you can see, protects my hand from any sword puncturing it in any way.
Right here we have the grip, now the grip can be tricky because there are two basic
types of grip. There’s a French grip which looks like a long slender handle, has a strong
hump on the back which is a weight that keeps the sword distributed evenly and then there’s
a pistol grip which is what this is. As you can see the pistol grip looks kind of like
a pistol, it has a handle has what you would call a barrel and I guess you would call this
the hammer, right? There are lots of different types of pistol grips depending on which region
they were created in, there’s a German pistol grip, a Belgium, a Spanish, an Italian, this
one’s a German and they’re all basically the same, the only difference is the degree
in angle of the handle and what not. On the inside, you’ll see a little padded piece;
this protects your fingers from jamming up against the metal on the inside of the bell
guard. On this side we have what’s called a bayonet, it’s generally a two prong piece
that you stick two electrical pieces of metal into that are connected to a wire which goes
down the length of your shirt and into a box that registers points. Now it’s all electrical,
but as I said, you plug in here it’s connected to the wire which runs down the length of
the blade all the way to the tip. Now with this fencing foil, I’m showing you an electric
competitive foil. And if you’re using a practice foil, you won’t have a tip like
this, you’ll have generally a rubber piece called a button on the end, but this one is
an electrical competitive foil. You’ll see a tip, it depresses very slightly and once
it does that, and it makes a connection with the labaj, the metal piece that most fencers
wear, it creates a circuit and registers a point in the box. That’s the basic fundamentals
of the weapon; next I’m going to show you some of the basic foot work in fencing.

6 Replies to “How to Fence : What are the Different Parts of a Fencing Sword?”

  1. It's not a Viscaunti. Viscaunti grips are slightly wider and have more pronounced 'fingerholds' or whatever you'd call them.

  2. wow good job, you called a person a faggot. i bet you feel like such a big person now. next you will be saying fuck and bitch "im a big boy now"

    he is not ruining the sport, anyone that knows better just knows that he is wrong and people that don't know better will learn when they get into the sport.

  3. @captachaos everybody uses pistol grip in internationals and higher level fencing. But to start off its better to use French grip

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