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    Default The Forum Fencing Guide

    To help you get started here is a glossary of basic terms that relate to equipment in no particular order:

    350 Newton:
    Sometimes written as 350N this is the short term for the CEN European level 1 standard of protective clothing for fencing. It means that the clothing has been tested to withstand at least 350 Newtons of force and complies with European safety regulations. All of the protective equipment that we make is at least 350 Newtons.

    800 Newton:
    This is also sometimes referred to as 800N or FIE (see below for a definition) and means that the clothing has been tested to CEN level 2. 800 Newton or FIE clothing is even stronger than 350 Newton clothing and is mandatory for international events such as A grades, Grand Prix, world Championships and the Olympics.

    FIE: (Federation Internationale d'Escrime)
    This is the international governing body for the sport. The term FIE is also used to describe 800 Newton or CEN level two clothing and maraging (see below) blades.

    Electric or non Electric:
    This refers to whether or not an item is suitable for fencing with an electric scoring apparatus.

    Pronounced La-may not lame (as in duck)! This is the conductive over jacket that is used for electric scoring in both Foil and Sabre.

    This is worn under your jacket on your sword arm and gives extra protection to the most commonly hit part of your target area. Also sometimes called an underarm protector in America.

    This is the name given to the short trousers worn to just below the knee.

    This is the name of the type of steel most commonly used in FIE weapons. FIE blades are tested to withstand a very high number of bending cycles so they break less often but are more expensive than standard blades.

    This connects your electric weapon to the scoring apparatus and is worn under your jacket.
    Last edited by kingkenny; -19th November 2009 at 07:40.
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    see also:

    aimed at schools and younger fencers.

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    Struggling to find anywhere appropriate to post.. but im new here and cant start a new thread to do a member introduction or post a question etc. Can anyone advise? Sorry for posting here...

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