Are you sure you are not being a little hasty?
Many of us have suffered from tendonitis. I guess your are talking about tennis elbow? A few months off and it will get better and you can try again ?
No, i took up fencing, but after about 6 months of arm problems quack said i had tendonitis (probably as a result of rock climbing for years). so reluctantly knocked it on the head (club costs a bit rich for me as well.
Dug sabre out of cupboard, barely used, plus duellist case. Glove a bit grubby. Traditional foil handle, guard, and pommel. Found one book, foil fencing by jes smith. A bargain really.