Leon Paul Sponsored sabre fencers Mariel Zagunis (Olympic Gold medalist) and Rebecca Ward (World Champion)

Sabre is a both a cutting and thrusting weapon. The weapon weighs no more than 500 grams, with a maximum length of 105 cm. The valid target area is the whole body above the waistline, including arms and mask. In electric Sabre, the target area is covered by a metallic jacket, with the electrically conductive mask connected to the jacket. A hit on the valid target area causes a colored lamp to light on the registering apparatus. Sabre fencing evolved from cavalry swordsmanship where opponents were fighting on horseback. The opponent's body above the saddle was most vulnerable, and evolved into the "valid" target area.


sabre parts

Inside guard socket


Mounting a sabre from scratch

A set is put on a blade before mounting. This set brings the tip of the blade more centrally towards the target when you are standing en garde. This is done by placing the tang of the blade in a vise and pulling gently on the forte (the thicker end of the blade just above the tang) of the blade. A set should be down and to the left for a right handed fencer; down and to the right for a left handed fencer. The set shown here is a standard set of about 7-9 degrees; a heavy set is bent more, a light set is less. 6
After setting the blade, lock the blade in a vise with the tang vertical. Slide on the guard . 1
Slide on the inside-guard saber socket. 4
Install the handle. 3
Place the rear portion of the guard onto the tang of the blade. It is easy to bend the guard so that it sits near the tang itself. 2
Now screw on the pommel and tighten it using the vise. 5