Epee is the modern day successor of rapier fencing.  The sword is comparatively heavy, with a bell guard that will cover the whole hand when held correctly. Unlike foil or sabre, epee has no rules regarding right of way or restricted target area – if your blade hits your opponent you gain a point. However this lack of right of way also means that it is possible for double hits to occur.  As the foot and lower leg are valid target floor hits do occur and so at higher level competition there is a metallic piste that prevents these hits from registering.

Like foil, epee is characterised by frequent and rapid changes of pace, however due to the absence of rules regarding right of way there is an emphasis on attacks on the blade- i.e. those which remove an opponents blade from consideration to enable the hit.