Banned Fencing Gear

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Fencing gear that has been banned for one reason or another.

Foil
Epee
Non-electric glove

STANDARD NON-ELECTRIC GLOVE

This can be used for foil and epee. You cannot compete in sabre with this glove.

banned in sabre by the FIE (2015)
banned in sabre by USA Fencing (2015)

foil
Sabre
Curly Mask Cord

CURLY STYLE MASK CORD

This is harder to break but harder to fix. Has the potential to spring back and smack you in the face.

BANNED BY THE FIE (2014)

Foil
Epee
Sabre
Visor Mask

VISOR MASK

The visor mask has a section of mesh replaced with a lexan visor. While initially produced for all three weapons, it was most commonly seen in sabre (as it was briefly required for all FIE sabre events). Due to safety concerns, it is now illegal in all three weapons at any competition.

banned in foil and epee by the FIE (2010)
banned in sabre by the FIE (2014)
banned in foil and epee by USA fencing (2010)
Banned in Sabre by USA fencing (2014)

Foil
Sabre
Leon Paul Bayonet Body Cord

LEON PAUL STYLE
BAYONET BODY CORD

Bayonet style body cords have a push and twist locking mechanism. Due to variations in tolerances among brands, bayonet-style cords work best when the socket and plug are of the same brand.

This is banned by the FIE (2015)

Foil
Sabre
Italian Bayonet Body Cord

ITALIAN STYLE
BAYONET BODY CORD

Italian Style bayonet cords have a different push and twist locking mechanism that is bulkier, but sturdier. These are not interchangeable with the Leon Paul style bayonet cords.

This is banned by the fie (2015)