OK, so epee is epee but what about sabre? Well, many people will start off by saying that sabre is the complete opposite of epee while foil resides in between the two which is pretty correct.
Sabre doesn't require you to press in the tip to register a hit, instead anytime you touch the opponent's electrical jacket (the target area) with any part of your blade, the machine will automatically register it. However, this weapon DOES require the priority system.
Here it is in simple terms:
When there is ever only one hit registered, that is to say, whenever only one fencer hits the other, then the point will automatically go to that person (the attacker). However, when both fencers hit the other, points CANNOT be awarded to both players. Instead, the referee must determine who had PRIORITY.
You have priority (in sabre) if you were clearly attacking, that is: extending forwards your arm and making forward attacking footwork, while the opponent clearly was not doing the same thing, or was moving backwards.
You have priority if your opponent attacked you but then you BLOCKED (parried) their blade and then you hit them. So, if you parry and then you BOTH hit each other, the point will go to YOU.
This is the basic gist of how sabre fencing works.
Anyway, whats my opinion??
Sabre is very fast paced and the "slashing" movements make it look quite exciting, especially to non-fencers. However, the quickness and subtleties to it make it hard to make out what's going on sometimes :-/ Because of this, I kind of think it's based on luck!!! Anyway, I defnitly like it better than epee, so whatever! I fence it sometimes when I'm bored. Any sabre fencers with some opinion on this???