Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Fencing Fact: 1
there is a type of fencing mask that has some kind of really strong plastic in front of the eyes instead of the standard mesh. (pointless because the mesh is actually easy to see through, i can clearly see my opponents face through both our masks) this type of mask has actually been banned because all but one of the company's that manufacture them have made so kind of production screw up which makes it possible for a foil to punch through the plastic, and according to my coach it had resulted in a fatality hence the ban. the foil apparently broke through the mask and went through fencers eye into the brain killing him. similar to another famous fatality were the mesh mask (before proper production standards) was broken through by a foil and again went through the eye into the brain killing the fencer.