Which weapon was formerly used in Europe at the fencing sparrings?

épée
foil
sabre
rapier
Foil with its stipulated rules (such as priority of attack) was the only weapon used at sparrings. At the same time, in real duels an épée was used, and no such rules were observed. Hence, an experienced fencer could lose his life to a relatively weak opponent.
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Answers by country

épée
foil
sabre
rapier
answers
flagAustralia
31%
50%
6%
12%
16
flagGermany
25%
37%
7%
29%
27
flagthe United Kingdom
32%
32%
5%
29%
34
flagthe United States
19%
30%
16%
33%
36
flagPoland
30%
29%
13%
26%
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