The epee is similar to the foil, except that it has a triangular blade instead, and is slightly heavier with a maximum weight of 770 grams, although most fencers tend to use lighter epee blades. The hand guard is also larger than that in foil weapons.

Similarly, touches are only scored using the tip of the blade. However, the entire body is available as a target, including the head and limbs. Another difference in epee fencing is that fencers not only have to make a hit in the target area, but the fencer also has to ensure a minimum impact is inflicted before the score is awarded. This impact force is usually 7.4 Newtons. The right-of-way rule does not apply to epee fencing, meaning that whichever fencer executes a hit with the minimum impact required first, then the point will be awarded to that fencer.