Epee was developed to as closely as possible mirror a duel, whilst this is debatable the conditions required for this have made Epee fencing into an increasingly popular weapon due to the simplicity of the rules and the high level of skill required.
The Epee target is the whole body and any hit registered (except on the floor) counts. If both fencers hit simultaneously both are awarded a hit. This makes Epee the simplist of the three weapons for spectators to follow.
A hit occurs when 750 grammes of pressure are exerted on the tip of the weapon which pushes the switch on the end and creates a circuit. The recording apparatus then shows a light and sounds a buzzer to alert the referee that a hit has been scored.