Faq II: Equipment & Maintenance:
2.11 Body Wires
The primary question with foil and sabre body wires is bayonet
vs. two-prong. They are equally functional; the primary
difference is in cost and maintenance. Two-prong is a simpler
design, and usually less expensive, but also has a reputation for
being less reliable (depending on the brand). Naturally choice
of body wire also determines the choice of weapon socket (or vice
versa). One of the primary considerations in deciding which
format to go with should be the prevalent format in your club or
region. Going with the local favourite will make it easier to
borrow weapons or wires when yours fails.
Epee body wires are all of the same basic 3-prong design. Some
(French) deisgns have metal sheaths on the prongs that can
accumulate grime underneath them over the years. If not cleaned,
the dirt can break the circuit at inopportune times.
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