The electric epee was introduced in 1933. By 1949 use of the electric epee had become the standard equipment at all major competitions. The epee itself, however, had not yet become what we see today. Looking at this figure from the December 1949 issue of American Fencing current fencers will notice a few peculiarities when compared to the current equipment.
“Double Touches” in epee were once again counted after a trial period where they were annulled. With their return the lockout time was changed to one twenty-fifth of a second from the previous one fifteenth.