I was re-reading Imre Vass's tome "Epee Fencing: A complete System" and ran across a curious statement that I may be mis-interpretting. But on page 28 of my copy, under fundamentals (I may have missed this in my first read) talking about positioning the blade in the on guard position to protect the forearm I find "When mounting the blade, it should be slightly bent at the section in front of the guard so that it is sunk to the depth of the lower edge of the guard. In the on-guard position the point should incline inward at an angle of 45 degrees, pointing to the opponent's wrist." Question: is my interpretation that he is saying the tang is to be bent 45 degrees correct? If correct this seems extreme as I don't think I've ever run across a blade with this much angulation in the tang/blade plane. Most that I've seen are 15-30 degrees max. I could understand the blade being held at a 45 degree position but am questioning such an amount of angulation being set in the blade itself. Any comments or thoughts?