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HEMA

HEMA is an acronym for Historical European Martial Arts. The term encompasses a varied range of European fighting arts from Harnessfecten (fighting in armour) to Glima (Viking wrestling).  The Knight Shop offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of HEMA equipment for sale in the UK. We are specialists in this market and have a dedicated web store www.thehemashop.com

We even manufacture our own line of HEMA equipment! Our range of Red Dragon Armoury Synthetic Sparring Swords, Fencing Masks, Weapon Sparring Gloves, Throat Protectors, Groin Guards and Kit Bags can be purchased from retailers all over the planet.

We are the UK’s leading retailer of SPES protective equipment and hold large stocks of their products. We stock a range of federschwert, bucklers, rapiers, sabres, padded practice swords, wooden and nylon wasters, daggers, books, DVDs - basically everything you will ever need to get you into HEMA!

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  • Club Sport Federschwert

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    The Kingston Arms Sport Feder is ideal for clubs, beginners and even seasoned practitioners that want a light, fast, safe and affordable sparring sword for HEMA longsword sparring. This federschwert was designed to be safe in the thrust by flexing in the last third of the blade while keeping the rest of the sword stiff in the bind. The tip is slightly flared in thickness as well and can be used as it is with proper equipment or fitted with a leather mask or plastic tip for an added degree of safety. 

    Other features include a ramped thumb guard, allowing easy placement of a gloved thumb onto and off the blade during guard transitions. The pommel is indexed to the flat of the blade, making it second nature to distinguish proper edge alignment with the rearward hand. The wood core grip is in a well rounded rectangular cross section and tightly bound with an overwrap of cord to provide a firm grip.

    Overall Length: 131cm
    Blade Length: 97cm
    Handle Length: 28cm
    Weight: 1389g
    Point of Balance: 8cm (at schilt)
    Blade: 9260 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Not Included

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £142.50 Incl. Tax: £171.00

  • Kingston Arms Federschwert

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    Based on a period original fencing sword now located in Switzerland, the Kingston Arms Federschwert is a well updated version of the feder originally offered by Hanwei in 2010. This sword now features a much more robust blade from tang to tip as well as a tougher cord wrapped grip. In our testing, it holds up well to paired drilling as well as more spirited free play sessions. Re-developed in conjunction with several HEMA groups around the US this updated Federschwert provides an affordable and reliable training sword for longsword fencing practice.

    Overall: 129.54cm
    Blade Length: 96.52cm
    Handle Length: 31.75cm
    Weight: 1672g
    Point of Balance: 9cm
    Thickness at Guard: 8mm
    Thickness at Tip: 2.5mm
    Blade Steel: 5160
    Handle Material: Cord

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £162.50 Incl. Tax: £195.00

  • Red Dragon Stage Combat Sabre

    Our Red Dragon Stage Combat Sabre is the perfect starter weapon for stage combat and theatrical work. The durable bowl style hilt protects the hands from stray blows, whilst the flexible high carbon steel blade features a rolled tip for added safety. The blade can be removed easily by unscrewing the pommel, great for transportation or maintenance.

    Total length: 103cm
    Blade length: 87cm
    Grip length: 13cm
    Weight: 296g
    Blade thickness (base): 0.7cm
    Blade width (base): 1.1cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 10cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    Scabbard: Not Included

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £49.17 Incl. Tax: £59.00

  • Red Dragon Combat - Hand and a Half Sword

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    Our Red Dragon swords feature high carbon EN42J Spring Steel blades that have been forged and tempered to perform like their historical counterparts. They have a core hardness of 45HRC approx. with an edge hardness of 50HRC approx. The hilts feature authentically styled forged guards and pommels constructed from steel, and wooden grips that are masterfully wrapped in leather cord for an aesthetic yet comfortable finish. They come complete with leather wrapped wooden scabbards and authentically styled integrated leather belts.

    Overall Length: 113cm
    Blade Length: 89.5cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.5cm
    Guard Width: 21.3cm
    Point of Balance: 18cm
    Weight: 1364g
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Leather Grip
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Wood, leather, steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £125.00 Incl. Tax: £150.00

  • Red Dragon HEMA Synthetic Sparring Cutlass

    Our Red Dragon HEMA Synthetic Sparring Arming Sword is designed for the rigours of the HEMA salle and is practically unbreakable. Its combination of durability and value for money make it a popular choice for HEMA schools around the globe. It comes in modular form with many options for customisation and is perfect for beginners.

    Our synthetic swords are also great for film and theatrical use, being cheaper and requiring a lot less maintenance than their steel or aluminium counterparts. 

    Blade Length: 76cm 
    Guard Length:  14.5cm 
    Grip Length: 11.5cm 
    Pommel Length: 3.5cm
    Hilt Length:  16cm 
    Total Length: 94cm
    Total Weight: 638g 
    POB: 14cm 
    Material: Plastic, Steel, Brass

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece

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    Excl. Tax: £39.17 Incl. Tax: £47.00

  • Tourney Hand-and-a-Half Knightly Sword

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    Our Tourney Series Medieval Sparring Swords from Kingston Arms will set a new standard at this price point of re-enactment weaponry. Features like thru-tang handle construction, peened thru-tang stainless steel pommel and guard, 2mm rounded edge thickness make these brutal weapons on the battlefield. The cord wrapped leather grip feels exceptional in the hand with an oval cross section and slight barrel shape to keep fatigue at bay. The grip is large enough to accommodate armoured hands. A respectable fuller runs the length of the blade to lighten and counter balance the sword overall. A wood core and leather wrapped scabbard tipped with a stainless chape comes with each sword.

    Total length: 105cm
    Blade length: 83cm
    Grip length: 15cm
    Weight: 1559g
    Point of Balance (PoB): 10cm
    Blade: 9260 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £147.00 Incl. Tax: £176.40

  • Tourney Arming Sword

    Blunt Single Hand Sword for re-enactment and stage combat. Our Tourney Series Sparring and Stage Swords will set a new standard in this price point of re-enactment weaponry. Features like thru-tang handle construction, peened stainless steel pommel and guard and 2mm rounded edge thickness

    The cord wrapped leather grip has an oval cross section and slight barrel shape to keep fatigue at bay. The grip is large enough to accommodate armoured hands. A respectable fuller runs the length of both pieces to lighten and counter balance the sword overall. The blade is forged from 9260 high carbon spring steel and is tempered to around 50 Hrc. The sword is supplied with a wood core and leather wrapped scabbard. The guard features the King-Peen system. King-Peen is essentially a steel tab on the guard under the grip that is pinned through the tang of the sword. This process keeps the guard from going loose after a lengthy campaign without compromising the strength of the hilt. The pommel is pressed into place and hot peened. Combine these two processes and you get a sword that rings like a bell when struck.

    Overall Length: 94cm
    Blade Length: 76cm
    Handle Length: 11.4cm
    Weight: 1445g
    Point of Balance: 7.6cm
    Blade:  9260 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £136.71 Incl. Tax: £164.05

  • Battlecry Tourney Viking Sword

    Our Tourney Series Sparring and Stage Swords will set a new standard in this price point of re-enactment weaponry. Features like thru-tang handle construction, peened stainless steel pommel and guard and 2mm rounded edge thickness. 

    The cord wrapped leather grip feels exceptional in the hand with an oval cross section and slight barrel shape to keep fatigue at bay. The grip is large enough to accommodate armoured hands. A respectable fuller runs the length of the blade to lighten and counter balance the sword overall. The blade is forged from 9260 spring steel and is tempered to around 50 Hrc. A wood core and leather wrapped scabbard tipped with a stainless chape comes with each sword. The guard needs special mention, featuring the King-Peen system. King-Peen is essentially a steel tab on the guard under the grip that is pinned through the tang of the sword. This process keeps the guard from working loose without compromising the strength of the hilt. The pommel is pressed into place and hot peened. 

    Overall Length: 93cm
    Blade Length: 76cm
    Handle Length: 11cm
    Weight: 1417g
    Blade: 9260 Spring Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardWood, Leather

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £136.71 Incl. Tax: £164.05

  • Beowulf “Damascus Steel” Seax

    Our Beowulf “Damascus Steel” Seax is a weapon truly worthy of the heroes of the epic sagas of old! No man or monster would be safe for the powerful slashing blows of the seax’s pattern welded blade! This blade was formed by twisting bars of steel around each other, welding the bars together by hammering and then repeating the process to create this distinct chevron pattern. Pattern welded swords reflected the high status of those who wielded them and the famous Ulfberht swords were some of the most prized possessions of the Viking era. The hilt features decorative brass fittings and an oiled wooden grip. The well-made brown leather sheath is stitched and then reinforced by attractive copper rivets and features 2 belt loops allowing it to be horizontally suspended from a belt.

    Overall Length: 62cm
    Blade Length:
    43.5cm
    Blade Width: 3cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.6cm
    Point of Balance: 26.5cm
    Weight: 600g
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Wooden Grip
    Edge: Blunt - 1.5mm
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Regular Price: £219.00

    Special Price Excl. Tax: £109.50 Incl. Tax: £131.40

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