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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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  • Stage Combat Rapier

    Stage combat rapiers have to meet different requirements from battle-ready rapiers. In order to minimize the risk of injury from cuts and thrusts during stage combat with fencing weapons, this silver stage combat rapier has back edges that are at least 3 mm thick everywhere and it even has a flattened point. It weighs a little less than a kilogram, so our silver stage combat rapier is light and highly manageable. Good balance is not the only characteristic that makes this stage combat rapier manageable – its grip is also very important. Because it is wrapped with both smooth and braided silver-coloured wire, it is especially comfortable to grasp. The delicate knuckle bow and finger guard give this stage combat rapier a graceful, romantic look and also provide finger protection when a technique requires them to be placed above the crossguard. It includes a leather scabbard with a silver-coloured mount and chape.

    Total length: 109 cm
    Blade length: 92.5 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 0.96 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 3.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 1.7 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardLeather, Wood, Steel

    All sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £149.17 Incl. Tax: £179.00

  • Munich Town Watch Rapier

    Our Munich Town Watch Rapier has a relatively wide blade, which makes it ideal for both functions. It is a replica of a rapier type found in many museums today: in the Munich Armory, the Bavarian Army Museum in Ingolstadt, Germany or catalogue number A612 in the Wallace Collection, for example. Made around 1600, this rapier has a strong, tapering blade hand forged from carbon steel with a narrow ricasso inside the finger ring. Its elegant complex basket has side guard rings and a knuckle bow. The hardwood grip is elaborately wrapped with iron wire with braided wire at the ends. A riveted pommel shaped like a flattened ball completes the hilt. This Munich Town Watch Rapier includes a black leather scabbard with a mount and chape.

    Total length: 100.5 cm
    Blade length: 83.5 cm
    Grip length: 8.5 cm
    Weight: 1.56 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 3.7 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.7 mm
    Blade width (base): 4.2 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 2.7 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 6 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 31.5 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £165.83 Incl. Tax: £199.00

  • Deschaux Rapier

    A weapon unequalled in elegance and grace: the classic French rapier. The slender, double-edged blade determines the character of this classic rapier, whose ricasso elegantly becomes narrower inside the basket. But the complex basket with its sweeping finger guard is not the only special feature this classic rapier has to offer: the grip is bordered by braided steel wire on both sides. The grip itself is made of horn wrapped with golden wire for a stunning effect. When used with a French parrying dagger, this classic rapier forms part of a deadly set that was especially appreciated by duellists. Our classic French rapier comes with its own scabbard.

    Total length: 116 cm
    Blade length: 99 cm
    Grip length: 8 cm
    Weight: 1.14 kg
    Blade thickness (base, outside basket): 4.7 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.1 mm
    Blade width (base, outside basket): 2 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 1.4 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 6 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 20 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £153.45 Incl. Tax: £184.14

  • Stage Combat Rapier - Brass

    Stage combat rapiers have to meet different requirements than battle-ready rapiers do. In order to minimize the risk of injury from cuts and thrusts during stage combat with fencing weapons, this golden stage combat rapier has back edges that are at least 3 mm thick everywhere and it even has a flattened point.

    It only weighs a little over a kilogram, so our golden stage combat rapier is light and highly manageable. Good balance is not the only characteristic that makes this stage combat rapier manageable – its grip is also very important. Because it is wrapped with both smooth and braided golden wire, it is especially comfortable to grasp. The delicate knuckle bow and finger guard give this rapier a graceful, romantic look and also provide finger protection when a technique requires them to be placed above the crossguard. The pommel is bolted on. Of course this golden stage combat rapier comes with a leather scabbard with a golden mount and chape.

    Total length: 108 cm
    Blade length: 92 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 1.08 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 3.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 1.6 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 9 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardLeather, Wood, Brass

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

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    Excl. Tax: £161.88 Incl. Tax: £194.26

  • The Christus Imperat Rapier

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    A rapier of this identical form and proportions is currently housed in The Royal Armouries (formerly the Tower of London). The flamboyantly formed hilt is both beautiful and functional. Its’ forward plates are pierced and show lavish birds among foliage, while the bars of the guard are slender both defending the hand and having an upward loop to catch an opponent’s blade. The heavy pommel allows for a more balanced feel for fighting. The blade is etched on both sides of the ricasso with the Latin phrase CHRISTUS IMPERAT which means “Christ Commands.”

    Overall Length: 119cm
    Blade Length: 103cm
    Blade Width: 2.5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.48cm
    Weight: 1361g
    Grip Length: 8.9cm
    Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardLeather, Wood, Steel

    All sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £201.67 Incl. Tax: £242.00

  • Brandenburg Rapier

    This stunning rapier has an expertly crafted swept & twisted metal basket. The heavily carved horn grip mimics the elegantly twisted metal of the hilt and is hand wound and inset with a single steel accent wire that provides an excellent grip while duelling. Better yet was the aristocratic, dashing look it gave the wearer while rakishly hanging from the belt. Hand forged high carbon steel blade with flattened oval cross section. Extended, custom engraved ricasso for strength.

    Includes leather scabbard with twisted metal accents completing this magnificent and fast rapier.

    Overall Length: 112cm
    Blade Length: 95cm
    Blade Width: 2cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.5cm
    Weight: 1247g
    Grip Length: 9cm
    Material: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt

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

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    Excl. Tax: £193.33 Incl. Tax: £232.00

  • Wooden Medieval Dagger (Waster)

    PLEASE NOTE THAT NO GUARANTEE IS OFFERED WITH THIS PRODUCT. IF YOUR WASTER BREAKS NO REPLACEMENT WILL BE OFFERED AS THE MANUFACTURER WILL NOT SUPPLY US WITH A REPLACEMENT.

    The advantages of this two-handed training dagger made of wood are obvious. On the one hand, the risk of injury is significantly lower. On the other, this dagger can withstand hard blows while your valuable steel dagger is safe at home. Of course, even outstanding hardwood is not indestructible and can break along the grain, but this medieval training dagger should be your first choice for practising. The wheel pommel and crossguard are made of darker wood, just like daggers used from the 12th to 15th century.

    Total length: 44.5 cm
    Blade length: 30 cm
    Grip length: 8 cm
    Weight: 130g
    Point of Balance (PoB): 3.5 cm

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

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    Excl. Tax: £20.83 Incl. Tax: £25.00

  • Wooden Roman Gladius (Rudis)

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    PLEASE NOTE: NO WARRANTY IS OFFERED WITH THIS PRODUCT. IF YOUR WASTER BREAKS, NO REPLACEMENT WILL BE OFFERED AS THE MANUFACTURER WILL NOT SUPPLY US WITH A REPLACEMENT. IF YOU WANT A MORE DURABLE WASTER PLEASE PURCHASE OUR SYNTHETIC SPARRING SWORDS.

    The gladius was the sword of choice for the Roman legions, and many gladiators also chose to use the double-edged sword when they were fighting for their freedom and lives in the Colosseum.After a gladiator in ancient Rome had won his freedom, he was awarded a wooden gladius like this one, called a Rudis, as a symbol of his freedom. Our Rudis is a great retirement gift for military personnel or police officers.

    Our training gladius is based on the classic Roman gladius and made entirely of hardwood. The pommel and guard are darker for visual interest. If you plan to use this wooden gladius as a training sword, be careful: the blade is made of wood but it does have a sharp point.

    Overall Length: 69cm
    Blade Length: 51cm 
    Blade Width: 4.5cm
    Blade Thickness: 1.6cm
    Weight: 340g

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

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    Excl. Tax: £29.83 Incl. Tax: £35.80

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