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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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  • Red Dragon HEMA Steel Starter Set

    Our HEMA Steel Starter set is perfect for new students starting out in HEMA. Consisting of a Red Dragon 350N HEMA Fencing Mask and HEMA Sparring Longsword (Federschwert), this one-time offer is available at an unbeatable price whilst stocks last. Be quick, once they are gone, they’re gone!

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    Excl. Tax: £145.83 Incl. Tax: £175.00

  • HEMA Sparring Longsword (Federschwert)

    Red Dragon has been working on the concept of a fully customisable federschwert for years. This is no easy task but we are almost there! The federschwert will incorporate a range of different pommels, guards, grips and blades - all interchangeable by simply unscrewing the pommel.

    The Red Dragon HEMA Concepts Feder has been launched to test how these concepts work on a mass-produced scale. They are manufactured by a military spec. sword manufacturer in Europe and the quality of the blades reflect their expertise in this field. The tempered high carbon steel blades represent a harmonious balance between stiffness and flexibility, perfect for both drilling and sparring. The fattened, square tips are modelled on those of the late 19th-century practice sabres and are much safer and forgiving than rolled tips. (Fatter tips are planned on future models).

    Are the Feders as perfect as we are aiming for? No. There are many trade-offs when trying to produce a fully customisable sword. But we are almost there and this is reflected in the price. You may find the guards are a little bit loose. This would be an easy fix on a peened blade with a little epoxy and/or fishing wire. But we have designed these swords to be easily dismantled so that wasn’t an option. Of course, it is certainly an easy fix if you have no plans to dismantle the hilt!

    A great sword at a great price – whilst stocks last…

    Total length: 128 cm
    Blade length: 101.5 cm
    Grip length: 18.5 cm
    Weight: 1.33 kg
    Blade thickness (tip): 5.8 mm
    Blade width (tip): 0.95 cm
    Blade thickness (base): 5.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 3.8 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 8 cm
    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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    Regular Price: £250.00

    Special Price Excl. Tax: £145.83 Incl. Tax: £175.00

    As low as: £150.00

  • 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

  • Practical Cup Hilt Rapier

    Fencing in the Renaissance style plays a prominent part in historical re-enactment, combining the quickness of light blades with the structure and spirit of the duel. Designed for the rapier fencer with a preference for the cup-hilt style who wishes to spar in safety, This Paul Chen  Practical Cup-Hilt Rapier from Hanwei fits the bill perfectly. The rapier blade is similar in design to the practical blades for the swept-hilts but the length of the tang is adapted to the cup-hilt. The Hanwei SH2262 Main Gauche matches this rapier.

    Overall Length: 113cm
    Blade Length: 94cm
    Weight: 0.91kg
    Point of Balance: 14cm
    Point of Harmonics: 51cm
    Width at Guard: 1.9cm
    Width at Tip: 1cm
    Thickness at Guard: 0.64cm
    Thickness at Tip: .0.25cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather, Steel 

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

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    Excl. Tax: £190.40 Incl. Tax: £228.48

  • 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: £148.50 Incl. Tax: £178.20

  • 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

  • Practical Rapier - 43" Blade

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    The Schlaeger Rapiers utilize a popular swept hilt, modified to accommodate Hanwei's schlaeger blades in 37" (SH1099) and 43" (SH1098) lengths. These tapered blades provide a superior balance compared to the traditional parallel-sided schlaegers, making for a faster sword.

    Paul Chen's Renaissance-style Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman’s education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements. Blades generally originated in one of the blade making centers such as Toledo or Solingen, but many differences in styling and hilt materials resulted from the local manufacture of hilts all over Europe.

    Total length
    125cm
    Blade length: 109cm
    Grip length: 10cm
    Weight: 1.1kg
    Blade width (base): 2.5cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 5.7 cm
    Blade: 1566 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    ScabbardNot Included

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

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    Excl. Tax: £166.60 Incl. Tax: £199.92

  • Practical Rapier - 37" Blade

    The Schlaeger Rapiers by Paul Chen utilize a popular swept hilt, modified to accommodate our schlaeger blades in 37” (SH1099) and 43” (SH1098) lengths. These tapered blades provide a superior balance compared to the traditional parallel-sided schlaegers, making for a faster sword.

    Fencing in the Renaissance style plays an important part in the historical re-enactment combining the quickness of light blades with the stucture and spirit of the day.  Our Renaissance-style Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman’s education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements. Blades generally originated in one of the blade making centers such as Toledo or Solingen, but many differences in styling and hilt materials resulted from the local manufacture of hilts all over Europe.

    Total length110.5cm
    Blade length: 94cm
    Grip length: 10.5cm
    Weight: 1080g
    Blade width (base): 2.5cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 2.5 cm
    Blade: 1566 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    ScabbardNot Included

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

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    Excl. Tax: £166.60 Incl. Tax: £199.92

  • Munich Town Watch Rapier

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    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: £155.88 Incl. Tax: £187.06

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