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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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  • Classic Medieval Sword

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    A transition from the Viking sword to the classic medieval sword, our medieval sword is probably Oakeshott type X. Swords like this one were very popular for centuries.

    The double-edged, hardly tapered blade has a long, relatively wide fuller which makes it balance very well. The curved, flared crossguard provides lots of protection for your hand. Thanks to its leather covering, the grip is comfortable to grasp. The wheel pommel is riveted. Our classic medieval sword comes with a scabbard.


    Total length: 100 cm
    Blade length: 83.5 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 1.42 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.1 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.6 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.1 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.8 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 15 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 20 cm
    Oakeshott type: X
    Blade: 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: £185.83 Incl. Tax: £223.00

  • Classic Longsword

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    The term "long sword" designates a sword that is longer than a one handed sword: approximately 37 cm or longer. A long sword was primarily wielded using two hands, but thanks to the comparatively light weight of this classic long sword, one handed techniques are also possible.

    Its double-edged blade has three fullers, but the two outer ones only run the length of the ricasso. The ricasso itself is large enough for your second hand to reach over the crossguard with langet to grasp it. This hold significantly increases the pressure behind thrust techniques. The wooden grip is wrapped in leather, and both the pear-shaped pommel and the crossguard are made of steel. Our classic long sword comes with a leather scabbard with a mount and chape.

    Total length
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     122 cm
    Blade length: 96 cm
    Grip length: 16 cm
    Weight: 1.44 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.4 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.9 mm
    Blade width (base): 4.8 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.2 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 14 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 26 cm
    Oakeshott type: XIIIa
    Blade: 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: £163.33 Incl. Tax: £196.00

  • 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. It’s 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: Threaded
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

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

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    Excl. Tax: £215.83 Incl. Tax: £259.00

  • 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: £178.33 Incl. Tax: £214.00

  • 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
    Scabbard: Leather

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

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    Excl. Tax: £215.83 Incl. Tax: £259.00

  • 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: £225.00 Incl. Tax: £270.00

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