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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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  • 12" Leather Buckler

    The buckler is a defensive weapon used since the 12th century and it was in use until the 18th century. It is well known that a light and resistant buckler was sought in the civilian environments, able to withstand the attack of the weapons, lighter than those used in war. The boiled leather buckler appears in many written references that talk about the piece itself (Cuir bouilli). This piece has proven to be a perfect balance between protection and lightness. 

    This mode has in its centre a shield boss of steel which has 2 mm of thickness rimmed by a piece of hardened leather of 9 mm and fixed by 4 rivets; thus achieving a sturdy and extraordinary piece for both defence and attack.

    The piece comes with a steel grip and is topped with rosewood with brass rivets. We can find this kind of decoration in similar pieces of that time like knives because it was a typical style among weapons of this type.

    Material: Steel, leather and wood.
    Diameter: 33 cm
    Shield boss diameter: 13 cm
    Shield boss thickness: 0.2 cm
    Grip width: 11 cm.
    Weight: 1.35 kg

    All sizes are approximate and vary from piece to piece. Leather is a natural product therefore there could be some variants in colour.

    Buy the Leather Buckler with confidence from the UK’s leading medieval buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £63.33 Incl. Tax: £76.00

  • 12" Swordsman Buckler - 18 Gauge

    Small companion shields like this were used throughout Europe during the late Medieval and Renaissance periods.

    Our swordsman buckler is hand forged of steel and sports a 5” central boss along with six raised supports in a sunray pattern. The face has been given a decorative acid bath, giving the shield an added ornamental finish. A generous metal handle covered with wood gives you a sure grip in any fight that may come along.

    Diameter: 31cm
    Plate thickness: 1.6mm
    Border thickness: 2.5mm
    Weight: 1.2 kg

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

    Steel thickness may vary due to the handcrafted methods used on its manufacturing. The steel is untreated and may have rust. To protect the steel you may rub it with mineral or synthetic oil.

    Buy the 12” Simple Buckler with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £45.00 Incl. Tax: £54.00

  • 12" Fluted Buckler - 16 gauge

    Used from the 12th to the 18th century, the buckler achieved a deserved reputation as both a defensive and offensive arm. Indispensable in both classical rapier play and I.33 sparring, it has become an essential part of the modern swordsman's equipment.

    Our 12” Fluted Buckler is crafted in 16 gauge steel and features radial embossed flutes for rigidity. The wooden grip is securely riveted to the body of the buckler.

    Diameter: 31cm
    Plate thickness: 2mm
    Weight: 1258g

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

    Buy the 12” Fluted Buckler - 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £36.67 Incl. Tax: £44.00

  • 12" Polished Steel Buckler - 16 gauge

    Want to keep your next move out of your opponent’s sight fooling them into a trap? Or deflect those sharp sword blows? This reliable buckler shield does it all for you!

    This buckler shield is HANDCRAFTED from tough 16 gauge MILD STEEL and comes with a metal handle, reinforced with shock-absorbing GENUINE WOOD. This is a fully functional buckler that can be used for historical re-enactments and décor as well.

    Diameter: 30.5cm

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

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    Excl. Tax: £30.00 Incl. Tax: £36.00

  • 12" Simple Buckler - 16 gauge

    This kind of buckle was commonly used as a complement of one-handed weapons from the Middle Ages until renaissance.

    Diameter: 31cm
    Plate thickness: 1.6mm
    Border thickness: 2.5mm

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

    Steel thickness may vary due to the handcrafted methods used on its manufacturing. The steel is untreated and may have rust. To protect the steel you may rub it with mineral or synthetic oil. 

    Buy the 12” Simple Buckler - 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £33.33 Incl. Tax: £40.00

  • 12" Dordrecht Steel buckler - 14 gauge

    This is a reproduction of a buckler designed with a reinforced handle. The original was found in Dordrecht. Due to the thickness of the piece, it can be used in battle.

    Diameter: 30 cm
    Steel thickness: 2 mm approx.
    Material: Carbon steel 1060 and wood. 
    Total handle width: 27 cm
    Useful handle width: 13 cm
    Handle thickness: 2.5 cm 
    Weight: 1.60 kg

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

    Steel thickness may vary due to the handcrafted methods used in its manufacturing. The steel is untreated and may have rust. To protect the steel you may rub it with mineral or synthetic oil. 

    Buy the 12” Dordrecht Steel buckler – 14 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £65.00 Incl. Tax: £78.00

  • 12" Battlecry Soldier's Buckler

    Designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish and tempering to a low 50s RC.

    This fist shield has gone through rigorous testing. The hands-on nature of the manufacturing by master smiths makes this line unique.

    Diameter: 32cm
    Weight: 1247g
    Material: 1065 High Carbon

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

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    Excl. Tax: £89.17 Incl. Tax: £107.00

  • 12" Red Dragon Buckler - 14 gauge

    This buckler has been developed with some of the top HEMA schools in Europe with durability and price in mind. It is constructed from 14 gauge steel making it durable enough to take the abuse that everyday practice in the salle throws at it. It is ideal for both I.33 and Bolognese systems.

    The boss is well riveted to the face of the buckler and the grip/handle is raised at the back to allow for a padded glove, but not raised to the extent that it adversely affects manoeuvrability. A great buckler at a great price!

    Diameter: 31cm
    Circumference: 97cm
    Depth: 5cm
    Weight: 1640g

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

    Buy the 12” Red Dragon Buckler - 14 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £45.00 Incl. Tax: £54.00

  • 9" Reinforced Buckler - 14 gauge

    This buckler has been specifically designed to fulfil the hard requirements of re-enactment combat.

    Designed by Reproductions Historiques France team.

    Made of 2mm steel with 3mm steel handle. Steel thickness may vary due to the handcrafted methods used in its manufacturing.

    Buy the 9” Reinforced Buckler – 14 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £44.17 Incl. Tax: £53.00

  • 9" Simple Buckler - 16 gauge

    Support defensive weapon widely used in Europe for people of all categories, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Its use has been recorded in various treatises of the time.

    Diameter: 23cm
    Plate thickness: 1.6mm
    Border thickness: 2.5mm
    Weight: 0.72 kg 

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

    Steel thickness may vary due to the handcrafted methods used in its manufacture. The steel is untreated and may have rust. To protect the steel you may rub it with mineral or synthetic oil. 

    Buy the 9” Simple Buckler – 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £30.83 Incl. Tax: £37.00

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