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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 Combat - Bastard 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: 114cm
    Blade Length: 91cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.5cm
    Guard Width: 19.5cm
    Point of Balance: 20cm
    Weight: 1220g
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Leather Grip
    Edge: Blunt/Sharp
    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

  • SPES HEMA Cloak 350N

    Our HEMA Cloak 350N came into existence at the request of Rebel Fencing School. This type of garment refers to the cloak-and-dagger genre.

    HEMA Cloak can be worn by women and men. This item is lightweight and it will perfectly fulfill your training gear. We recommend using it with a rapier or sword, but you can also use it with other light simulators.

    Gear of this type has a form of a segment of a circle. It has a black lining and a collar. It is fastened with leather laces in front and it rests on shoulders.

    Our HEMA Cloak is sewn from 350N puncture-resistant fabric. It is similar to medieval cloaks from three-quarters of a circle. In comparison to the woolen original, our HEMA cape is much lighter. This cape can be worn on both shoulders, on one shoulder, or in the hand, like a shield.

    Length: 110cm
    Weight: 1.6kg
    Material: 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester

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

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    Excl. Tax: £129.17 Incl. Tax: £155.00

  • Red Dragon HEMA Tournament Fencing Mask - 1600N

    Our Red Dragon HEMA Tournament Fencing Mask has been developed for the serious practitioner. For many HEMA activities our standard Red Dragon HEMA Mask will suffice, but if you are looking for something with a higher level of protection, or looking to fight in tournaments, our Red Dragon Tournament Fencing Mask will perfectly suit your needs. This CEN 2 mask comes in HEMA Black and features a 1600 newton bib, removable washable liner (handwash only) and heavy-duty adjustable strap. Available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

    Sizing for fencing masks are based on your vertical head circumference.

    If you do not have a mask you already wear, measure your face by taking a tape measure, holding it underneath your chin with your mouth slightly open, from under your jaw, up past your ear, past the top of your head, down past your other ear, and back down to the bottom of your chin (from where you started).

    Measurement around Face
    Small: 56-59cm
    Medium: 61-64cm
    Large: 66-69cm
    XLarge: 73-76cm

    If you do have a mask you already wear, measure around the inner circumference of the mask from where your chin would sit and back around.

    Measurement around mask
    Small: 77cm
    Medium: 79cm
    Large: 81cm
    XLarge: 84cm

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

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

  • 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
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather

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

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

  • Practical Viking Sword

    Our Practical Viking Swords are all based on authentically styled swords in our collection but they are tailored to meet the needs of re-enactment and stage combat. These very popular and affordable weapons feature authentic hilt styling, with fully tempered un-edged and un-pointed blades. They are designed to withstand rugged use while providing the level of safety required by many of today’s re-enactment societies.

    The lobate pommel and down-turned guard are typical of Viking swords of the period, as is the broad blade with its deep, full-length fullers. The sword is well-balanced and, with a weight slightly over 2 lbs, it is very quick.

    Total length: 85 cm
    Blade length: 71cm
    Weight: 1500g
    Blade thickness (base): 0.5cm
    Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Plastic

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

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    Excl. Tax: £128.80 Incl. Tax: £154.56

  • Practical Norman Sword

    The Practical 11th Century Sword features a “tea-cosy” pommel and a sculptured cross that curves gently towards the blade. The broad blade has full-length fullers and is very lively for an un-edged blade. It weighs around 950 grams.

    These very popular and affordable weapons feature authentic hilt styling, with fully tempered un-edged and un-pointed blades. They are designed to withstand rugged use while providing the level of safety required by many of today’s re-enactment societies.

    The blades are crafted from 1065 high-carbon steel, hardened to 50HRC, which restricts edge-notching to acceptable levels while providing resilience and protection against brittleness. While the blades are substantial, they are fullered to provide balance and good handling characteristics. 

    Total length: 91.5cm
    Blade length: 76cm
    Grip length: 10cm
    Weight: 1.1kg
    Blade width (base): 4cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Plastic

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

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    Excl. Tax: £124.60 Incl. Tax: £149.52

  • 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

  • Practical Single-Hand Sword

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    Our Practical broadswords are all based on authentically styled swords in our collection but they are tailored to meet the needs of re-enactment and stage combat. These very popular and affordable weapons feature authentic hilt styling, with fully tempered un-edged and un-pointed blades. They are designed to withstand rugged use while providing the level of safety required by many of today’s re-enactment societies.

    The blades are crafted from 1065 high-carbon steel, hardened to 50HRC, which restricts edge-notching to acceptable levels while providing resilience and protection against brittleness. While the blades are substantial, they are fullered to provide balance and good handling characteristics. They feature 1/16” wide edges and rounded tips for safety. The tangs are also substantial, with radiused corners at the blade shoulders and no welds.

    Total length: 92.7 cm
    Blade length: 76.2 cm
    Grip length: 16.5 cm
    Weight: 1.105 kg
    Point of Balance (PoB): 10cm

    Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Plastic, Steel

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

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    Excl. Tax: £135.80 Incl. Tax: £162.96

  • Red Dragon Combat - Hand and a Half Sword

    4 Review(s)

    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: 114cm
    Blade Length: 90.5cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.5cm
    Guard Width: 22cm
    Point of Balance: 16cm
    Weight: 1300g
    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

  • DAMAGED - SPES Women's Officers Fencing Jacket 350N - Medium

    DAMAGE: Button come off material. 
    Quantity: 1

    Not only men look great in uniform...

    This rule also applies to WOMEN! Dear Ladies, here is the often announced and long-awaited, Officer 350N, dedicated to the female figure! It fits perfectly with Light pants, light gloves or Swordsmen. Can you feel the whiff of history? Or you just find Retro stye fit you best? We invite you to dance....i.e. sparring.

    Outer fabric: 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
    Inner fabric: 100% Polyester
    Weight: 1.30 - 1.80 kg

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    Regular Price: £171.50

    Special Price Excl. Tax: £132.50 Incl. Tax: £159.00

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