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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 - Temple Church Sword

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    Our Temple Church sword is a replica of a sword found in the River Thames in London. The sword, forged in the period between 1300-1350, was discovered opposite Temple Church, the headquarters of the Knights Templar in England.

    During the 14th century, the gardens of the Temple in London ran down to the river’s edge where this sword was discovered. The discovery location, coupled with the crosses in the pommel, suggests that it is a Templar knight’s sword thrown into the river when the Order of the Temple was dissolved by Edward II in 1314.

    Overall Length: 127.5cm
    Blade Length: 100.5cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.4cm
    Guard Width: 20cm
    Point of Balance: 20cm
    Weight: 1550g
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Leather Grip
    Edge: Blunt - 1.5mm
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather & Steel

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

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    Excl. Tax: £162.50 Incl. Tax: £195.00

  • SPES Lobster V3.0 Heavy Gloves

    The revolution continues! Lobster v3.0 is our response to the expectations of the most demanding HEMA practitioners. The SPES heavy gloves, which revolutionized the market for sword fighting equipment, now have a new thumb. This means even greater versatility and efficiency during intense training sessions. The idea for this product is our original vision. The Lobster represents the pinnacle of achievement and an unparalleled standard created exclusively by SPES.

    The Lobsters will perform exceptionally well in any case, regardless of your gender or level of advancement. They are designed to work with various types of swords, including longswords, Feders, as well as one- or two-handed simulators.

    These gloves are not only stylish but also functional. The inner side of the hands is covered with black synthetic leather. All fingers are protected by plastic overlays connected using rivets and laces. The black cuff additionally features leather inserts. They fasten with adjustable straps at the wrists.

    The key feature of this product is the remodeled, three-piece thumb, which has been specially designed from the base to the tip and on the sides to completely cover the finger. The gloves have been remodeled and adapted to the needs of HEMA practitioners so that the plastic elements completely overlap each other. The top element, the so-called shell, has been elongated and bent into the most ergonomic shape, covering the fingertips.

    The cuffs with segments of faux leather and adjustable leather straps at the wrists ensure a perfect fit for the hands and guarantee that the gloves will stay in place even during the most intense training sessions. The cuff itself has been subtly modified, protecting the wrist at the point where the cuff joins the upper part of the glove. Additionally, the plastic elements are connected to it using new, more durable bindings - minimizing the likelihood of breakage during training. They won't break easily during HEMA sparring!

    MaterialPlastic (Polypropylene)

    XS -  Around Palm: 22cm | Wrist to Tip of Middle Finger: 18cm | Wrist to Tip of Thumb: 13cm
    S -  Around Palm: 23cm | Wrist to Tip of Middle Finger: 19cm | Wrist to Tip of Thumb: 14cm
    M/L -  Around Palm: 24cm | Wrist to Tip of Middle Finger: 20cm | Wrist to Tip of Thumb: 15cm
    XL -  Around Palm: 26cm | Wrist to Tip of Middle Finger: 21cm | Wrist to Tip of Thumb: 16cm

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

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    Excl. Tax: £165.00 Incl. Tax: £198.00

  • Classic Longsword

    1 Review(s)

    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

  • Red Dragon Combat - Oakeshott XIV Sword

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    The latest addition to the Red Dragon Combat range of swords is our Oakeshott XIV Sword. It is a replica of an original that is currently on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Oakeshott describes it as being “an absolutely outstanding sword, not only because of its condition but by reason of its splendid proportions and great size. It dates from around the first quarter of the 14th century and is remarkably similar to sword found on the body of Sancho IV el Bravo of Castile in Toledo Cathedral.

    Overall Length: 86cm
    Blade Length: 68cm
    Blade Width: 6.5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.45cm
    Guard Width: 22cm
    Point of Balance: 6cm
    Weight: 1.3kg
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Leather Grip
    Edge: Blunt
    Scabbard: Wood, leather, steel

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

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

  • Red Dragon Combat - Crusader Sword

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    Another exciting addition to the Red Dragon Combat range of swords is our new Crusader Sword. It is based on a surviving example of a Crusader arming sword from the early part of the 13th century now on display in the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

    Overall Length: 103cm
    Blade Length: 83cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.45cm
    Guard Width: 22cm
    Point of Balance: 12cm
    Weight: 1.4kg
    Material: High Carbon Steel Blade, Leather Grip
    Edge: Blunt
    Scabbard: Wood, leather, steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary 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: £178.33 Incl. Tax: £214.00

  • 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
    Scabbard: None

    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 length: 110.5cm
    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
    Scabbard: None

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

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

  • Floor Display Stand/Rack - 20 Swords/Pistols

    Our Display Stands are the perfect way to display your flintlock pistols, swords and katanas. They are hand made in Italy and are crafted from wood with a varnished finish. This stand has been created as a merchandising stand and features a brass “AG” (Acacia Giuseppe) logo at the top, alluding to the Italian workshop where it is made.

    This plaque is held in place by 2 small pins and can be easily removed if necessary. This stand comes in 3 parts and is assembled with ease.   

    Height: 187cm
    Width: 35cm
    Mounts: 20
    Material: Wood, brass logo

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

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    Excl. Tax: £179.17 Incl. Tax: £215.00

  • SPES Women's FG Light HEMA Jacket 350N

    It is recommended for ladies training HEMA, regardless of their skills or advancement level. It is a very universal model that can become a base for creating light or heavy sparring sets. However, do not forget about additional overlays or plastrons, especially during the most intense sparrings to ensure the best possible cushioning.

    The FG Light jacket is fastened with a zipper + velcro (so called double-closure). Blade catcher is attached to the collar, and the elbows with special straps for overlays attaching, e.g. Shell or PRO. This type of FG is cut off at the waist and is quite long - reaching mid-thigh. It also has slits on the sides.

    This gambeson is made of 350N puncture resistant fabrics. A 3D spacer mesh was used for the production of the lining. Like the women’s AP Light 350N, the FG jacket has pockets for additional foams (included with the jacket). They are modifiable: you can remove them, change their size, shape or add additional cushioning layers.

    An important feature of this jacket is its low weight (the lowest among the FG family). Breathable construction and high level of hygroscopicity are other features of this women gambeson. What's important, you won't lose your mobility during training, mainly due to its fitted construction. If you are looking for a lighter and very comfortable jacket which covers the thighs, the FG Light 350N is for you!

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

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