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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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  • School Pack - Red Dragon Fencing Masks - 5 for £260

    Our Red Dragon Fencing Mask is one of the most popular masks in the HEMA marketplace and represents excellent value for beginners. This durable mask is suitable for longsword sparring and most other HEMA activities. It comes in “HEMA black” and features a removable (washable) red liner. The bib is rated at 350N. Available in Medium, Large and Extra Large.

    Buy the School Pack - Red Dragon HEMA Fencing Masks with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA protection retailer.

    Measurement around face
    - Medium 61-64cm 
    - Large 66-69cm 
    - XLarge 73-76cm

    Measurement around mask
    - Medium 76cm 
    - Large 78cm 
    - XLarge 80cm 


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    Excl. Tax: £57.92 Incl. Tax: £69.50 As low as: £52.00

  • School Pack - Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves - 5 for £243

    Please note that these gloves are designed for sparring with synthetic swords. Whilst most people deem them durable enough for controlled steel sparring, the gloves will deteriorate at a faster rate as a consequence. Red Dragon HEMA Sparring Gloves are not indestructible and are not designed to last forever. As with any other sports kit, they will deteriorate and need replacing over time. The more they are used, the faster they will deteriorate.

    Buy the School Pack - Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA protection retailer.

    Measurements

    Twelve Inch Gloves Thirteen Inch Gloves

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    Excl. Tax: £45.00 Incl. Tax: £54.00 As low as: £48.60

  • Domed Steel Buckler Shield

    The small steel domed shield remained popular from the 13th to the 17th century. Many soldiers preferred this to the full-size shield to be able to move more quickly.

    Made by Windlass Steelcrafts of 18 gauge steel with leather grips.

    Diameter: 59cm
    Weight: 2721g

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

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    Excl. Tax: £50.49 Incl. Tax: £60.59

  • 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: £43.76 Incl. Tax: £52.51

  • 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: £40.83 Incl. Tax: £49.00

  • 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: £43.33 Incl. Tax: £52.00

  • 20" Talhoffer Buckler - 16 gauge

    The "Talhoffer" buckler is well known from Talhoffer's "Fechtbuch" illustrations. The unusual curled holly-leaf shape, with its fluting and spikes, is a fairly radical departure from the norm but it serves well as a memento of this famous fight master.

    Diameter: 50.8cm 
    Weight: 1810g 
    Gauge: 16 Gauge

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

    Buy the 20" Talhoffer Buckler - 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £53.64 Incl. Tax: £64.37

  • Big SPES HEMA Foam Heater Shield - Red

    A heater shield 50 cm wide and 65 cm long. Made of safe materials – mostly foam and leatherette. Designed for historical fencing training and medieval combat.

    Made of foam, it allows for safe medieval fencing practice and training. The buckler is extremely durable. Leather strengthening around the strap clamping provides additional durability and strength.

    The buckler is not meant to be used with hard, sharp weapons or be hit against hard, sharp objects.

    Width: 50cm
    Length: 65cm
    Weight: 1070g

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

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    Excl. Tax: £53.78 Incl. Tax: £64.54

  • Big SPES HEMA Foam Heater Shield - Blue

    A heater shield 50 cm wide and 65 cm long. Made of safe materials – mostly foam and leatherette. Designed for historical fencing training and medieval combat.

    Made of foam, it allows for safe medieval fencing practice and training. The buckler is extremely durable. Leather strengthening around the strap clamping provides additional durability and strength.

    The buckler is not meant to be used with hard, sharp weapons or be hit against hard, sharp objects.

    Width: 50cm
    Length: 65cm
    Weight: 1070g

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

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  • Small SPES HEMA Foam Heater Shield - Red

    A heater shield 41 cm wide and 50 cm long. Made of safe materials – mostly foam and leatherette. Designed for historical fencing training and medieval combat.

    Made of foam, it allows for safe medieval fencing practice and training. The buckler is extremely durable. Leather strengthening around the strap clamping provides additional durability and strength.

    The buckler is not meant to be used with hard, sharp weapons or be hit against hard, sharp objects.

    Width: 41cm
    Length: 50cm
    Weight: 725g

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

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