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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 HEMA Sparring Jacket

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    Our HEMA Sparring Jacket by Red Dragon is designed for HEMA and is constructed from a 350N rated heavy-duty cotton with an inner lining. The jacket is well padded to receive blows but has no padding on the back as it is very rare to receive effective blows here. This has the effect of reducing the weight of the jacket whilst increasing the breathability. The zipped front panel overlaps to provide a double-layer of protection against thrusts to the torso.

    This jacket also features an innovative built in gorget, designed to overlap the bib of a fencing mask to stop thrusts from travelling upwards from beneath the bib. The gorget features a padded plastic plate to protect the throat and adjustable Velcro straps that allow it to be attached either at the back of the collar or at the back of the shoulders. The gorget can also be worn under the bib of the mask if you so wish. The back of the jacket features an adjustable webbing strap with velcro attachment which allows it to be pulled in at the waist for a more streamlined fit.

    Buy the Red Dragon Sparring Jacket with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA protection retailer.

    Sizing information can be found below.
    All measurements are taken from the outside of the jacket and so may differ due to the thickness of the material.

    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 Light Sparring Jacket

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    Our HEMA Light Sparring Jacket by Red Dragon is designed for HEMA and is constructed from a 350N rated heavy-duty cotton with an inner lining. The jacket features less padding than our HEMA Sparring Jacket and is better suited to single hand weapons such as rapier and sabre.

    This jacket has no padding on the back as it is very rare to receive effective blows here – especially from rapiers and sabres. This has the effect of reducing the weight of the jacket whilst increasing the breathability. It also does not have padding on the inside of the arms reducing the weight further.

    The padded collar features a blade catcher to help protect against stray thrusts that may go under the bib of a fencing mask.  The back of the jacket features an adjustable webbing strap with Velcro attachment which allows it to be pulled in at the waist for a more streamlined fit.

    Buy the Red Dragon HEMA Light Sparring Jacket with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA protection retailer.

    Sizing Information can be found below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £120.83 Incl. Tax: £145.00

  • Red Dragon Combat - Hand and a Half 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: 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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