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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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  • 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: £24.84 Incl. Tax: £29.81

  • 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: £32.63 Incl. Tax: £39.16

  • 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" 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: £28.73 Incl. Tax: £34.48

  • 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.



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    Excl. Tax: £43.33 Incl. Tax: £52.00

  • 15" Reinforced Buckler - 14 gauge

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

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

    Buy the 15” Reinforced Buckler – 14 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £36.35 Incl. Tax: £43.62

  • 20" Reinforced Round Rotella Shield - 16 gauge

    Our Reinforced Round Rotella Shield is hand beaten from 16 gauge steel – making it both tough and durable enough for re-enactment and HEMA.  You can still see the traces of the smith’s hammer marks on the surface.  It features 2 adjustable leather straps and cushioning pad for the arm to soak up impact.

    Diameter: 50.5cm
    Weight: 2700g

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

    Buy the Reinforced Round Rotella Shield with confidence from the UK’s leading historical shield retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £72.35 Incl. Tax: £86.82

  • 21" Round Shield Rotella - 16 gauge

    Our Round Rotella Shield is hand beaten from 16 gauge steel – making it both tough and durable enough for re-enactment and HEMA.  You can still see the traces of the smith’s hammer marks on the surface.  It features 2 adjustable leather straps and cushioning pad for the arm to soak up impact.

    Diameter: 53cm
    Weight : 3200g

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

    Buy the Round Shield Rotella Shield with confidence from the UK’s leading historical shield retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £77.79 Incl. Tax: £93.35

  • 8” Shield Boss 2 - 16 gauge

    Our Shield Boss is perfect for reenactors who are making or repairing their own shields.

    Outer diameter: 20cm
    Inner diameter: 13.5cm
    Depth: 6cm
    Thickness: 1.5mm
    Weight: 450g

    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 8” Shield Boss 2 - 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £14.02 Incl. Tax: £16.82

  • 8" Shield Boss 3 - 16 gauge

    Our Shield Boss is perfect for reenactors who are making or repairing their own shields.

    Outer diameter: 20.5cm
    Inner diameter: 13.5cm
    Depth: 6cm
    Thickness: 1.7mm
    Weight: 500g

    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 8” Shield Boss 3 - 16 gauge with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA buckler retailer.

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    Excl. Tax: £14.02 Incl. Tax: £16.82

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