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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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  • HEMA Longsword Starter Kit 2

    Everything you need to get started in the competitive world of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

    Includes:
    Rawlings Proline Xtreme Sparring Longsword
    Red Dragon Fencing Mask
    Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves
    Red Dragon Throat Protector
    Red Dragon Groin Protector Learn More
    Excl. Tax: £135.00 Incl. Tax: £162.00

  • HEMA Arming Sword Starter Kit 2

    Everything you need to get started in the competitive world of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

    Includes:
    Rawlings Xtreme Synthetic Sparring Arming Sword
    Red Dragon Fencing Mask
    Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves
    Red Dragon Throat Protector
    Red Dragon Groin Protector Learn More
    Excl. Tax: £135.00 Incl. Tax: £162.00

  • HEMA Bastard Sword Starter Kit 2

    Everything you need to get started in the competitive world of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

    Includes:
    Red Dragon Synthetic Bastard Sword
    Red Dragon Fencing Mask
    Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves
    Red Dragon Throat Protector
    Red Dragon Groin Protector Learn More
    Excl. Tax: £135.00 Incl. Tax: £162.00

  • HEMA Messer Starter Kit 2

    Everything you need to get started in the competitive world of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

    Includes:
    Proline Xtreme Messer
    Red Dragon Fencing Mask
    Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves
    Red Dragon Throat Protector
    Red Dragon Groin Protector Learn More
    Excl. Tax: £135.00 Incl. Tax: £162.00

  • HEMA Basket Hilt Sword Starter Kit 2

    Everything you need to get started in the competitive world of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

    Includes:
    Basket Hilt Xtreme Sparring Sword
    Red Dragon Fencing Mask
    Red Dragon Weapon Sparring Gloves
    Red Dragon Throat Protector
    Red Dragon Groin Protector Learn More
    Excl. Tax: £135.00 Incl. Tax: £162.00

  • Classic Medieval Sword

    A transition from the Viking sword to the classic medieval sword, our medieval sword is probably Oakeshott type X. Swords like this one were very popular for centuries. The double-edged, hardly tapered blade has a long, relatively wide fuller which makes it balance very well. The curved, flared crossguard provides lots of protection for your hand. Thanks to its leather covering, the grip is comfortable to grasp. The wheel pommel is riveted. Our classic medieval sword comes with a scabbard.

    Total length: 100 cm
    Blade length: 83.5 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 1.42 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.1 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.6 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.1 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.8 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 15 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 20 cm
    Oakeshott type: X
    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: £133.33 Incl. Tax: £160.00

  • 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.

    Measure your head by taking a tape measure, holding it underneath your chin, 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

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

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

  • Red Dragon HEMA Light Sparring Jacket

    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.

    SmallSleeve Length: 53cm (21") | Chest: 106cm (42") | Waist: 98cm (38") | Length: 59cm (23") | Weight: 1590g
    MediumSleeve Length: 56cm (22") | Chest: 120cm (47") | Waist: 106cm (42") | Length: 61cm (24") | Weight: 1766g
    LargeSleeve Length: 58cm (22") | Chest: 122cm (48") | Waist: 112cm (44") | Length: 63cm (25") | Weight: 1904g
    X-LargeSleeve Length: 59cm (22") | Chest: 124cm (50") | Waist: 116cm (46") | Length: 67cm (26") | Weight: 2080g

    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 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.

    SmallSleeve Length: 53cm (21") | Chest: 106cm (42") | Waist: 98cm (38") | Length: 60cm (23") | Weight: 2086g
    MediumSleeve Length: 55cm (22") | Chest: 112cm (44") | Waist: 102cm (40") | Length: 62cm (24") | Weight: 2530g
    LargeSleeve Length: 58cm (23") | Chest: 122cm (48") | Waist: 110cm (42") | Length: 64cm (24") | Weight: 2596g
    X-LargeSleeve Length: 59cm (23") | Chest: 126cm (50") | Waist: 112cm (44") | Length: 66cm (26") | Weight: 2860g

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece

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

  • SPES Officer Fencing Jacket

    The project is based on classic historical fencing outfits. Alfred Hutton, who lived at the turn of XIX and XX century and is one of the HEMA pioneers, was the inspiration for creating this unique jacket.
    "Officer" Fencing Jacket is designed for light historical fencing trainings, for a fencer using e.g. sabre, rapier, longsword etc.
    The jacket has been made of fabric which has a 350N puncture resistance certificate.
    Low weight is the greatest asset of this jacket and it gives you the feeling of airiness as well as the ease of movement.
    A breathable padding made of a spacing mesh ensures heat and moisture removal as well as high air permeability what greatly boosts the comfort of use.
    Safety level has been increased by the use of wide overlap in front with an additional inner mounting, which prevents sliding.
    A double mounting on zipper and snaps, ensures a durable and reliable clasp.
    The jacket has a blade catcher which protects your larynx from sharp blades.
    The drawstring at the waist level on the back ensures a better fit of the jacket. Arms and shoulders have additional layers of padding for better amortization.
    The sleeves are equipped with mountings, which allow you to mount additional elbow protectors.

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    Excl. Tax: £135.53 Incl. Tax: £162.64

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