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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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  • Club Sport Federschwert

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    The Kingston Arms Sport Feder is ideal for clubs, beginners and even seasoned practitioners that want a light, fast, safe and affordable sparring sword for HEMA longsword sparring. This federschwert was designed to be safe in the thrust by flexing in the last third of the blade while keeping the rest of the sword stiff in the bind. The tip is slightly flared in thickness as well and can be used as it is with proper equipment or fitted with a leather mask or plastic tip for an added degree of safety. 

    Other features include a ramped thumb guard, allowing easy placement of a gloved thumb onto and off the blade during guard transitions. The pommel is indexed to the flat of the blade, making it second nature to distinguish proper edge alignment with the rearward hand. The wood core grip is in a well rounded rectangular cross section and tightly bound with an overwrap of cord to provide a firm grip.

    Overall Length: 131cm
    Blade Length: 97cm
    Handle Length: 28cm
    Weight: 1389g
    Point of Balance: 8cm (at schilt)
    Blade: 9260 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Not Included

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

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    Excl. Tax: £142.50 Incl. Tax: £171.00

  • Stage Combat Rapier

    Stage combat rapiers have to meet different requirements from battle-ready rapiers. In order to minimize the risk of injury from cuts and thrusts during stage combat with fencing weapons, this silver stage combat rapier has back edges that are at least 3 mm thick everywhere and it even has a flattened point. It weighs a little less than a kilogram, so our silver stage combat rapier is light and highly manageable. Good balance is not the only characteristic that makes this stage combat rapier manageable – its grip is also very important. Because it is wrapped with both smooth and braided silver-coloured wire, it is especially comfortable to grasp. The delicate knuckle bow and finger guard give this stage combat rapier a graceful, romantic look and also provide finger protection when a technique requires them to be placed above the crossguard. It includes a leather scabbard with a silver-coloured mount and chape.

    Total length: 109 cm
    Blade length: 92.5 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 0.96 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 3.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 1.7 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardLeather, Wood, Steel

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

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    Excl. Tax: £149.17 Incl. Tax: £179.00

  • 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: £153.45 Incl. Tax: £184.14

  • Classic Bastard Sword

    This is an especially fine interpretation of a classic hand and a half, Oakeshott type XVIIIb sword. Weapons designed for thrusting only did not meet the requirements of modern warfare by the 15th century, and blades that delivered more forceful cuts were developed. These longer swords were especially popular in Germany (opponents were probably less fond of them)... The hilt is also typical because its components – the type I, riveted wheel pommel, leather wrapped wooden grip and lightly curved crossguard – are 100 percent period. Over 90 cm long, the blade has a slight taper and comes to a rounded point. Our classic bastard sword comes with a matching black leather scabbard that includes a mount and chape.

    Total length: 113.5 cm
    Blade length: 92 cm
    Grip length: 15.5 cm
    Weight: 1.52 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.2 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 4.1 mm
    Blade width (base): 4.7 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.9 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 13.5 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 32 cm
    Oakeshott type: XVIIIb
    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: £145.44 Incl. Tax: £174.53

  • Classic Longsword

    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: £145.00 Incl. Tax: £174.00

  • SPES Men's Axel Pettersson Fencing Jacket V2.0

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    This fencing jacket was designed with the help and suggestions of Axel Pettersson, to serve the needs of the Swedish schools of historical fencing ("Gothenburg Historical Fencing School" in particular). The jacket closes in front (see the picture) with the help of a zipper and velcro. On the front of the collar, there is a broad overlap which closes with velcro. The sleeves are specially designed for better arm movement. Also, there are additional protective layers on the chest, shoulders and elbows. The layers of fabric (from the outside) are: 1 layer of cotton, one protective layer, and 1 layer of lining. The jacket was tested at many seminars as well as one in Helsinki on 9-11.08.2011 lead by Axel Pettersson.

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    Excl. Tax: £142.70 Incl. Tax: £171.24

  • SPES Men's "AP" Fencing Jacket - Colour Options - Special Order

    This is a special factory order and may take up to 12 weeks to arrive. Please ensure you are ordering the correct size as no changes can be made after manufacture has started. If you are unsure about sizing please contact our sales team for further information.

    This fencing jacket was designed with the help and suggestions of Axel Pettersson, to serve the needs of the Swedish schools of historical fencing ("Gothenburg Historical Fencing School" in particular). The jacket closes in front (see the picture) with the help of a zipper and velcro. On the front of the collar, there is a broad overlap which closes with velcro. The sleeves are specially designed for better arm movement. Also, there are additional protective layers on the chest, shoulders and elbows. The layers of fabric (from the outside) are: 1 layer of cotton, one protective layer, and 1 layer of lining. The jacket was tested at many seminars as well as one in Helsinki on 9-11.08.2011 lead by Axel Pettersson.

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    Excl. Tax: £153.45 Incl. Tax: £184.14

  • SPES "AP'' Light Fencing Jacket 350N

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    A light fencing jacket based on the popular "AP" 350N model. Besides the features like an overlap in the front, blade catcher, or amortisation layer, the "AP Light" is characterised by its low weight, breathable construction, adjustable waist, and extra pockets with foam. This jacket is thinner than the regular "AP" but still made from 350N puncture resistance fabric. The lining allows heat and moisture wicking and provides antibacterial protection.

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    Excl. Tax: £154.17 Incl. Tax: £185.00

  • SPES Women's Axel Pettersson Fencing Jacket - V3.0

    *Note from the Sales Team* Based on our own experience here is a rough guide to sizing:


    Medium = UK 10

    Large = UK 12


    X Large = UK 14


    This is a rough guide only. We would recommend that you contact our Sales Team with your measurements for assistance in choosing the correct size.

    Women's model of Axel Pettersson Fencing jacket is a product designed on the base of a male version which was created with the help and suggestions of Axel Pettersson, also to serve needs of historical fencing in the best possible way ("Gothenburg Historical Fencing School" in particular). After noticing a growing group of ladies within HEMA community along with the growing popularity of this Jacket model we decided to redesign it in the best way to be suitable for ladies anatomical shape.

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    Excl. Tax: £142.70 Incl. Tax: £171.24

  • SPES Woman's "AP" Fencing Jacket - Colour Options - Special Order

    This is a special factory order and may take up to 12 weeks to arrive. Please ensure you are ordering the correct size as no changes can be made after manufacture has started. Please contact our sales team for further information

    *Note from the Sales Team* Based on our own experience here is a rough guide to sizing:
    Medium = UK 10

    Large = UK 12
    X Large = UK 14
    This is a rough guide only. We would recommend that you contact our Sales Team with your measurements for assistance in choosing the correct size. 

    All the examples of Woman's Axel Pettersson jacket are equipped with a new, stronger YKK zipper with durability of 90kg/cm. It's "reverse" type which helps to prevent from accidental hooking with the weapon when fighting.

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    Excl. Tax: £153.45 Incl. Tax: £184.14

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