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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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  • 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

  • Flexible Kungfu Jian Sword

    For the Kungfu sword practitioners seeking a sword of quality beyond the flea market and el-cheapo wall hangers, Dragon King delivers the goods in the new Kungfu Jian. The 28 1/2" blade of the Kungfu Jian is similar in flexibility like a wushu style but not quite as thin and features a sunflower scrolling blade etch just off the guard and a reinforcing ridge the entire length. The composite handle contrasts the matte stainless steel guard and open pommel that will accommodate a tassel if you wish to add one. The balance point rests perfectly at the guard. At 39” overall length and 1 lb 10 oz weight, the Kungfu Jian flows comfortably in your hand and balances beautifully. This piece comes with a matching caramel coloured composite scabbard with matte stainless steel accents and chape.

    Overall: 99cm
    Blade Length: 72cm
    Handle Length: 11cm
    Weight: 737g
    Point of Balance: At Guard
    Blade Steel: 3Cr13
    Handle Material: Composite
    Blade Edge: Sharp

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

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    Excl. Tax: £148.50 Incl. Tax: £178.20

  • "Cadet" HEMA Jacket 800N - Level 2

    The "Cadet" 800N HEMA jacket is characterized by great durability and puncture resistance. Light, comfortable, and no restrictive the "Cadet" HEMA jacket is perfect for HEMA training and tournaments.

    This HEMA jacket is characterised by an elegant combination of black colour with red details: binding on cuffs, blade catcher, and tape around the Canadian buttons.

    The HEMA jacket has 800N puncture resistance, and nside you will find pockets with cushioning foam (on shoulders and torso), which can be easily modified by a user.

    Thanks to its universality, this HEMA jacket can be worn by beginners, advanced sword fighters, and coaches. It is a perfect choice as regular gym or club equipment.

    Weight: 1.8 kg (for size L)
    Fabric: 100% polyester

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

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

  • CLEARANCE - SPES Officer Fencing Jacket - BLUE - Large

    CLEARANCE - Nothing wrong with this jacket. The wrong colour was ordered. 

    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

    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: £146.29 Incl. Tax: £175.55

  • 'AP'' Light Women's Fencing Jacket 350N

    A light HEMA jacket based on the popular "AP" 350N model. Besides the features like an overlap in the front, blade catcher, or amortisation layer, "AP Light" is characterised by low weight, breathable construction, adjustable waist girth and extra pockets with foams (on shoulders, on front flap, and on sides).

    This HEMA jacket is thinner than the regular "AP" but is still made from 350N puncture resistance fabric. Its lining allows heat and moisture removal but also has the antibacterial function. On the sleeves, you can find grips for additional elbow protectors, e.g. "Shell".

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

  • 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

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