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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 3

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    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
    Red Dragon Knee & Shin Protectors

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    Excl. Tax: £173.33 Incl. Tax: £208.00

  • HEMA Arming Sword Starter Kit 3

    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
    Red Dragon Knee & Shin Protectors

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    Excl. Tax: £173.33 Incl. Tax: £208.00

  • SPES FG HEMA Jacket 350N

    The HEMA FG 350N jacket was created on the basis of the old Basic version and thanks to the solutions achieved in the production of the PLUS series. It is worth mentioning that the roots of the FG gambeson date back to the beginnings of our company and cooperation with "Fechtshule Gdańsk". The first version of this unique jacket at that time was designed with the help of Jan Chodkiewicz. Its appearance resembles 15th-century gambesons.

    The FG 350N can be used by both beginners and advanced users. It is designed for any type of HEMA training. However, with the heaviest ones, it is worth getting additional overlays or cushioning layers.

    The FG 350N gambeson is fastened with a zipper + velcro (so called double-closure), reaches to the middle of the thighs, and has slits on the sides. On the elbows there are additional mounting points for overlays, e.g. Shell or PRO. The collar has a blade-catcher.

    Fabric, used during making of this gambeson has 350N puncture resistance. This specially developed system of layers ensures endurance and mobility during HEMA training. The gambeson is cut off at the body so that its lower part rests on the hips. The sleeves (sewn in deeply) consist of 2 elements and have gussets under the armpits. This ensures maximum mobility during training. Structurally, this jacket is similar to the AP PLUS 350N. The filling is made of recycled felt. Cushioning layers in it are located on the chest, shoulders and elbows.

    Sizings within 'Additional Information' below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £176.67 Incl. Tax: £212.00

  • SPES FG Light HEMA Jacket 350N

    FG Light 350N was created on the basis of FG 350N and solutions used during the production of AP Light Plus 350N. It has slightly different properties from its prototype, but still refers to historical gambesons from the 15th century with its appearance.

    It is recommended for people training HEMA, regardless of their skills or advancement level. It is a very universal model that can become a base for creating light or heavy sparring sets. However, do not forget about additional overlays or plastrons, especially during the most intense sparrings.

    The FG Light jacket is fastened with a zipper + velcro (so called double-closure). Blade catcher is attached to the collar, and the elbows with special straps for overlays attaching, e.g. Shell or PRO. Compared to other SPES jackets, the FG is longer, reaches mid-thigh and has slits on the sides.

    This gambeson is made of 350N puncture resistant fabrics. A 3D spacer mesh was used for the production of the lining. Like the AP Light 350N, the FG jacket has pockets for additional foams (included with the jacket). They are modifiable: you can remove them, change their size or add additional cushioning layers.

    An important feature of this jacket is its lower weight (the lowest among the FG family). Breathable construction and high level of hygroscopicity are other features of this unique gambeson. You won't lose your mobility during training! If you are looking for a longer, lighter and very comfortable jacket which covers the thighs, the FG Light 350N is a top choice!

    Sizings within 'Additional Information' below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £161.66 Incl. Tax: £193.99

  • SPES FG Light HEMA Jacket 350N - Colour Options - Special Order

    FG Light 350N was created on the basis of FG 350N and solutions used during the production of AP Light Plus 350N. It has slightly different properties from its prototype, but still refers to historical gambesons from the 15th century with its appearance.

    It is recommended for people training HEMA, regardless of their skills or advancement level. It is a very universal model that can become a base for creating light or heavy sparring sets. However, do not forget about additional overlays or plastrons, especially during the most intense sparrings.

    The FG Light jacket is fastened with a zipper + velcro (so called double-closure). Blade catcher is attached to the collar, and the elbows with special straps for overlays attaching, e.g. Shell or PRO. Compared to other SPES jackets, the FG is longer, reaches mid-thigh and has slits on the sides.

    This gambeson is made of 350N puncture resistant fabrics. A 3D spacer mesh was used for the production of the lining. Like the AP Light 350N, the FG jacket has pockets for additional foams (included with the jacket). They are modifiable: you can remove them, change their size or add additional cushioning layers.

    An important feature of this jacket is its lower weight (the lowest among the FG family). Breathable construction and high level of hygroscopicity are other features of this unique gambeson. You won't lose your mobility during training! If you are looking for a longer, lighter and very comfortable jacket which covers the thighs, the FG Light 350N is a top choice!

    Sizings within 'Additional Information' below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £172.49 Incl. Tax: £206.99

  • HEMA Bastard Sword Starter Kit 3

    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
    Red Dragon Knee & Shin Protectors

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    Excl. Tax: £173.33 Incl. Tax: £208.00

  • SPES Renaissance Doublet 350n

    The Renaissance Doublet for HEMA came to existence with a view to meet the expectations of enthusiasts of HEMA jackets with a strong historical vibe. The design of our HEMA doublet refers to fencing doublets from the Renaissance period.

    This doublet is dedicated for HEMA training of light and medium intensity, with the use of light simulators like saber, messer, or rapier. It makes a perfect set of HEMA gear with our pants: Meyer or Light.

    Our HEMA doublet does not have much stitching and it has characteristic shoulder wings on sleeves and a segmented peplum. On the back it has an adjustable belt for better fitting to the waist. On the elbows it is equipped with mountings for Shell or PRO overlays. The doublet is fastened with velcro and zipper.

    Our interpretation of a Renaissance doublet is made from fabric of 350N puncture resistance. The peplum consists of 8 segments; the 2 on the front are slightly sheared. Jacket has a distance mesh lining. Just like our Attila jacket, the doublet has a front flap and special pockets with cushioning foams (included in the set).

    The design of our HEMA doublet refers to historical examples of arming and fencing doublets. This means it is perfectly fitted to body shape, emphasizing its triangular shape. What is more, wings on the sleeves visually expand the shoulders, underlining the torso. Apart from the great look, this jacket also provides good mobility - don’t wait and check it yourself!

    Sizings within 'Additional Information' below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £161.66 Incl. Tax: £193.99

  • SPES Renaissance Doublet 350n - Colour Options - Special Order

    The Renaissance Doublet for HEMA came to existence with a view to meet the expectations of enthusiasts of HEMA jackets with a strong historical vibe. The design of our HEMA doublet refers to fencing doublets from the Renaissance period.

    This doublet is dedicated for HEMA training of light and medium intensity, with the use of light simulators like saber, messer, or rapier. It makes a perfect set of HEMA gear with our pants: Meyer or Light.

    Our HEMA doublet does not have much stitching and it has characteristic shoulder wings on sleeves and a segmented peplum. On the back it has an adjustable belt for better fitting to the waist. On the elbows it is equipped with mountings for Shell or PRO overlays. The doublet is fastened with velcro and zipper.

    Our interpretation of a Renaissance doublet is made from fabric of 350N puncture resistance. The peplum consists of 8 segments; the 2 on the front are slightly sheared. Jacket has a distance mesh lining. Just like our Attila jacket, the doublet has a front flap and special pockets with cushioning foams (included in the set).

    The design of our HEMA doublet refers to historical examples of arming and fencing doublets. This means it is perfectly fitted to body shape, emphasizing its triangular shape. What is more, wings on the sleeves visually expand the shoulders, underlining the torso. Apart from the great look, this jacket also provides good mobility - don’t wait and check it yourself!

    Sizings within 'Additional Information' below.

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

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    Excl. Tax: £172.49 Incl. Tax: £206.99

  • Kingston Arms Federschwert

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    Based on a period original fencing sword now located in Switzerland, the Kingston Arms Federschwert is a well updated version of the feder originally offered by Hanwei in 2010. This sword now features a much more robust blade from tang to tip as well as a tougher cord wrapped grip.

    In our testing, it holds up well to paired drilling as well as more spirited free play sessions. Re-developed in conjunction with several HEMA groups around the US this updated Federschwert provides an affordable and reliable training sword for longsword fencing practice.

    Overall: 129.54cm
    Blade Length: 96.52cm
    Handle Length: 31.75cm
    Weight: 1672g
    Point of Balance: 9cm
    Thickness at Guard: 8mm
    Thickness at Tip: 2.5mm
    Blade Steel: 5160
    Handle Material: Cord
    Scabbard: None

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

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    Excl. Tax: £162.50 Incl. Tax: £195.00

  • HEMA Messer Starter Kit 3

    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
    Red Dragon Knee & Shin Protectors

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    Excl. Tax: £173.33 Incl. Tax: £208.00

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