DISCLAIMER: Massachusetts Historical Swordsmanship is not legally associated with Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy or Worcester Fencing Club. MHS is a community of fencers taught by Dr. Ken Mondschein and "the community" is not affiliated legally with either club. Classes are offered separately through MHS and PVFA.

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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

While we do not require equipment for first few lessons, students should eventually purchase their own protective equipment. We have compiled a list of the suggested items to use in our classes. Students are not restricted to these specific items but for safety reasons they should consult the coach before using an item in class that is not by a brand on our list. 

Read this before purchasing anything!

  • "Do not be tempted to buy a sword first! It's not the first thing you need!" - we have plenty of loaner weapons!

  • Gear should be purchased in order of safety importance: Mask and back of the head protector, Gloves, Gorget, Jacket, Weapons.

  • If you are using thrusting weapons and/or wearing a light jacket you need a chest protector.

  • When it comes to shoes look for a pair that has soft soles and allows you to move quickly. You do not want a shoe with a thick sole that is not made for side to side motion, such as a typical running shoe. Consider purchasing fencing shoes, volleyball shoes, or indoor soccer shoes. Some popular ones are Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81, Adidas Sambas, Ascis Gel Rocket, and Adidas D'Artagnan.

  • Our club colors are WHITE (for jackets) and BLACK (for pants)

Masks + Accessories

Absolute fencing 3-weapon Mask w/Removable Lining (requires an additional back of head protector)

$65

Absolue Fencing Basic HEMA Mask w/Removable Lining (requires an additional back of head protector)

$65

Absolue Fencing Deluxe HEMA Mask w/attatched Back of the Head Protector

$109
 

SPES Vectir Occipital overlay (back of the head protector)

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$35
 

PBT HEMA Fencing Back of the Head Protector

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$65

SPES “Unity” Mask Overlay Pro (back of the head protector)

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$80

Gloves

$189

SPES Heavy gauntlets (for longsword)

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$220

Sparring Gloves (Mitten/Fechtschule Gdansk) (for longsword)

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$180-200

Neyman Trigger Gloves (for longsword)

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$11 (Per glove. Order one for each hand!)

Absolute Standard 3-W Washable Glove (for rapier)

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Gorgets

$170

Leon Paul HEMA Gorget

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$42

Absolute Force HEMA Deluxe Gorget

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Jackets

$209

SPES AP Jacket (for longsword)

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$199

SPES Officers Jacket (for rapier, sabre, etc. NOT LONGSWORD!)

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$400

"ARCEM" Black Armory Jacket

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Pants

$52

Absolute HEMA Black Pants w/Extra Padding

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$119

SPES Locust pants

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Elbow, Knee, and Shins

$20

SPES “Shell” Shin Protectors

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$22

SPES “Shell” Elbow Protectors

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$36.99

Absolute Force Elbow pads

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$35

Destroyer Modz Forearm protectors “Kool Beanz”

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$52

Neyman Bracers

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$85

Neyman Leg Guards

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Additional Protection

$27

Absolute Chest Protector (Women's)

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$27

Absolute Chest Protector (Men's)

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$50

Purpleheart Liner (with Gel Inserts) for a Helmet or Fencing Mask

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$14

SPES Fingertip Protectors (for inserting into gloves)

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Federschwerter

$350

Castille Armory V5 Feder (Ask for the F3 blade, the F4 HEMA blade is too stiff)

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$375

Regenyei Standard Feder (with rolled tip)

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$375

Regenyei Short Feder (for those under 5'6", with rolled tip.)

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$269

VB Steel Feder Revision A

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Rapiers

$325

Darkwood Economy Rapier

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$225

Castille basic rapier w/ standard quillion block and spatulated tip

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Sabres

$145

Castille Italian Dueling Sabre

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$260

Darkwood Italian Dueling Sabre

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