As in any activity, participation in HEMA comes with a wide range of required and supplemental equipment at various price points. We do not cover all available equipment below, but only some of the gear we recommend to our clubs. We keep limited loaner equipment on hand for new members, but we highly recommend that everyone purchase their own gear as soon as they feel they are ready to commit.
For general training, a steel blunt or a synthetic is a must have. Helmets and gloves are important, but you cannot solo practice adequately without a weapon. Steel has become increasingly popular as the go to option for most prominent groups, but also comes with a higher price point and more maintenance. The only synthetic sword we recommend will last for years, and we still keep them on hand as introductory tools, loaners, and some types of sparring.
- Chest protectors
- Throat protection (hocky equipment, historical gorgets, Absolute Force neck protector)
- Elbow and knee pads or shin guards
- Back of the head protection (slipped on or built in to a mask)