Basic necessary equipment
CRITICAL GEAR - The equipment that you need to fence
There are a few pieces of equipment that are necessary to have fun and safely spar with fellow fencers. This is the minimum safety gear and the weapon necessary to play.
If you are a student that has gone through our (or almost any club's) beginner classes, you will recognize this gear as the same type of clothing that you used that was provided by the club. That list is as follows:
- Weapon (Foil, Epee, Sabre depending on which event you are practicing)
Important note: There is a company in England that makes plastic fencing equipment that is for teaching very young children who are not capable of using full size, real fencing equipment. These plastic materials are NOT compatible with Olympic fencing with steel weapons as using them together poses a very real safety issue. It is important to make sure that if you are buying equipment, especially for children, you are purchasing weapons and masks that are proper for use with steel fencing equipment. Please feel free to inquire of your instructors if you are unsure if you are looking at these plastic masks or not before buying.
BUYING - Starter Sets
Most vendors have Starter Sets that can be purchased that will incorporate a variety of equipment that can range from just the basics to a full compliment of all the gear a competitive fencer will need for tournaments. Generally, the sets are going to be 20%-30% less expensive than purchasing the gear a la carte.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FENCING EQUIPMENT
All prices listed for beginner sets of equipment are listed from the price for a Basic 4pc Foil Set ranging to a Basic 4pc Sabre Set.
A 4pc set includes a practice weapon, a mask, a glove, and a jacket.
Generally set prices will be between 20-30% less expensive than if you were to buy the pieces of the set individually from the supplier.
Prices may not be accurate, as they are only occasionally checked for currency, but are intended to be an indicator of cost from one equipment provider to another.
Please note: Some websites offer beginner sets that only include the uniforms, for fencers that already have weapon(s) and do not need any additional ones.
All equipment providers have sets ranging from the cheapest to the higher quality equipment and also offer sets that include additional pieces (such as fencing bags or pants) and also sets for electric (competition) equipment. For the purpose of this resource all pricing is listed as like items, as much as possible.
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