The MEMAG uniform is designed to create a professional look and feel while training, increase focus in class, better simulate historical clothing, and create a sense of club and guild identity. The basic uniform consists of a ¾ length sleeve cotton shirt with the club and guild’s logo and name, and plain white or black knickers. Knee-high socks in solid black, yellow, and/or red, or under-armor type thermal tights are recommended for training in cold weather. Thin-soled shoes or boots are recommended but not madatory.
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Students are required to have in the first year of their training the following items: Fencing mask, Gloves, Gambeson and Steel training sword. To help with locating these items here are some links to online vendors.
The practitioner will need heavily padded gloves for free play. Currently the recommended starter gloves are Hockey or Lacrosse gloves.
AF HEMA Fighter Gloves: While great for light to medium contact free play, The down side to Hockey or Lacrosse gloves is a Federschwert can slip between the joints of the fingers and the older (more used) the Hockey or Lacrosse gloves get, the softer the padding gets.
More models of gloves for harder free play are coming out on the market. One of the more affordable pairs is the AF HEMA Fighter Gloves: This gauntlet offers serious protection and mobility to those who need it! A deeply bifurcated finger shell, lobster tail (3 Finger Style) articulation and a reinforced thumb make our glove a force to be reckoned with. Available through http://www.afinternationalsporting.com or Purpleheart Armoury
Heavy Grade 3-W mask: One of the more afforable fencing masks Fencing.net
AF HEMA Protective Helmet: This specially made HEMA Helmet by Absolute Force comes with Leather Cover as well as a zippered back head protector for extra protection. www.afinternationalsporting.com
PBT Fencing Head Protection: Mask covering that provides full coverage for back of head with leather covering. Distributed through Purpleheart Armoury
Gambesons/HEMA Fencing Jackets
GDFB Arming Jacket: Arming Jacket - AB158
Absolute Force Black Leather Fencing Jacket : Developed by Absolute Force The specially made washable Leather Jacket is designed for HEMA players. It has an elastic back panel for flexibility and comfort. Shoulder, forearm, flank and other areas are reinforced with extra padding for additional protection. A optional velco belt is included for a better fit. www.afinternationalsporting.com
PBT Fencing Jacket: Perfect mobility and protection at the same time in this great hit-absorption jacket. Standard jackets come with removable padded inserts and viscoelastic shoulder pads. Distributed through Purpleheart Armoury
SPES Axel Jacket: 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: 2 layers of cotton, one protective layer, and 1 layer of cotton lining. The jacket was tested at many seminars since 9/11/11 by Axel Pettersson and others. Distributed through Purpleheart Armoury
Absolute Force Black Fencing Pants: Works in conjunction with the Absolute Force Black Leather Fencing Jacket. Black Fabric Pants is specially made for HEMA players with extra protection for the hip area. www.afinternationalsporting.com
This will be the most used and most expensive piece of training equipment. We have compiled a list of Federschwerts that MEMAG will allow ranging from inexpensive to top of line and if needed comments about each one. The links are for product identification and unless noted do not always represent the best price
Low to Mid Range
Hanwei Practical Bastard Sword Comments: Good intro Federschwert, the blade is a little heavy.
Hanwei Federschwert (2nd Generation) Comments: The 1st Generation model was light but fine (it's the one in our pics). We have experienced to many blades breaking from the 2nd Generation to allow it for training
High Range (Highly recommended)
Albion The Liechtenauer Comments: Great Federschwert.
Albion The Meyer Comments: One of the most if not most popular Federschwert among German practioners.
Arms and Armor Fechterspiel Sword, Arms and Armor Fechterspiel Sword (training grade) Comments: Another canidate most popular Federschwert among German practioners.The Fechtbuch tends to have a stiffer blade, better for Harnischfechten(Armoured combat), the Fechterspiel has some flex to it making it better suited for Blossfechten(Unarmored combat).
Regenyei Armoury, Hungarian maker of Federschwerts Comments: Regenyei Armory is a very popular European manufacture that started to distribute stateside over the last few years. His American distributer is Scott Brown: email@example.com.
Purpleheart Armoury Type III Synthetic Swords Comments: For Free play/ Bouting only, not recommended for training.
Pros: The balance and weight is more realistic than the Hanwei Federschwert and safer if they break.
Cons: The edge is very slippery and makes winding difficult.