Equipment Recommendations

SCHOOL COLORS:

White jackets
White or light grey plain t-shirt
Charcoal grey pants, knickers or skirt
Solid Black shoes and black socks

Please remember that you get what you pay for. I have recommended the following items in different price ranges but have always listed them in the order that I recommend. Please note that the prices list may have changed.

There are new items coming out everyday, so if you find something you like please let me know and I will evaluate if it is useable.

The preference for Mask, Jacket and Pants/Knickers is Zen Warrior Armory (aka Triplette). All the details are here.

If I have said go to Blue Gauntlet, here is the sheet I mentioned to bring with you.

Masks  

Make sure that your mask has a tongue. Some are now made without and just have a round circle in the back.

Leon Paul

These two masks have the traditional tongue. Do not purchase their contour-fit-system as you will not be allowed to use it at the Academy.
FIE Traditional Epee Mask Ref: 280 $199.00
Arena Traditional Epee Mask $132.00

Blue Gauntlet

Uhlmann 350N 3 Weapon fencing mask model M002 $129.00

Triplette Competition Arms (a/k/a Zen Warrior Armory)

2001 TCA FIE Mask 1600 NW $105.95
1999 Triplette Weapon Mask (removable and washable inner bib liner) $89.50
Moser Classic Mask – Mask made to Instructor Moser’s criteria:
All ordering and sizing information can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lIKcUifg5fbX7sg0esejc7_7570yVPMxv36G9fcuPDg/

RADICAL FENCING
RF PBT Epee Mask FIE 1600/1000N Price $195.00
RF PR Prieur FIE Approved Stainless Steel 1600N Epee Mask Insulated Regular price $200.00

ABSOLUTE FENCING GEAR
Negrini FIE mask: 2018 Epee # 12011 Regular price $227.00

Jackets 

Zen Warrior Armory

Classical Fencing jacket. Reg: $82.50-102.50 for the regular jacket.

They are making a Moser Classic Jacket but to order speak to me first. You will need to call Starla at (336) 835-7774 (Do NOT order online!). You will have to provide them with certain measurements which are listed here.

Longsword/Sidesword Jacket. Reg: $229

A custom made jacket is acceptable; however you should first discuss this with your teacher to make sure your choice is appropriate.
NO NYLON on any part of the jacket.

Pants

Pants/knickers must be a charcoal grey and a fabric that is easy to move in. It is difficult to find a good source so people have come up with some inventive ways to get them.

Zen Warrior (aka Triplette) makes custom knickers  and Pants from a grey twill material.
To order, call 336-835-7774 and ask for Starla to order the “Moser Classic Pants.” Do not place your order with anybody else since they don’t have the information necessary to take your order.
Do NOT place your order online as this item is not available on their website! Their website shows similar pants but not this exact one! You will have to provide them with certain measurements which are listed here.

HISTORICAL EMPORIUM Callahan Dress Trousers – Charcoal. This link is the only one that will work for Class

Wrangler has an inexpensive option. Make sure to get “Midnight” for the color and confirm they are 98% Cotton 2% Spandex. There are other versions online that are Nylon and those will not work.

Fencing Skirts are acceptable for ladies and can be had in variable lengths. Please make certain it gets hemmed to just below the knee and you’ll need stockings so there is no exposed skin.

Gloves

A glove for the armed hand is required for the classical weapons.
Gloves for both hands are required for the Historical weapons and sabre.
The cuff of the glove must go over and cover the sleeve by at least three inches. Gloves can be
white, beige, or of a light solid color.
*Gloves that have bright red, blue, etc on the palms or back of the hand are not permitted.

ABSOLUTE FENCING
Absolute Standard 3-W Washable Glove (XS ~ XL) 31001 $11.00
Absolute soft leather 3-W glove $22.00
BLUE GAUNTLET
G003 BG soft leather 3-weapon GLOVE. Reg: $20.00
LEON PAUL USA
Product Ref: G126 (men’s) $36.50
Product Ref: G126L (womens’s) $33.60
RADICAL FENCING
RF PR Prieur 3-Weapons Leather and 350N Fabric Glove, $47.00
TRIPLETTE COMPETITION ARMS
G7671 Saber/Foil Glove $12.95 (found under leather gloves)
Seamless Index Finger Glove $18.00 (found under washable gloves)
LEATHER GLOVES ONLINE
“Enforcer” leather gauntlets $68.95 (Buy only the white version)
CHESTER JEFFERIES
“Superior” style in the section of motorcycle gloves: 70 British pounds

Shoes & Socks

Solid black Shoes Only
Look for indoor soccer or tennis shoes, walking shoes, etc. Try to find shoes with good heel
support that are not clunky. Basketball sneakers are not appropriate. Fencing shoes should not be worn outside as street shoes. NO black sneakers that have bright or white color soles, stripes, or logos etc. Non-marking soles only.

Solid black socks
Socks for knickers can be baseball or soccer socks. Women can also wear black tights.
*NO socks with corporate logos visible.

Bags

Cavalier Attitudes produces a great soft sided bag for classical/historical fencers. Specifications are listed here and colors/orders are here.  Reg: $75 (may offer me a discount for more than one so talk to me first).

SKB has a wonderful hard case for travel. It has a lifetime warranty so it is a great investment. There are several case that will work but I use the SKB ATA Standard Golf Travel Case.  Reg $229, but the link has them for $194.

Plastrons/Sleeves/Addtl Protection

Absolute Fencing Underarm protector: Cotton underarm protector 23001. Reg. $16.00

Triplette Heavy Cotton Underarm Protector #UA-164, $19.50
If you order by phone you can request the underarm plastron be made with NO external label/logo.

Women’s Chest Protector: Triplette #1782 Plastic Chest Plate Protector. Reg. $34.50

Absolute Men’s Chest Guard $27.00

Epee Sleeves – Blue Gauntlet Cotton Padded Sleeve. Reg $26

Longsword/Sidesword Mask Overlay – Spes “Unity” Leather Mask Overlay Pro. Reg $79

Weapons

Classical French Foils, Epees & Sabres
Benjamin Arms – He has apprenticed with Maestro Martinez to produce amazing classical fencing weapons. If buying your first foil you need to buy the The Classical French Foil.

Classical Sabres
AFS Pecoraro sabre – Steel guard, S-2000 blade, ambidextrous. Item #590S.
$80.00

Rapiers
Zen Warrior Armory – The Dennis Graves Spanish Rapier is affordable and great quality for the price. Can be used for Spanish or Italian rapier training. Talk to me about blade length prior to ordering.

Longswords
Arms & Armor Fechtbuch Sword is recommended. It’s beautiful but expensive.

CAS Iberia Longsword trainers – While these are not ideal, they are less than half the price of the ones I recommend above. Other options are the Tinker Longsword and Tinker Bastard sword. Please contact me to order this.

Training Knives
Cold Steel Rubber Training Knives – For our purposes the Bowie Trainer is the best one to purchase, but you can also get the “Black Bear Classic” or “Military Classic”. I recommend doing a group order to save on shipping.

The most inexpensive place I’ve found is here.

Aluminum trainers from Keen Edge Knives.

Stunt Gear

Back Protector
For an inexpensive option check out the Bilt Arma+ CE Back Protector which is $40 plus shipping.

Elbow/Knee Pads
There are tons of cheap options but I really like the POC Joint VPD 2.0 and here are the elbows and knees.

Better pads can be had at G-Forms and they often have sales running.

Ladies, Stunt Bumpers is the company I mentioned. You can get individual pieces or their starter kit, which covers almost everything.

Stunt Listings

Stunt Listings is a free site (for now). Get listed on that.

Stunt Contact is a subscription based breakdown but does require Sag-Aftra membership to order it.

XctionBiz is a decent one – not as reliable as Stunt Contact but you can also add yourself to their database and you can join as long as you pay the monthly fee.