A BUYING GUIDE FOR FENCING EQUIPMENT & GEAR
You want to be a fencer. You have the passion, the skills, and the dedication. But do you have the equipment? That's a question worth asking because the wrong equipment can make fencing more difficult than it needs to be. In this blog post, we'll walk you through everything you need to know in order to buy the right fencing equipment and gear.
Fencing is a sport that has been around for centuries, and it is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is a physical and mental game that requires split-second decisions, keen eyesight, and reflexes. The object of the game is to score points by making contact with your opponent with your sword.
There are three main types of fencing: épée, foils, and Sabres.
Épée: The épée is a heavier sword than the foil or Sabre. It is also the only fencing weapon in which hits can be scored anywhere on the body.
Foils: The foil is a lighter sword than the épée or Sabre. It has a small oval hand-guard that covers only part of the hand. Hits can be scored with the point of the blade only on the front or back of the torso.
Sabres: The Sabre is similar to the foil in weight and hand-guard size. hits can be scored with both edge and point on any part of the body above and including the hips.
When selecting your weapon, you should consider your height, weight, grip size, and preferred playing style before making a purchase decision. Once you have selected your weapon, you will need to purchase protective gear. This includes items such as gloves, jackets, underarm protectors (also known as plastrons), lames (the metal jacket that covers part of your weapon), breeches or knickers, socks, footwear, mask, and chest protectors for women fencers.
You will also need to purchase training gear such as practice swords (also known as foils), lungers (a device used for practicing footwork), targets, lead weights (to add weight to your practice sword), wire strippers (to repair electrical equipment), tape (to repair broken blades), clippers (for maintaining electrical equipment), armory oil (to lubricate moving parts on your weapons), chewing gum or rosin (for maintaining grip on your weapon), chalk (for marking boundaries on the strip), water bottles, first-aid kit ,and cold packs . All of this equipment is essential for becoming a successful fencer.
Conclusion:If you're looking for a sport that is both challenging and rewarding, then fencing may be the perfect fit for you. As you can see, there is a lot of equipment needed in order to fence correctly and safely. We hope that this guide was helpful in outlining what you need to get started. If you have any questions about any of the equipment listed here or about fencing in general, please don't hesitate to contact us! We would be more than happy to chat with you about this wonderful sport. And if you decide that fencing is right for you, make sure to check out our website for all the latest gear from American Fencing Gear
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