Re: rapier fencing gear
- Greetings! Minimum Society wide standard is "i. The front and top of
the head must be covered by rigid material to below the jaw line and
behind the ears. Standard 12 kg fencing masks are known to meet this
standard. If built to this standard, fencing helms are also acceptable."
per the "Society for Creative Anachronism, inc Rapier Marshal's
Handbook" Pg. 7 Link to the handbook is below.
However, as you have been told before, you're kingdom may have more
stringent requirements. In other words you may need to have a better
mask than the society minimum standard. The two kingdoms that I fence
in regularly, Northshield and Middle Kingdom, both hold to the society
I am all for the beginner mantra of, "get the best equipment they can
afford." Keep in mind though that while there is great cheap stuff out
there that you check with a fully authorized marshal of your kingdom
BEFORE purchasing anything if you are buying stuff for the first time.
If you don't have a marshal nearby to ask, you should be able to e-mail
a nearby marshal who has answers. Some examples of places to look for
the appropriate marshal (rapier, heavy, thrown weapons etc.) Your local
groups website, local barony or province's website, local principality's
website and last, and certainly the kingdom authority, your kingdom
rapier marshal should be able to be found on your kingdom website. Any
of which will likely be happy to make sure you get good safe equipment
in lines with the standards of your kingdom.
Safety first. Always safety first. If you don't know, don't get it.
It isn't worth getting hurt to get started sooner.
Having looked at the website, I do not recognize it. Also I personally
do not know if 400 newtons is equivalent to a 12 kg mask. I can say
however that cloth fencing armor (commercial "spectra" not our handmade
stuff) is required in Middle Kingdom to be a minimum of 500 newtons or
Again, check with a marshal. Start as local as you can, and if you
either can't find them or reach them, then go up the chain until you get
Ian the Green
--- In email@example.com, "Cailin Mac Ruadrhi"
> Hey, just had a quick question about the legality of this fencing
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> I don't really know anyone who's bought from them so any info on the
> gear or the company would be greatly appreciated.
> Cailin Mac Ruadhri