ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sport Fencing Equipment Used

Updated on February 23, 2009

Sport Fencing Equipment

How to Choose Fencing Equipment

Sport Fencing Equipment Used

Whoever designed the modern fencer’s uniform must have been a genius in the line of Valentino Garavani. Nowhere is the modern athlete more fashionably dressed than on the piste, such functional and yet so fashionably smart the fencer’s uniform is. No wonder then that the uniform has been made part of at least one Double O-Seven movie and a Mercedes Benz ad. But there’s more to fencing equipment than only the all-white ensemble. The modern fencer’s basic sport fencing gear consists of the following:

Fencing Jacket

Nobody gets skewered or sliced into two in a fencing bout, all three weapons – foil, epee, sabre – having their points blunted or foiled, and, while touches are scored using the sabre’s blade, this will not cut. Still, accidents might happen, making it prudent to have protective clothing just the same.

The basic 350NW uniforms are more than sufficient for fencers starting out. These are either made of cotton or synthetic material, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Cotton, while less expensive, is heavier and warmer, making the lighter synthetic ones preferable, if you can roll with the higher price. Should you opt for the synthetic jacket, choose one made of ballistic nylon.

Fencing jackets are tight-fitting, long-sleeved, high-collared affairs usually extending below the groin and fastened on the side opposite the weapon hand. They come with a padded underarm protector and, for the ladies, round, padded breast protectors.


In medieval Europe jousting knights would spar wearing elaborate headgear often ornamented with their lady’s favor, a scarf, for instance. These days we don’t have that anymore, but we have more-- the modern fencer’s mask which, at its sexiest, covers not only the face but much of the head and the neck as well, its black color giving a very nice contrast with the all-white uniform and shoes. It comes with a padded bib.

Of course, the wire mesh mask is there also for protection of the head, neck, and face so choose a mask that’s generously padded, won’t press on the top of the head or chin, and fits snugly without constricting. It must be able to withstand around 25 pounds of force. There are standard (or non-FIE) masks, and these are good enough for purely fencing use, but you might opt for FIE internationally- rated and approved models for the extra protection and glam.


Only the weapon hand is gloved, the other is bare. The glove is worn on the weapon hand and covers it up to around halfway up the forearm with extra padding on the backhand. Non-electric gloves are less expensive, but you might want to have the glove with a Velcro cuff used in electric fencing. Connecting your body cord to your electric weapon is that much easier with a Velcro cuff. Gloves are available in small, medium, or large sizes. If you want, you can have one that fits your size for a little extra, money well-spent, all for a better fit.

White Pants

The popular ones are knickers worn with above-the-calf white socks.

Fencing Shoes

Perhaps the most debated article of clothing is the shoes for the simple reason that there seems to be no universally-accepted, uniform fencing shoes, each seasoned fencer having his own favorite. The variety is indeed amazing. It can range from shoe brands especially made for fencing all the way to racquetball shoes, aerobics shoes, and, hold your breath now, golf shoes with spikes and all! And perhaps for good reason. Fencers place premium on lightness, support, and traction. Fencing footwork can be very demanding, even more demanding than perhaps basketball or soccer, and any foot covering which delivers these features would be welcome. Some fencers prefer tennis shoes while others wingtips. Even futsal (indoor soccer) shoes are commissioned. Here are brands mentioned in forums: Onitsuka Tigers, ClimaCool Feathers, Asics Gel Rocket III racquetball shoes, Hi-tec Scimitar, PBT Fortuna Low Tops.


Aside from the basic equipment, there’s a whole lot more you’ll find useful in fencing stores. You might break a blade and would need a spare blade. You might need tools to enable you to test your blades and fix your own. Or you might simply want to upgrade to more glamorous brands. After all fencing is one such glamorous sport.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Mahboob Ul Kariman 

      8 years ago


      Maxpro is Maunfacture of Fencing product, Medieval/Period Time product, Boxing Product etc.We made product with quality in budget of valued customer.Kindly vist our URL. you can also e-mail us at

    • profile image

      Sydney Chen 

      9 years ago

      we are a professional manufacturer of fencing equipment manufacturers entities in china, Just e-mail to me via for detailed product list if you want to import them


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)