Recommended Gear

Our students, friends, and colleagues often ask us what kind of equipment we use and where we purchased it from. The following products are suggested by us because we like them, have used them, and have had positive interactions with their sellers. Choosing safety equipment and sparring gear is a bit like purchasing a pair of shoes - one size does not fit all and what is comfortable and safe for one person may not be for another. These products have worked for many of our coaches and students but we do not officially endorse (or guarantee the safety of) any of the products below. 




"Fighting with the German Longsword" by Christian Henry Tobler is the "go to" recommended reading for  students looking to reinforce the concepts and techniques learned in class. 

Gambesons by Quilted Armour

Contact Yefimova Nataliya, via facebook messenger, for questions and purchases

Unarmored Gloves 

Decent for light and controlled longsword practice. Best to be used with finger caps (see next row). 

Tip: Runs Large! Size XXS fits a glove size close to an 8. 

Finger Protection 

Tinker Pearce Sword 

An excellent starter sword! 


A top quality sword for those looking to invest. 

This is the preferred sword of Scott, our head instructor. 

Castille - Build Your Own Longsword

Great quality swords with customizable options. 

That Guy's Gorgets

Protect your throat! 

Both Team Touche Fencing Academy and LionHeart, where we practice, sell fencing masks on site. We highly recommend you purchase them there. 

However, if you are looking to purchase a more protective mask for general HEMA use outside of our classes this is an excellent option. 

Turn Shoes

The men's and women's turn shoes are exactly the same. If your'e a woman and they're out of your size, just size down 1.5 sizes and buy the men's. Men, do the reverse. 

Period Leggings

Cotton breathable pants with a loop around the foot. These are fairly loose fitting leggings and as a result, pass the squat test. 

Back of Head Protection

Has the additional benefit of making a semi loose mask more snug. 

Back of Head Protection

Provides some extra throat protection in addition to a gorget (do not use with out a gorget).