Equipment
Selection of fencing equipment is a key issue among coaches, parents and fencers. When purchasing and fitting fencing equipment, the fencer should be adequately protected and the uniform should allow freedom of movement to properly perform the necessary skills.

A full set of fencing equipment can be purchased for a relatively reasonable cost. You need not buy the most expensive equipment for your child to be protected and enjoy the sport. You may inquire at your local fencing club to see if used equipment is available. Properly maintained equipment can normally be resold. Some clubs may provide basic equipment for their novice classes.

Your child does NOT need to own FIE equipment. FIE equipment is only required for international events.
 
Following is a list of minimum required equipment. Make sure your child has the necessary equipment. Check weapons to make sure they are working before you leave for the tournament. Don’t go to any event with non‐working weapons. While it may seem compulsive, your child should check them again upon arrival; equipment can be affected by travel.
 

Epees can have either a Pistol Grip or a French Grip.  Many beginners prefer to start out on a Pistol Grip.  If you are not sure which grip to choose, you may try out both using one of the club's epees during practice before making a purchase.

  • Mask (sewn‐in bib, must pass 12K punch test)
  • Underarm protector
  • Breast Protector (mandatory for women)
  • Jacket (no holes, must close in back or opposite weapon arm)
  • Knickers (no holes, must close in back or opposite weapon arm, must be overlapped by jacket by at least four inches.
  • Glove (no holes except for body cord. Must cover approximately half the forearm)
  • Long socks (School Colors, must reach bottom of your knickers)
  • Fencing shoes or sneakers
  • Minimum two working weapons (epees must pass weight and shim test)
  • Minimum two working body cords
  • Fencing bag (to carry your equipment in)
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel and plastic bag to hold wet equipment
  • Tool Kit (screwdrivers for tip and pommel, spare screws, springs, Allen wrenches, small white cloth to use at base, small magnet, flashlight)
  • Test Box and weight and shims will help avoid penalties on the strip for nonworking equipment
Download a list of our equipment recommendations.