Things to Note
When buying equipment:
Vendors usually make and sell their own equipment
Vendors provide other makers' brands and may sell their own branded equipment(including weapons) .
If you're unsure about fencing, cheaper equipment or starter sets are highly recommended.
Many companies offer them.
The "N" is for Newtons - Amount of puncture force that a fencing garment(jacket,
pants,mask bib, plastron) can take is measured by Newtons.
The FIE, has certain Newton standards for equipment allowed in international tournaments.
Vendors will note what's FIE certified in their stores or on their websites.
This equipment standard exists for quaity and safety .
Costs than non-FIE gear, but typically lasts much longer.
If you don't have fencing socks, any sort of long, sportsocks will work (soccer, volleyball, etc.).
Make sure they are long enough with your pants to cover your knee. Fencing socks
are relatively cheap to purchase in any case.
Fencing shoes are recommended. If you can't get fencing shoes, racquetball,
and volleyball shoes are often times recommended as replacements.
If you take good care of your fencing equipment and weapons, they will take care of you. It's not uncommon for
fencing equipment to last as long as 15-20 years before needing to be replaced.
Always take the body measurements each fencing brand asks you to take before buying any equipment first.
After that, double check to be safe. Including the fencing glove.
The Name and country printing service that a fencing company offers is done to note who you are at tournaments.
Name is for local country tournaments. Country printing is for international tournaments. Service is completely optional.
Required for tournaments however.
It is much easier, after you purchase a weapon, to buy replacement parts and fix your them when they break.
This saves you an extreme amount of money over time. Find someone at a club to teach you or go online and practice
Different things work for different people, find what you like and works for you.