What You Need
Equipment and Gear
Purchasing fencing equipment can be tough in the beginning.
So let's begin with the two types of modern fencing equipment.
Electric - Electric fencing is used in competitions. Weapons are electrified and a scoring machine is present. This developed because
fencing was too fast to track everything that happens between touches(cutting or stabbing one's opponent before you are cut or stabbed
yourself). To compete in any competition, you must bring electric equipment.
Dry - Equipment contains no wiring and used typically in practice. Instructors find it effective to start out beginners with dry equipment to learn
the basics and then work them up to fencing each other with electric equipment. Dry weapons usually have rubber tips also.
Mask - Most important piece of equipment. It covers and protects your head and neck region. Required for fencing. Metallic finish
(exposed metal) for sabre. Foil - small metallic section on the bib. Epee-no metal.
Fencing Jackets - Thicker jackets made to keep the athlete's torso from being punctured. Can be unisex or gender specific. Can also be made
right or left handed. Practice or competition, you must use a jacket if you desire to use any fence.
Fencing Pants(breeches/knickers) - Designed for the same purpose as a fencing jacket, but for the waist down. They cover the knee. Unisex
or gender specific. Right or left handed as well. Not required for practice, required for competitions.
Underarm Protector(Plastron) - Worn inside the fencer's jacket on their weapon arm(what hand you fence with) for added protection. Right or
left handed. Can be unisex or gender specific also.Required for practice and competition.
Chest Protector - Hard plastic coverings for your chest. Gender specific. A required for female athletes. Good for dispersing force of impact from
weapon strikes. Typically the most affordable form of protection available.
Lame (foil/sabre)- Pronounced like "La-may"-metallic jacket used for marking the target area(legal area to hit to gain a touch) on the opponent.
For sabre - full jacket; area is the upper half of the body. For Foil - a vest; area is just the torso and not the arms. Jackets are made right or left
handed as well.
Bodycords - Essential to electric fencing. The weapon doesn't work without the body cord. They are made weapon-specific. Body cords are worn
under the jacket for epee and foil fencing and under the lame for sabre fencing and hook from the weapon to the scoring system.
Fencing glove - A fencing glove for your fencing hand is required for practice and competition. Fencing gloves provide the necessary protection
for your hand to cope with fencing. Please us a fencing glove for fencing every time.