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  • Chainmail - The Oldest Form of Armour

    Chainmail or simply referred to as 'mail' is a type of armour made of small metal rings linking together in a pattern to form a mesh. The origins of chainmail can be dated as far back as the 4th Century BC, with the earliest example of ‘surviving mail’ being found in a chieftain's burial located in Romania. The concept of chainmail was said to have been created by the Celts but some believe it was thought up a lot earlier, taking inspiration from scaled armour. Scaled armour consists of many individual small armour scales (plates) of various shapes attached to each other and to a backing of cloth or leather. The scales can be made from horn or iron but were said to not be as flexible as chainmail armour and does not offer the same amount of coverage. Chainmail armour provided an effective defence against slashing blows by edged weapons and penetration...

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  • How To Display Your Sword

    Wall Display Sword Display Plaque Use our Art Gladius display plaque to add an aspect of grandeur to any wall. With this plaque ranging from small, medium and large, it can accommodate many swords from small Rapiers to large Claymores. The plaque attaches to the wall using screws and has three brass fittings to hold the sword in place. Universal Sword Mount/Hanger This is the best option if you wish to invisibly hang your sword on the wall. Our “scissor” style sword mount holds around the blade of your sword for a secure fit. These mounts hold the sword flat against the wall and will only work with swords that have a cross guard to balance on the hooks.  Shield Sword Mount Display your sword in style with a choice of shields from Templar, Richard the Lionheart and the Royal England shield. Crafted from wood and hand-painted, these shield mounts make a...

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  • Are you choosing the right HEMA gear?

    As the manufacturer of Red Dragon HEMA equipment and clothing, we take safety within HEMA seriously and operate to the highest of standards. We are constantly asked by HEMA beginners what equipment they should buy and what would work best with the activity they are doing. In this blog, we will try and advise on what is best. Each individual has their own assessment of what suits them best when it comes to HEMA gear. This makes it confusing for the beginner as different sources say different answers. The two main properties when it comes to HEMA gear are: - Puncture Resistance (Newtons) - Pain Reduction during hits   As stated previously, the level of protection you will want completely depends on your personal preference and your fighting style. For example, you may choose a lightweight fencing jacket for sparring or a more protective Gambeson for heavy fighting – there...

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  • HEMA vs Isolation

    We all know by now COVID-19 or Coronavirus has swept through many countries, forcing people to stay in their homes or to social distance themselves from others. As this has meant that many group activities, such as HEMA gatherings, have been cancelled until further notice, we wanted to show you how you can use this time productively and safely. Training at Home Most of you are in isolation at home right now but this doesn’t mean you have to give up your training and stop improving your skills. Obviously when in the home, choose somewhere with plenty of room, as the last thing you want to do is smash up your belongings. While at home without a sparring partner, you may be interested in watching HEMA related DVD’s. Our selection of DVDs is a great way to learn new fighting systems. We have a varied selection to choose from, so...

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  • Can I buy a sword in the UK?

    We are often asked about the UK law in regards to buying and owning a sword or weapon. Do I need a license to buy a sword in the UK? Is it legal to own a sword? Currently, as the items we sell are replicas, you do not need to have a permit for these items. All products sold on our website are legal to buy and own in the UK if you are aged 18 years and over.  Any swords bought must be held in your home, and are not allowed in public without a valid reason. You may carry a sword outside the home, for going to and from an engagement such as using the sword as a prop in a sport, re-enactment or stage combat/acting, as long as it is fully covered. We age check all our customers by verifying they are at least 18 years old...

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  • Christmas Wish List

    Do you want to make a lasting impression this Christmas? Our choice of 'Best Sellers' takes the hassle out of endless searching. With over 80 best-selling products to choose from, we have narrowed down the search even further to show the variety that we have to offer you this festive season. Miniature Suit of Armour - AH6004M If you have ever wanted your own suit of armour but don't quite have the room, our Miniature Suit of Armour solves your problem. Our Miniature Suit of Armour is a 1/3 scale replica and is fully articulated like the original. It comes complete with stand and sword and will add a sense of grandeur to wherever it is placed. Knight's Templar Sword - AH3288 Get your hands on one of the most popular swords in our collection. The Knights Templar were a powerful crusading order of knights founded in the 11th Century with many of...

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  • Armed for the Future

    Polyurethane Armour for LARP and Cosplay by Red Dragon Let’s face it, when it comes to historical armour, few things offer greater protection than steel. The downsides of weight, inflexibility and the need for constant maintenance to protect against rust are more than offset by the superb protective qualities that it offers. However, in this day and age, unless you are on the re-enactment or SCA battlefield, you simply don’t need this level of protection that steel affords. The 21st century has seen many advances in plastic technology and these materials have now made their debut upon the world of historical armour! To the eye, our range of polyurethane armours are near indistinguishable from their metallic counterparts. They are however much more comfortable to wear and can be worn for long periods of time without discomfort. Indeed, the flexible nature of this armour means that it can bend to the contours...

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  • Journey to the European Games 2019

    We are proud to announce that The Knight Shop will be sponsoring Emilia Cecylia Skirmuntt, a well-known figure and instructor in the HEMA community, to participate in the European Games 2019. The European Games will be held in Minsk, the Capital of Belarus, from the 21st June to the 31st June 2019. The competition features athletes of 50 European NOC's compete in 15 sports including Gymnastics, Boxing and Table Tennis. Eight of which will qualify to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. For the first time within the 2nd European Games, Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is hosted in the cultural program of the European Games. An exhibition, an invitational gala tournament, and two conferences will offer the visitor of the European Games insights into the multifaceted aspects of European Martial Arts heritage and traditions. Over the past twenty years, HEMA has turned into a global phenomenon. Worldwide, nation-wide and regional...

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  • Armorial Swords - Immortalise Your Family Name

    Introducing the new way to keep your family name alive. We are all familiar with the idea of a family crest, well now you can immortalise your family name in our latest purpose made sword, dedicated to your families legacy. This month we are releasing a brand new product, 'The Armorial Sword'. Developed in house, this product will revolutionise the gift and Heraldry industry. Designed to last a lifetime, the Armorial Sword features resin filled, scratch-proof badges of your families crest, attached to the pommel of a high-quality sword in either antiqued brass or brushed steel. Family names have survived the ages, with family coats of arms memorialising the history behind that family name in one single image. Historically speaking, a coat of arms is a design on the shield of a medieval knight. The design was unique to an individual but could be passed down to his descendants, only then it became the...

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  • The Women History Forgot

    Throughout history, there has been Queen's and noble women that have ruled alongside men but history rarely tells of the tales of the women warriors who's influence has spanned the decades. These powerful women showed they are just as capable as men when it comes to leading and fighting. Queen Boudica In 43 A.D. the Roman Empire conquered Southern England. As their rule spread, they allowed several tribal kings to keep their land and rule their people. Boudica was married to King Prastugas, the king of the Iceni tribe. As Boudica had two daughters, there was no heir to rule when Prastugas died. On his death, he left the land and the people to Boudica and his daughters. The Romans did not keep their promise after his death and annexed the kingdom of the Iceni tribe. Leaving Boudica and her people beat and homeless, Boudica took it upon herself to take revenge...

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