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Required Fencing Equipment...

Most organizations provide equipment free of charge for beginner classes.  For the most part a beginner will need loose comfortable clothing and supportive athletic shoes such as running, basketball or wrestling shoes.  All other equipment will be provided. 

As fencers advance you have the option to rent or purchase equipment. Equipment can be rented on a per class basis or a monthly basis.  It is discounted if done on a monthly basis.

When purchasing equipment there are two options, the first is to buy equipment one piece at a time to spread out the cost. Birthdays, holidays and special events are excellent times to add to your child’s equipment. The second option is to purchase a starter kit for children that will include all the basic items pre-assembled and sold as a bundle.  Starter kits for foil, epee or sabre  will include a jacket, fencing mask, fencing glove and either a practice foil, epee or saber. This will cost approximately $135.  A great site to purchase equipment online is

Two or three months after beginning to fence you should start to purchase your equipment and all basic equipment should be purchased within six months of your start date. Speak to the coach  and get them to help you with what you need so that you purchase the proper equipment.

  A mask, glove and practice weapon are the best items to purchase as starter gear.  You should buy the best mask available.  Masks are expensive, but safety is extremely important. The next purchase should be a jacket and underarm protector. 

Once they reach the advanced level they must have a full uniform (knickers, long socks, jacket, underarm protector, glove, mask and practice weapon) as well as some electric scoring equipment. 


Required Fencing Equipment Costs:

  • Glove (no holes except for body cord and must cover approximately half of the forearm).  Gloves come in a variety of materials so you will need to do some research to determine what you want.  Talk to other competitive fencers to get opinions before making a decisions. Gloves range from $10 - $45.

  • Jacket (no holes, must close in back or opposite weapon arm, must be overlapped by jacket by at least four inches).  Cost between $50 -$230.

  • Mask (sewn-in bib, must pass 12K punch test).  A good competition mask for foil and epee will cost approximately $75.  Three weapon masks and the stronger FIE masks will run anywhere from $95 to $275.

  • Underarm protector (plastron) come in a large variety of materials and will cost from $16 to $100.

  • Working weapons (epees must pass weight and shim test) Competing at the local or national level, a fencer must have at least two working weapons.  Electric weapons run from $65 to $150. For novice competitors many vendors offer an electric beginner set (blade, body cord, etc.) for around $100-150.

  • Working body cords - A body cord connects the fencer's blade to the scoring equipment.  Two body cords are required in official competitions and they are not interchangeable between the foil and epee.  Body cords cost $15 -$35.

  • Chest protector is mandatory for women and it will cost about $25.

  • Lame is the outer garment defining the target area in foil and saber.  Foil lames will cost between $40 - $135 while Saver lames cost $85 - $255.

  • Knickers may be purchased for $50 -$230.

  • Long white socks that reach bottom of knickers.  Note: soccer socks work well.  Price $10.

  • Fencing shoes or sneakers can be purchased for $45 to $190.  Any flat soled deck shoe (Cross Trainers, Keds or Squash type shoes) with a light or white flexible sole will work. However, dedicated fencing shoes will offer extra protection to the heel and the inside of the foot.

  • Fencing bag to carry gear.  Prices range from $25 to $300 depending on the type of bag selected.

Optional Equipment

  • Water Bottle

  • Towel and plastic bag for wet equipment

  • Tool Kit (screwdrivers for tip and pommel, spare screws, springs, Allen wrench, small white cloth to use as base, small magnet, flashlight)

  • Test Box and weight and shims will help avoid penalties on strip for nonworking equipment


NOTE: Be sure to put your name on all of your equipment with a permanent Sharpie Pen.


For details on caring for your equipment see All Star Activities Tips for Caring for Your Fencing Equipment Page.