In praise of plastic

by Robin Catling. From Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character…

What is HEMA?

HEMA is the acronym for Historical European Martial Arts, also known as Western Martial Arts (WMA), or, less accurately, as Historical Fencing, which…

Competition Nerves: the Final Battle

by Victoria Pritchard: It’s your first competition. There are lots of fencers milling around, warming up or having practice fights, and you feel…

The Secret Thrust…

The fact and fiction of the attack that never fails by Robin Catling: Duelling became the pre­occupation of many swordsmen in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.…

What we offer – fencing

Sports fencing as seen in the Olympics remains a popular draw outside of mainstream ball-and-ball sports. West Devon Swords is fully insured with…

Epée – the spirit of the duel

by Robin Catling: The epée (pronounced “ep-pay” – literally meaning “sword” in French) is the descendant of the duelling weapons such as rapier,…

Questions Updated

New to fencing? Start here. Our frequently asked questions page has been updated. If there’s something we haven’t covered, please contact us.