At beginners level, using club equipment, surprisingly little!
We run inexpensive beginners courses to get you started, providing all equipment.
If you find fencing is for you and you can seriously see yourself carrying on, then think about buying some starter kit. Most people start with a mask (to fit your own head!) and a jacket. We don’t force people to buy kit, but you’re at the ‘mercy’ of the club kit and whatever size and shape we have on the day.
One of the novices bought a full set after 3 weeks, another started a piece at a time after 3 months.
You can acquire kit one item at a time – masks start around £60, jackets around £65.
Most of the suppliers do a complete starter set.
Like any sport, the top kit prices are sky’s-the-limit. You don’t need it for club fencing.
Grades of fencing equipment:
Beginner’s fencing setup: from £135-200
Includes: cotton jacket, glove, steam foil, mask
FIE Competition setup: from £250-1000
Includes: FIE 800N jacket, breeches, plastron, FIE 1600N mask, at least 2 electric weapons, body cord, socks, glove, shoes, lame (foil & sabre only), sensor (sabre only).
Note: while FIE-certified equipment is recommended both in terms of safety and quality, clothing costs can be as much as halved by purchasing regular cotton or synthetic knits. Do not expect such equipment to be accepted at national or international levels of competition, however. Always wear a plastron when using non-competition-weight fencing jackets.
Club costs vary, we have an annual fee plus term fees for attendance (see Fees). Many clubs will provide or rent equipment to beginners.
Looking to Purchase your own fencing equipment? See our Equipment Guide (pdf document)