Fencing gear

Fencing gear comes in two categories – non-FIE and FIE. FIE is the gear approved by the International Fencing Federation as the highest in protection and quality and is required at some levels of competition.

Protective gear – mask, jacket, plastron, breeches, glove and chest guard
  • non-FIE (Level 1) (350N plastron*, jacket, breeches, glove and mask) – suitable for club training and some competitions
  • FIE (Level 2) (800N plastron, jacket, breeches and glove; 1600N mask) – required for state and higher level competitions. MFC recommends an FIE plastron for all fencers and FIE gear for all fencers considering competing in any competitions above club level.
  • chest guards are mandatory for women and girls, as well as anyone under 15 competing in epee. MFC recommends that anyone who wants to should wear a chest guard, regardless of gender or age.
Weapons
  • non-FIE weapons – suitable for club training and some competitions
  • FIE weapons – required for national level and higher competitions
  • at the club we use blade size 3 for ages 13 years and under
  • at the club we use blade size 5 for 14+ years.
Club gear

The Club provides all gear for members to use at training, although we do ask that you buy a mask and glove if possible, to minimise gear sharing for COVIDSafe training. Young members may swap their own 350N jacket (in good condition) for a larger one from the Club's rack as they grow.

Buying gear

Club members can order direct from the Club's supplier in China (log in to see the info in the Shop tab of this website). Other suppliers include Leon Paul Australia, Allstar Australia and Absolute Fencing.

For fencers wanting to compete in NSWFA competitions, please note their equipment standards here as a guide to which gear you should buy. For most fencers this will mean FIE gear for all items.

For sabre fencers wanting to buy a weapon, please note that maraging steel blades required for higher level competitions will need to bear the FIE stamp after 2021. This means that if you buy a maraging steel or S2000 blade this year, it won't be able to be used in those comps next year as it won't bear the FIE stamp. Further details here.

 

Epee gear

a photo of all the epee gear listed, laid out on a wooden gym floor and shot from above with numbers corresponding to the numbers in the list of items

  1. Epee mask
  2. Jacket
  3. Epee bodywire
  4. Plastron
  5. Glove
  6. Electric epee
  7. Chest guard (soft style for young to teens; shaped plastic style for teens+)
  8. Breeches
  9. Socks

For club training and competing, all items are used.

 

Foil gear

a photo of all the foil gear listed, laid out on a wooden gym floor and shot from above with numbers corresponding to the numbers in the list of items

  1. Foil mask
  2. Jacket
  3. Foil bodywire
  4. Plastron
  5. Glove
  6. Electric foil
  7. Chest guard (soft style for young to teens; shaped plastic style for teens+)
  8. Breeches
  9. Socks
  10. Mask wire
  11. Foil lamé

For club training, items 1–7 and 11 are used, and 8 is strongly recommended. For competing, add items 8–10.
(Epee masks are also fine to use for club training in foil.)

 

Sabre gear

a photo of all the sabre gear listed, laid out on a wooden gym floor and shot from above with numbers corresponding to the numbers in the list of items

  1. Sabre mask
  2. Jacket
  3. Sabre bodywire
  4. Plastron
  5. Glove
  6. Electric sabre
  7. Chest guard (soft style for young to teens; shaped plastic style for teens+)
  8. Breeches
  9. Socks
  10. Mask wire
  11. Sabre lamé
  12. Sabre cuff

For club training, items 1–7 and 10–12 are used, and 8 is strongly recommended. For competing, add items 8–9.