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aladcalledtommy
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So I have been interested in taking up fencing ever since I was little and I have just found out that the uni I am going to in September does £15 membership with their club and loan you the equipment. Whatta bargin! :B Only thing is, the equipment is loaned so in time I will have to buy myself the kit. I had a look online and it's bloody expensive! Not sure if I can afford it can anybody recommend how to get all the gear in the cheepest way possible? Without it being god awful quality

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Hmm.. How much is your budget? One way would be to order your kit from China and get it shipped over. There are quite a few budget stores in the UK to purchase fencing equipment too. Your uni fencing club will probably be able to tell you the best places to purchase equipment from.

I suggest you begin by purchasing a glove and mask, then a sword, then slowly begin building up the rest of your kit. You don't necessarily have to buy everything at once, and seeing as you are only just starting, there is no need to purchase high-grade equipment.

I bought competition standard fencing gear in Hong Kong for ~ 200 quid. 1 mask, 3 swords, bag, full clothing, lame, glove etc
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Hmm.. How much is your budget? One way would be to order your kit from China and get it shipped over. There are quite a few budget stores in the UK to purchase fencing equipment too. Your uni fencing club will probably be able to tell you the best places to purchase equipment from.

I suggest you begin by purchasing a glove and mask, then a sword, then slowly begin building up the rest of your kit. You don't necessarily have to buy everything at once, and seeing as you are only just starting, there is no need to purchase high-grade equipment.

I bought competition standard fencing gear in Hong Kong for ~ 200 quid. 1 mask, 3 swords, bag, full clothing, lame, glove etc
Did you just call it a 'sword'? :lolwut: What kind of fencing are we talking about here?

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I would be cautious when it comes to buying equipment from China - check the quality first! I don't intend to prejudge products from China, but make sure that your equipment complies with the FIE regulations. It's not 100% required (if you're not participating in FIE competitions) but offers a much better protection. If you can't afford an all FIE approved gear get at least a good mask, it's the most important part. You don't want to end like Vladimir Smirnov

Fencing isn't a dangerous sports, it's the equipment which makes it safe.
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I'm sure B&Q do some really great budget deals
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I'm sure B&Q do some really great budget deals
Very good!

Bit predictable though, wasn't it?
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Why can't you just loan it indefinitely?
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(Original post by aladcalledtommy)
So I have been interested in taking up fencing ever since I was little and I have just found out that the uni I am going to in September does £15 membership with their club and loan you the equipment. Whatta bargin! :B Only thing is, the equipment is loaned so in time I will have to buy myself the kit. I had a look online and it's bloody expensive! Not sure if I can afford it can anybody recommend how to get all the gear in the cheepest way possible? Without it being god awful quality

Thank's guys
You can buy them online from a US retailer for around half the price.

As someone who has been in it for a long time, I can advise you to just keep a lookout on some of the fencing club classified sections, almost always there is someone selling off their top-quality barely used equipment as these are people with more money than brains, they think they found the perfect sport, they buy some of the best equipment out there and attend 2 sessions and never go to one again because they find it isn't for them thus sell off the equipment.
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