Links that lead to off-site pages for martial arts products and services. A few links will be listed in more than one category.
In addition to notes about the site, I will also make notes of my shopping experiences with them (syntax: "Shopping Experience:"), and I will include notes by trusted sources. For common items: Find the make and model you like, then Google/Amazon it to find the seller with the best price. For uncommon items: Good luck!
'New World Arbalest ... David R. Watson, Proprietor ... We build only Medieval and Renaissance-style crossbows -- mostly light target and recreational bows. We can make bows anywhere from 50 to 200 lb. draw, 250 to 1500 inch-pounds of power. (Inch-pounds equal draw weight x draw length, thus 100 pounds x 8 inches = 800 in/lb.)'
Shopping Experience: 2004-09-25. Leo showed me a crossbow (with and aluminum bow) and book (Iolo's First Book of Crossbows)by Watson. The crossbow has been working fine for years and the book looked quite good.
Shopping experience: Some of the CSG people are associated with them
Celtic-Smith.cz/english/smithy.htm. 'Catalogue of blacksmith works by Petr Melc. All shown products are designed by Petr. Execution is based on traditional historical technology such as welding in fire, riveting and hand whetting. Knife blades, cutters, swords and hatchets are hardened either in water or in oil and forged from carbon steel. Headpieces, supplements and jewellery are made from iron, steel, copper and brass. The design comes from the study of originals and documentation and dates from the following historical epochs: Roman period and 5th century to the early medieval period - particularly the Viking era.'
'Replicas swords & armor for martial artists, collectors and re-enactors'
Some of the usual fantasy stuff, but also some practice stuff and a few antiques.
Manning Imperial [manningimperial.com]. 'Manning Imperial is a premier manufacturer of historical reproductions. As an international supplier to re-enactors, collectors, museums and the movie industry, we pride ourselves on the high quality and authenticity of all our products. We prefer to use authentic methods of construction wherever possible. Rather than carrying a large range of products in stock most items are made to order and can therefore be customised to our clients most exacting requirements.'
Shopping Experience: 2008-10: I ordered a ten sword standing rack and a pair of "hammered iron" arm bracers. Both were fairly priced, arrived in a timely manner, and were exactly as expected. --> Update. The leather ties on the bracers broke on the first use. Also ties are hard to tie with one hand. Apparently you need to get bracers with buckles unless you always have people around to help you.
'your best source for stage combat worthy weapons for theatre and film. Whether you are arming a mass battle requiring broadswords, axes and shields, an 18th century smallsword duel or a contemporary scene with a switchblade and a .357, we have the weapons for your production at prices that may even leave room in your budget to pay the actors!'
Stage Combat Worthy (SCW) weapons are better for practice than so called "battle ready weapons" which aren't even good as sharps for cutting practice or actual combat.
TherionArms.com. Hal Siegel. PO Box 187 Del Valle, TX 78617. (512)247-3578.
Reproduction, antique, and ethnographic arms and armor. Wide selection including gorgets. WMA orientation. I like how they clearly distinguish between blunts and sharps.
Shopping Experience: 2008-01: I ordered a pair of Milanese hourglass finger gauntlets. Custom made gauntlets are $300-600, so I thought I had nothing to lose at $160. After I got them, it was pointed out that a sword thrust could fit between the fingers and the knuckles, making them effectively unsafe for play with metal swords. Plus they weren't comfortable on the hand. The custom gauntlets that I have tried before felt very natural.
Shopping Experience: 2008-02: I ordered a Laced vertical dagger frog, a Rapier frog, and a Practical cup-hilt main gauche (Paul Chen). The last item was a closeout item. The items arrived in around 3 weeks. The vertical dagger frog was a perfect fit for my wooden rondel, and I like how I can vary the angle at which it hangs. The rapier frog holds my rapier quite well --even with the rubber tip on. The left hand dagger matches well with my cup hilt and it was approved for free play! I'm quite happy with all three purchases.
TCA (Triplette Competition Arms) or Zen Warrior Armory. 101 E. Main St.. Elkin, NC 282621. 336-835-1205.
Both OSF and HES equipment, including SCA.
Shopping Experience: The CSG got fencing masks for the beginners from Triplette.
Shopping Experience: 2005-11-03t23:05:53Z: They have no online order form --instead you merely call them up. I ordered the T-253 fencing jacket. The fellow seemed quite concerned about getting the right size for me. --> 2005-11-10t17:46:13Z. The jacket arrived just a week later and it was exactly as I expected. The collar is high enough to provide protection from a gorget. The jacket is nicely constructed with thick corduroy-like material.
'Valentine Armouries has been carefully hand crafting historically accurate, custom fitted replica armours for over 21 years. As of April 2003, we've completed over 310 full suits of armour, and 1035 historical helmets. We continually work on new armour projects, and are often restoring historical armour for collectors and museums. We employ five full-time apprentices. Our video and book are available on making a historical suit of armour. '
LionGate-ArmsAndArmour.com. 'LionGate Arms Armour entered the Internet marketplace in 1995 with the goal of becoming the premier Internet source for fine antique edged weapons.'
Lutel.cz. ' We offer our services to the general public - not only to history enthusiast but to everybody who loves old weapons as decoration in castles, chateaus, houses or offices. 'MedievalRepro.com. Very nice reproduction armor.
Mayhawke.com. As of 2004-08-09, their products are not online but I saw their stuff in person and it looks pretty good. Mostly WMA stuff.
'Silvermane has been offering an extensive selection of Roman to Renaissance merchandise since 1996. Our broad range of products include swords, daggers, historical weapons, armor, period clothing, belts, boots, leather accessories, sterling and pewter jewelry, figurines from dragons to gargoyles to skulls, banners, and home decor. '
Eeldrytch.com. Leather armor, bracers, baldrics, and accessories.
Forth-Armoury.com. Very good. Specializes in chain "maille", including kits to repair yours. Informative content. The make flat-link, wedge riveted maille instead of round-wire, butted maile. Run by Steve Sheldon.
2012-02-22: I liked Leoric's gauntlet work at ArmourArchive.org and he was also recommended by a friend, so I contacted him via email to see if I could place an order. He responded on the same day and after a few email exchanges about specs, I sent him a down payment via moneygram.com.
2012-04-09: Leoric finished the gauntlet and sent me a picture, so I sent him the balance. The gauntlets arrived shortly afterwards and were just fine.
' Our goal is to provide the best customer service in the armor industry. Everyone has been frustrated about delays and armorers unable to keep up with their orders. We strive to be as honest about our production times as possible, to keep up with our orders, and to take the initiative to contact you, the customer if there is any delay. '
OaksArmoury.com. 'I strive to create armour that both pleases the eye and serves as fully functional and long lasting protection from medieval style combat.'
PlessisArmouries.co.uk. 'All pieces made at Plessis Armouries are made for the individual client, so, unlike the off the shelf armourers, the armour will fit correctly and will be finished according to the order, be that with brass trim, engraved or just highly polished.'
Shopping Experience: 2007-03-03: The CSG did a group order of around 2 dozen boxes worth of chain. We ordered all sorts of pieces that used "Wedge Shaped Flat Riveted Chain mail" which is historically accurate. The outside is rough, while the inside is smooth. The maille was blued to to black. Everyone seemed to be impressed by the quality.
That Guy's Products [thatguysproducts.com]. He hand makes two products. One, a particularly strong fencing mask with back of the head protection. Two, a flexible stainless steel gorget covered in leather. He takes around a week to make a mask.
Shopping Experience: 2009: The CSG is recommending Terry's "Top Hat" as the default fencing mask. It is strong enough for both rapier and shinai longsword.
Shopping Experience: 2009-02-11: I ordered a mask and gorget today. Given the the size of the waiting list, it be around a year before he gets to my order!
Shopping Experience: 2010-01-28: I just got my gorget today! My time estimate was almost exactly right. It's very nicely crafted and just the right size. It should be more comfortable than my current steel plate gorget. I decided against the mask because I have other priorities for my money at the moment.
Toraba.com. 'authentic period Japanese Samurai armour and related components, restoration materials and re-enactment parts'
'The Vistar Armoury was founded by Eric Slyter in 1995. With a keen interest in all things medieval since childhood, Eric's discovery of historical re-enactment groups, fantasy and role-playing events, the online armouring community and other similar activities sparked an immediate desire in him to participate. Quickly receiving acclaim for his historically based armour, unique fantasy armour and armour designs for women, pursuing the craft as a business came as an obvious next step. The fine eye for craftsmanship and detail that came with his degree in graphic arts, plus a business and marketing background, allowed for a swift ascension into the commercial armoury world. '
2010-04-29 I was walking by and I decided to drop in. Awesome place! Lots of knives! Lots of professional grade kitchen gear too. I was impressed by the 1 meter sharpening stone that they seem to have spinning all day long.
Good replicas and sharps. Located in New Glarus, Wisconsin.
'Albion features the finest swords by internationally famous swordmaker Fulvio Del Tin, as well as our own exclusive line of Albion Mark™ swords and scabbards.'
'Recreated from Museum Originals ... Hand-Crafted ... Rigorously Designed Fully Functional'
'Designed by noted Swedish swordsmith, author and researcher Peter Johnsson, these limited edition collectable swords are all painstakingly handmade to exacting design specifications, based on countless hours spent in the detailed study and documentation of original swords. They are not look-alikes or replicas -- we call them "re-creations" because they not only look like period originals, but feel and perform like them as well, just as on the day that they were newly forged. No short-cuts, no compromises. Just the real thing.'
2011-07-05 I ordered The Meyer, a steel blunt longsword for drills and freeplay. It is probably the best in sword in the category as far as balance, durability, beauty, and functionality. The sword was $490 plus $50 shipping. I put $150 down and was expecting delivery in 4-6 weeks. When it didn't arrive I emailed and discovered that they ran out of the specific steel needed and had it backordered, and thus adjusted the delivery to 12-16 weeks from order date. Then on 2011-11-18 the $390 balance showed up on my checking account. I had to call them and confirm the delivery date since it was close to Thanksgiving. The sword arrived on 2011-11-22 the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, after 140 days or 14 weeks.
Angel Sword [AngelSword.com]. 'hand forged custom swords unsurpassed in their combination of hardness, toughness and flexibility. All our blades are sharp!'
'Angus Trim swords are the leader in the Western Martial Arts Performance Sword market. Angus crafts steel, knowledge, and art to form swords which perform like the historical originals, while taking advantage of the tools available a modern craftsman. Angus Trim swords are carefully designed in accordance with the best principles of modern sword design. Swords are offered in a variety of medieval and renaissance styles. These swords are not copies of existing swords, but are made faithfully in the style of the originals. while based on medieval designs, they are carefully constructed using modern methods and the best in modern materials. Blades are made from time tested 5160 spring steel and are carefully heat treated for optimum performance by the Mar-quenching process, which provides excellent flexibility, shock resistance and edge retention. The swords are balanced not only for quick handling and powerful striking ability, but are also "harmonically balanced" so as not to transmit shock to the hilt. This not only makes the sword more comfortable in use, it also means better cutting ability and longevity of the sword. Careful attention is paid to the geometry of the edge as well. Taking into account the intended use of the sword for optimum strength and cutting ability. These are real, working swords; not "wall hangers" or theatrical props; they are shipped sharpened.'
Featuring Angus Trim European swords and daggers. They describe their swords in considerable detail. They make sharps. Western and Japanese blades.
'a full line of Angus Trim swords, leaders in the Western Martial Arts Performance Sword market. Angus crafts steel, knowledge, and art to form swords which perform like the historical originals, while taking advantage of the tools available a modern craftsman. Angus Trim swords are carefully designed in accordance with the best principles of modern sword design.'
Shopping Experience: All members of the Chicago Swordplay Guild get a 10% discount!
'a small group of dedicated sword craft people and enthusiasts dedicated to providing absolutely the finest production and semi production reproduction swords on the market today. We strive to produce historically accurate reproductions of Western and Japanese swords while delivering the highest level of performance and durability. We achieve this by coupling all the benefits that modern steels, heat treat and hi-tech manufacturing methods available today, with old world craftsmanship and sensibility.'
Featuring the Angus Trim line of swords. They make sharps. Western and Japanese blades.
Christian Fletcher [ChristianFletcher.com]. Swords. Nice thing is they sell matching scabbards and sword belts. They make sharps. They also scabbards and sword belts. They sell swords by Angus Trim and Albion Armorers as well.
'Robert Benson is one of a small number of American experts on Japanese sword polishing. He studied sword polishing & appraisal under three top teachers, including Koke Ono, a " living treasure" in Japan and at that time was head sword polisher for the National Museum in Tokyo.'
Salamander Armoury. 'Dr. Jim Hrisoulas aka "Atar" aka "The Dread Doctor J" is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles of the subject of bladesmithing. His work has won awards at most of the internationally acclaimed knife shows in the world. '
Darkwood emphasizes rapiers, early rapiers, basket hilt swords, and daggers. Darkwood uses a variety of blades blades including house, Del Tin, Angus Trim, and Hanwe. In particular, the Del Tin and house blades are more historically accurate for WMA and HES. These blades are stiffer, heavier, and shaped in a more historically correct manner and thus are quite different from SCA and OSF blades.
Shopping Experience: Most of the practice rapiers used by the Chicago Swordplay Guild come from Darkwood.
Shopping Experience: 2004-05-01T07:58:10Z. I ordered a rapier: saber hilt, Del Tin blade, my logo etched onto the hilt, for $350. It took 4 months since he was very busy but it's an excellent sword.
DelTin.net. Del Tin Armi Antiche. An Italian sword smith. Excellent source for blades.
FiocchiSword.com. 'My name is Tom Fiocchi and I am a sword cutler specializing in custom stage combat weapons. Fiocchi Sword was founded in the late 1980's when I needed to arm myself for the stage combat classes I was taking at the Shakespeare Theater. I began taking orders from my classmates and built swords for clients in the Washington DC area.'
MedievalWares.com. 'Gaukler Medieval Wares makes jewellery and metalwork in ancient and medieval styles, using the methods and materials of the past. I do custom work, as long as the design is medieval or earlier. We also sell authentic ancient and medieval antiquities.'
SOGKnives.com. Named after the Studies and Observation Group. Two of their more famous knives:
SEAL Knife 2000. 'WINNER of one of the most extensive testing and evaluation programs ever undertaken by the US Government for the Navy, the SOG SEAL Knife surpassed all others to receive the highest performance honors and become the chosen blade of the US Navy SEALs.'
Desert Dagger. The character known as "The Bride" uses one in Kill Bill (2003 & 2004 movies by Quentin Tarantino).
Some say that Wenger-Knife.ch is the real thing but I go with Victorinox. Both Victorinox and Wegner have the white cross on a red field but the Wegner cross is in a rounded square while the Victorinox cross is in a shield.
'World Knives features the highest quality knives available from all over the world. We specialize in knives that are difficult or impossible to find anywhere else. All our knives are hand picked for quality, design and innovation. We bring in new models nearly every week so there is always something new to see!'
'Founded by Brian R. Price in 1992, the Chivalry Bookshelf has grown from a small journal publisher to a press that dominates the emerging field of Western Martial Arts and has a growing list of successful titles relating to medieval and Renaissance history.'
'In 2001 Mr. Gregory Mele joined the company as Editor for the newly emerging field of Western Martial Arts.'
'Committed to producing both new important works and reprints of hard-to-find, but critical texts relating to the broad spectrum of what is loosely classified as the "Chivalric Arts", its title roster can include Medieval/Renaissance History, Arms and Armour, Historical European Martial Arts, Courtly Love, Heraldry, and Medieval Arts & Crafts.'
'Since 1968 the source of the best martial arts books, video, and equipment. We publish Classical Fighting Arts magazine/Dragon Times and the complete Dragon Books line, produce Tsunami martial arts videos, and distribute Meijin Karate uniforms.'
'We are an Australian owned company which specialises in eBooks on Chinese Kung Fu forms in consultation with Masters in Mainland China. Our founders have had over 20 years experience in Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi.'
Shopping Experience: 2005-08-03t16:40:59Z:
I got a free eBook from them as part of a link exchange.
The only problem I ran into was that email server blocked the 1.24 MB zip file attachment for the eBook. However they seemed to follow up on it quickly via email. Luckily I have other email options so I eventually got the eBook. Their eBooks are executables that also concurrently run a guard.exe that disables the paste function across all apps. Simply close the eBook to regain pasting capability.
I got the Ba Gua Eight Palms Fixed Form book. It demonstrated the 135 steps of the form using text and pictures of a computer modeled practitioner. No interpretation of the form was given, which may be just what some people want.
Overall they seem to deliver exactly what they advertise combined with good customer support.
FederalFirearmsLicense.com. "This site is dedicated to providing information to those who want to obtain a gun dealer license, better known as a Federal Firearms License or FFL License. This license, which is issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF or BATF) allows an individual to act as a firearms dealer."
Shopping Experience:2003. I ordered #21608, Operator Gloves, designed by SWAT, made with leather and Kevlar, for $40. It was out of stock and was delayed by many weeks. The gloves were exactly as advertised.
2005-01-12: I ordered a Bag Boy brand "T-1 Travel Cover". Of the suppliers at Amazon for this particular product, The Golf Warehouse had the best price at $29.95+$7.95 shipping for a total of $37.90. The bag arrived by UPS on time. Initially I had looked at the "T-6 Wheeled Cover" ($79.95) and the "T-10 Hard Top/Soft Side Travel Covers" ($99.88), which led me to the T-1. I didn't realize that the T-1 does not have wheels! That, of course explained the low price. In hindsight, the T-10 would have been the best buy. I decided to keep the T-1 so it will serve as a perpetual reminder that will keep me humble. Otherwise, the T-1 is the perfect size for holding 120 cm = 4 foot weapons (like long swords, rapiers, jians, etc.) plus some loose items like gambesons, fencing masks, focus mitts, etc.
'RENAISSANCE WAX is used in the following places in the U.S. - The Smithsonian Institute, Colonial Williamsburg Conservatory, Abraham Lincoln Residence, Vicksburg Military Park and Museum, Henry Food Museum, Academy of Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NRA Museum, Rockefeller Restorations, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Hilton Hotels, BYU Museum of Art, National Ornamental Metals Museum, as well as other museums, government agencies, craftsmen, collectors both professional and amature alike. In the United Kingdom it is used in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckingham Palace, Military Museums at Aldershot, H.M. the Queens Royal Armourer, The National Museum of Antiquities - Scotland, Royal Armories (London & Leeds), The Imperial War Museum, Windsor Castle, and The Tower of London.'
'65ml (2.25 fl. oz.): $12.00. 200ml (7fl. oz.): $20.00 per can. 2.5 liter (s&h $8.00): $150.00 per can' [2004-09-14].
Shopping Experience: 2004-09-12. Ashley of the CSG said she's ordered from them before and that they were friendly and helpful.
Renaissance Wax. 'Developed for use on the British Museum's priceless antiques, this special blend of micro-crystalline waxes will not stain or discolor with aging. It is acid neutral, water and alcohol resistant. Preferred by museums worldwide for protecting furniture, leather, marble, paintings and metal. 200 ml, 7 oz.' $20.99 [2004-09-12].
Shopping Experience: 2007-02-28 14:15. The case arrived very quickly and was exactly as expected.
GGGodwin.com. ' a complete line of items useful to the military man; such as muskets, bayonets, leather goods, uniforms, cocked hats, diverse sorts of brazen sundries, &c., all done in the neatest manner '
Shopping Experience: 2010-04: I ordered an "Italian foil, ambidextrous, true ricasso, practice-electric tip, Rockwell grip and pommel. (Last of the true ricasso blades, once this stockpile of blades is gone, there will be no more.)". I ordered it with "#5 Joseph Vince Blade Plastic (non-electric tip). 206 Leather Italian wrist strap.". They were all nicely priced, well constructed, and arrived in a timely fashion.
Decent prices, name brands, good interface. House brand available. A bit of theatrical rapier too.
Shopping Experience: 2004-09-03. I placed an order for #M1602: "BG 1600NW FIE Sabre Mask", i.e. the house brand, for $125 + 8.50 shipping. The beautiful house brand mask arrived 7 days later via UPS without a glitch. The inner lining is fully removable and washable plus I like how it has are ear holes.
'Founded by Maestro Georgio Santelli, the "maker of champions", George Santelli, Inc proudly manufactures and distributes fine fencing equipment from our factory and from premiere suppliers like Leon Paul. For over 50 years, the Santelli name has meant the finest fencing equipment and service.'
They cater to SCA stuff as well as OSF. They also sell replacement bibs.
Shopping Experience: 2004-09-01. I placed an order for #48C: "3-Weapon Mask, Deluxe Insulated", i.e. an unknown brand for $85.
Shopping Experience: 2004-09-02. They sent an email saying that the item was Chinese made, out of stock, and no longer available. I cancelled my order.
'ActionFlex™ full-contact weaponry includes knives, swords, staves, long- and short-range weapons, batons, and protective gear. These padded weapons satisfy the highest standards of the martial arts, law enforcement and sports industry and are simple to learn for those not so athletically inclined.'
They have Fumio Demura in a lot of their marketing.
' We are a small family business devoted to producing the finest wooden swords in the world. We have reinvented the wooden sword, blending pure function and sleek styling to produce a superior practice sword that is beautiful and balanced, yet can withstand the rigors of serious sparring.'
'My swords were designed with the invaluable assistance of the senior instructors of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA), for the sole purpose of providing their students with a durable, safe training tool which handled and resembled as closely as possible its Medieval forebear. To that extent, they are replicas of their actual medieval counterparts in most every functional aspect. They are archetypal representations - the typical sword of their times in both appearance and handling. Utmost consideration has been given to 'the feel' of the sword.'
Shopping Experience: Some CSG members have bought aluminum wasters from this Canadian site by Charles Jevons and found them better than the stuff from VArmouries.com (Valetine Armouries).
Shopping Experience: 2007-05-18: I got the sword and it was wonderful. The center of balance was just before the bottom of the ricasso, so it handled quite well. The new gun bluing looked nice. The waisting on the grip was completely natural.
Wooden wasters for both EMA and WMA. Wooden swords, daggers, staffs, and sticks. Also stuff like bucklers, gambesons, and books. Lately they've bee adding content too. EG: Info on pells. A pell is reasonably solid practice target that approximates an opponent.
Shopping Experience: Many of the CSG members have bought long sword wasters from them. The padded swords unfortunately are not suited for WMAs.
Shopping Experience: Some of the stuff they sell (like the gambesons) is made by members of the CSG.
Shopping Experience: 2006-03-02t16:10:04Z: I ordered three non-modified items: A longsword, an arming sword, and a rondel dagger. I'm getting a wooden arming sword instead of an aluminum on the assumption that the wooden one is probably in stock and will arrive quickly. I got an email confirmation (probably automated) almost right away.
Shopping Experience: 2006-03-17: Six weeks and five day later I still haven't received my order. I sent them an email and almost immediately Natasha replied with this: "These items were not in stock, we have worked on them and should have them finished shortly. You will receive an email when this goes out."
Shopping Experience: 2006-03-19: Hurrah! I got an email from UPS saying that my order is shipping.
Shopping Experience: 2006-03-24: My order finally arrived. The items are exactly as expected. The longsword cross guard does have a minor knot in it: I'm sure it'll be fine but I'm surprised that it wasn't screened out.
Shopping Experience: 2016-05-11: Earlier this month I ordered synthetic longswords and fencing masks for my wife and kids. Julia ordered the Type III Pentti Longsword with Fuller 47.5". Connie ordered the Type III Federschwert Longsword (49.5"). York ordered the Type III Pentti Longsword 50". Amy ordered the Knightshop Rawlings Synthetic Longsword (48.5"). The Pentti has the sturdier and stiffer blade. The kids class that Amy is in uses the more flexy Rawlings. Each got a medium Absolute Force HEMA Basic Fencing Mask, except for Amy who got a small. That order arrived quickly within a week. I have since ordered a steel pommel for Amy because although it adds a bit of weight, it is more important to bring the point of balance closer to her hands. I also placed an order for Type III Federschwert Longsword (49.5") for myself: Its blade is the same as the 50" sword but the grip is long enough for me. I also ordered a Purpleheart Synthetic Sabre V4. I was planning to order a Blackfencer Saber V3 from southcoastswords.com, but they were out of stock. My longsword and saber arrived fine, but an extra pommel I ordered was missing. I contacted Purpleheart and they're shipping it out. That's good customer service.
This section covers historical Recreationists, Revivalists, Reenactors, LARPs (Live Action Role Playing), LRP (Live Role Playing)m etc. The historical periods cover range from Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, U.S. Civil War, etc.
'Gipsy Peddler has been in business for 14 years and is well known for outstanding service and top quality products. We have the largest selection of SCA Rapier Armor on the market today with customers throughout the Knowne World. Our armor meets the rapier armor standards in all kingdoms of the Society for Creative Anachronism. '
They emphasize armor in the intro but they seem focused on the clothing.
'Lady Anoria Designs & Creates The Largest Selection Of Custom Quality - Individually Crafted - Made To Order & Ready To Wear Medieval Clothing - Renaissance Clothing - Historic - Fantasy & Movie Replica Costumes On The Net. Anoria specializes in LEATHER/ SUEDE & Fabric Clothing'
Lots of doublets.
LawrensNest.com. 'historically-accurate Classical, Medieval and Celtic period clothing, arms and armor, accessories, feast gear, cloak clasps, jewelry, circlets, fantasy items and other miscellaneous gift items'. Their emphasis is on Roman reenactments.
LRPstore.com. 'the UK's first complete online retail shop dedicated to the world of Role-Play. At LRPstore you can be assured that you will find anything and everything you could ever needed, including a vast choice of non LRP, but none the less essential items.'
'We started Revival Clothing because we saw a need for well-made, authentic, affordable, historical clothing. Our goal is to create garments that are flattering, functional, durable, and affordable while preserving a historical line.'
Some of the best gambesons available. Designed after historical examples by Nicole Allen, a member of the CSG.
"How a Man Shall Be Armed" By Greg Mele. 'Our arming clothes have been received with great success, but customers always want to know how to use them to mount their armour. Therefore, to help answer this question we have asked Christian Tobler of the Order of Selohaar to prepare a photo essay in conjunction with the text of the How a man schall be armyd, demonstrating how a man-at-arms, c.1390 would dress for battle.'
Shopping Experience: Obviously a site recommended by the CSG.
Shopping Experience: 2007-08: Ordered a linen gambeson and linen arming cap. Arrived in a timely manner. The material and construction of the gambeson is great. The size small (up to 40") is a little snug for my 40" chest. 2009-02: The buttons need to be maintained every 3-4 months. Washing is OK, but air drying takes forever.
Shopping Experience: 2009-02: Ordered cotton joined hose. Arrived in a timely manner.
Shopping Experience: 2009-02-03: I ordered Luxury Turnshoes. It arrived in a timely manner. It's a handsome, comfortable shoe of nice leather.
Shopping Experience: 2009-07-14: I ordered Light Sparring Gloves. It arrived in a timely manner. I ordered these because I had worn a hole in my old glove. Lots of people have these in the WMAW community and I can see why. These are thicker and quilted, i.e. more than just a leather glove. My hands are a US size 8 as in 8" around the palm, so I ordered size Small. It's a hair snug, so next time I'll try a size Medium, but that may be a hair too loose, hehe.
'Presenting Medieval, Renaissance and Fantasy Leathers'
Pretty good looking stuff.
Shopping Experience: 2007-08: After a nice email exchange where they answered some questions, I ordered a simple 1.5"x60" ring belt. It arrived in a timely manner and was a simple, supple, sturdy belt: Exactly what I wanted.
4821 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641. 773-685-4133. One of the only MA stores in Chicago. A storefront for a tae kwon do school. There is more at the store than is listed online.
Shopping Experience: 2005-03-01: I bought a mouth piece, a Sharkee plastic knife, and a pair of martial arts shoes. All fairly priced and good quality.
Lions Oriental Inc. 5569 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60630, 800-582-LION, 773-774-9977, Mon.-Fri. 9:00-5:30, Sat. 9:00-5:00.
Toguri J Mercantile Co. Japanese Gift Shop in Chicago, IL. They have Toakaido/Nozawa gis. A great place to get gifts too! Conveniently located under Sensei Sugiyamas dojo (JKA Chicago). 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-929-3500.
Lots of stuff but difficult to browse and not enough pictures.
Shopping Experience: 2004-11-30t19:31:20Z: The Kung Fu Boots at $10 were so cheap I couldn't resist. I ordered online.
Brazil Combat [brazilcombat.com]. 'Here you will find a large variety of products to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling and Capoeira with the BETTER PRICES and FREE SHIPPING for any international destination directly from Brazil.'
Shopping Experience: 2009-12. I ordered a pair of High Performance Pro Style Training Gloves, by my favorite boxing brand: Everlast. 14 oz, black. They arrived in a timely manner and have that good old leather smell --just needs the blood and sweat smell nexst.
KaliEskrima.com. Stick, videos, etc. for the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts). Including sticks in rattan, bahi, kamagong, saru, and hickory. Related to DefensorMethod.com.
Shopping Experience: 2004-10-12. I ordered rattan sticks (28" $6x2, 20" $5x2, 6x12" $12, 6x6" $6), a bag $15, and shirt $12x2. Just a few hours after my order, they emailed me saying that they were out of T shirts. It's good customer service to do stuff like that before the order gets shipped.
Shopping Experience: 2005-01-12: I ordered some Everlast brand "Mantis Mitts" focus mitts. Of the suppliers at Amazon for this particular product, Karate Depot had the best price at $37.95+$5 shipping for a total of $42.95. The mitts arrived by UPS on time. These punch mitts are great!
Ouano [ouano.com]. Known especially for making MMA gloves for the UFC, KOTC, and Shooto.
Oriental-Arms.com. ' A source for the study, understanding and purchasing of quality antique arms and armor. '
Philippine Martial Arts Supplies [PMASupplies.com]. Lots of stuff made out of Rattan, Palasan, Labsica, Bahi/Palm Wood/Coco Wood, Kamagong/Black Ivory/Iron Wood/Philippine Ivory/Mabolo/Diospyros philippinensis. They also have a lot of Japanese stuff too.
'Swordfodder, Inc. offers alternative products that allow our customers to decrease their preparation and clean up time and increase time focusing on mastering martial arts. Swordfodder, Inc. currently offers a range of patent pending, synthetic test-cutting (tameshigiri) targets suitable for test-cutting and -thrusting practice with any edged weapon from knives, to swords, to spears. Swordfodder, Inc. also offers a modular, height adjustable and storable, test-cutting stand that can be used either with our synthetic targets or with targets made of traditional materials such as tatami.'
Tips. These are so nice that I'm going to copy much of it here:
Often, after attempting to cut a bunch of targets you will begin to identify the proper grip, angle, speed and draw necessary to effectively cut from each guard. For most people, some cuts will be easy and natural while others you never can seem to get right. For example, my rising cuts from the left side (i.e. Hidiari Kiriage/Sottano Roverso/Left Unterhau) are truly awful, while I'll can do clean, rising cuts from the right side all day long. Similarly, my left Zwerchhau (overhead windmill cut in the German tradition) cuts through Master™ targets with ease, but my right Zwerchhau is poor. When you just can't seem to make a cut work, try the following:
Reduce the force. The most common problem is confusing your sword with an axe - your striking force is so much greater than the draw you are literally batting the target away before draw can cut into it. This is particularly evident when cutting the long (36") targets at the top. A good cut will balance the force with the amount of draw and should almost look effortless. If you notice your cuts are fine near the bottom of the target but awful at the top, you are using too much force for your draw.
Increase the draw. Many swordsmen were not trained to swing the sword so that it has a draw at all points through the swing or, particularly for swordsmen that spar alot, at the point of impact. In this case, the swordsmen are essentially using a light axe. Katanas and scimitars, with their characteristic curve, have some draw built into them and are easier to cut targets with as a result. For straight swords to cut as well as a katana, the swordsman must add a draw to his swing to compensate. Swordfodder™ synthetic targets, similar to tatami targets, can not be cut cleanly without sufficient draw. In fact, because the resistance of a Swordfodder™ synthetic target to a cut comes from the mass of the cutting stand and not the mass of the target (as in tatami targets which use water to provide the mass), Swordfodder™ synthetic target are even less forgiving of poor form than tatami.
Try different hand positions. If it isn't the force or the draw, then the problem probably is that the angle of the sword and the angle of the swing are not the same at the point of impact or during the cut. From personal experience, when cutting from different guards often the angles change without your knowledge so that even though your grip feels correct, the sword angle is actually off. Consciously try different angles of swing using the same grip (or vice versa) until you achieve good cuts.
Try slow motion cuts. It is easy to saw through a Swordfodder™ Student™ synthetic target in slow motion when the angle, draw and force applied are correct and balanced. It is also hard to saw through a target if something is amiss. This is something else to try. Cut through slowly, then cut again faster, then faster still. This will help improve your feel for the proper balance.
Take a Break. Cutting is similar to golf in that there are days that you can't get anything right. In addition, cutting is much more difficult in terms of concentration and effort than most people initially realize. As soon as you get tired, you get sloppy and the hands can not control the blade as well as when you are fresh.
Mats. Rolls are nice, but if you do mats, it helps to get them in either a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio for easy tiling. FYI: A tradtional Japanese tatami is 90 cm * 180 cm * 5 cm (35.5"*71"*2" or roughly 3'*6'*2"), and weighs around 60#=27 Kg. Anti-skid bottoms are nice. The intended use should match thickness: From 40-50 mm=1.5-2" for wrestling/grappling/MMA to 15 mm=5/8" for striking/cardio/shoes; 25-30 mm=1-1.25" is a compromise for either. The material matters too. EG: Weight room flooring needs a higher density material, with 19 mm=0.75" hard rubber the most common. The surface texture/material varies from smooth (cleans easily but may be slippery) to a tatami-like finish to a carpet like material for gymnastics/wushu.
Shopping Experience: 2010-05. I ordered and promptly received 4 mats: 3/4" x 4' x 6'. It turns out that inspite of the shipping costs, it's still cheaper to order these large sheets at $40 a shot than to get individual tiles 16" x 16" or 24" x 24" mats at the hardware store. The 4' x 6' mats don't move as much and are less likely to have gaps between tiles.
tonmik.com. 19 mm=0.75" hard rubber tiles. Recycled rubber.
Shopping Experience: 2009. I bought their tiles for my garage gym for lifting (Olympic, power, CrossFit, etc.). It would've been cheaper to get 4'x6' rubber mats from tractor supplier or horse tacks, but I'm in Chicago and those places are not convenient and I hate paying for shipping. These Tonmik tiles on the other hand are conveniently sold at Chicago hardware stores like Lowes (24"x24" $14.95) and Menards (16"x16" $5.49).
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