All fencers must have their own fencing glove.
We strongly encourage all fencers to buy their own personal fencing equipment for convenience and hygiene.
New year 7 fencers will have access to the school armoury and may borrow all gear necessary to fence in a school competition.
Returning fencers from year 8 to 12 are expected to purchase their own underplastron, breeches, jacket and mask.
The SBHS Fencing program aims to provide students with specialised equipment for fencing and training such as scoring boxes and spools for electric fencing, body wires, lames and weapons which can be borrowed by students for school competitions and training.
Care Instructions for fencing equipment:
We aim to teach our fencers the importance of safety, respect and responsibility for maintaining their personal fencing equipment as well as the school equipment in which they use for training and competitions.
- Masks can be wiped down with a clean towel. Avoid excess moisture as it may lead to the metal parts rusting.
- Some masks have a removable internal lining that is machine washable.
- Jackets, breeches, underplastrons and gloves are machine washable. Please wash the whites separately from other laundry to avoid colour bleeding on to the gear.
- Fencers tend to sweat a lot in their gear during training and competitions. Wash the gear as necessary to avoid odours and stains. It is recommended to wash the gear at the end of every training week. Make sure you have the gear ready to use for training sessions and competitions.
- Treat lames with extra care and avoid folding your lame more than two times if you are packing it in your bag as it may damage(break) the metal conductive fibres. It is preferred to store and transport your lame on a hanger. Avoid contact with moisture and water as it oxidises the metal fibres and leads to conductive failure. Foil lames can be turned inside out for storage and transport to prevent contact with moisture and reduce wear and tear from abrasion. DO NOT wash the lames.
- Weapon blades should be kept free of rust. Blades can be maintained by sanding off any rust with fine grit sandpaper and a clean rag. Apply a thin film of oil (cooking oil is fine) with a clean rag along the surfaces of the blade to prevent rust from building up.