Fortunately injury in fencing is rare - however as almost all serious fencing injuries are caused by broken blades, do not use any equipment which is damaged, or has visible signs of wear and tear, or rusting. Note that masks should have an elastic (or similar) back strap.
Over the years the standards for fencing equipment have tightened, and the BFA have stipulated the following, in terms of ability to withstand the force of an opponent’s blade, as measured in newtons (N), the international unit of force. Equipment from all reputable suppliers will have its strength in newtons clearly marked on it. Please remember that breeches are essential for fencing electric.
It is advisable only to use equipment of the correct standard, in order to obtain maximum protection.
|Fencing / practicing with non-electric weapons||350N||350N||Trousers with openings / pockets zipped/ closed||350N|
|Fencing / practicing with electric weapons||350N||800N||350N||350N|
|International (etc) competitions||800N||800N||800N||800N|
A fencer is generally deemed in Law to accept the ordinary risks involved in fencing.
There is a risk in any sport such as this, and insurance is advisable. All members of Welsh Fencing are covered by their insurance arrangements, and it is strongly recommended that all club members are a member at the appropriate level of Welsh Fencing .
For further Safety information – please see the BFA web site for full details.
Disclaimer - in the event of any conflict between this guidance and the BFA guidance, the BFA guidance should be used.