Measuring Yourself for Fencing Equipment

To measure for your “fencing kit” use a tape measure. Then call Absolute Fencing!

jacket: measure the circumference of the chest just below the armpits. Knowing the waist measurement is usually optional.

mask: measure the circumference of the face.  It is sometimes called the “toothache” measurement.


glove: measure circumference of the widest part of the hand without the thumb.


Weapon:  Most novice fencers start with a weapon called a fencing foil. Ask your instructor about details, but the short version is:

“Practice” blade (You won’t need an electric blade just yet.)

French grip

Number 5 in length (unless the student is very young or small).

Right or left handed


You may also want to consider:

knickers: measure the waist and height of the fencer.

plastron: Measurement is the same as jacket. Plastrons are a “half jacket” worn under the larger jacket as a second layer of projection. It is required at all USFA tournaments.


rigid protection (required for women): Measure for rigid protection using chest size. Rigid protection is required in USFA tournaments for women. It is optional for men. Students wear rigid protection to guard against hard hits to the chest.

Rigid protection for women
Rigid protection for men

socks: Just be certain the socks are knee high and meet the knickers.

shoes: Nearly any type of tennis shoe is fine for beginning fencers.

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River City Fencing is a private fencing club in West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 USA. We teach foil, epee and may begin teaching saber soon. Recreational club. In March of 2015 River City Fencing moved to Faith West Community Center in West Lafayette.

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