US Fencing Fencing Vendors

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  1. Joseph

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    I've been looking around, and I've not found a good list of vendors to buy gear from. Being a novice fencer along with a club leader, I've been struggling to find a good place to buy bulk gear from to restock our decrepit club. So, I figure a full list that I can add to, and have input from other fencers would be best!

    Blue Gauntlet, of course.
    http://www.blue-gauntlet.com/

    Absolute Fencing, also.
    http://www.absolutefencinggear.com/shopping/

    Triplette, one of the less pricey options at times.
    https://www.triplette.com/

    Fencing post, a little shipping heavy.
    http://stores.thefencingpost.com/

    Leon Paul, the most expensive (but arguably the highest quality) gear around.
    https://www.leonpaulusa.com/

    Alliance Fencing, extremely shipping heavy.
    https://alliancefencingequipment.com/

    Jiang Fencing, a Chinese retailer.
    http://en.jiangfencing.com/

    WSFencing, extremely cheap gear that (apparently) isn't too bad!
    http://wsfencing.com/

    AliExpress (haven't heard much of them).
    https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-fencing-equipment.html

    Allstar fencing, I've only used their tips.
    https://www.allstarfencing.us/us-home.asp?

    Gladius Fencing Gear (just recently found them).
    http://www.gladiusfencinggear.com/

    H.O.M. Fencing (will help with shipping costs if the order size is large)
    http://www.homfencing.com/

    Sword Masters (common posters on the forums, very good armory advice)
    https://www.swordmasters.com/

    The Armorer's Store (for when the stuff breaks)
    http://thearmorersstore.com/

    American Fencing (the Clayton Wildfire has ravished them, they'r re-grouping)
    http://amfence.com/

    PBT Fencing (not much that I personally know of them, but I hear good things)
    http://www.pbtfencing.com/

    Nergrini (Primarily European, I believe)
    https://www.negrini.com/en

    Need-A-Blade (not much I can comment on)
    https://www.needablade.com/

    Radical Fencing (free shipping to anywhere in the US!)
    https://radicalfencing.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIo7qst_L74QIVBLbICh33zgNbEAMYASAAEgIfv_D_BwE

    Zivkovic (known for their goofy handles, I've used one and it's oddly nice)
    https://zivkovic.com/

    When I've got the opportunity to, I'll update this some and make it a bit more....pleasing, to the eyes. Please post any retailers I've missed, or warn me of the ones I already have, I'm essentially going in blind!
     
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    I prefer Allstar as a manufacturer for everything except masks (Leon Paul x-change is my jam, now and forever), but as far as retailers go, I always use The Fencing Post. It is a small, family-run business (something I try to support whenever possible) with great service and expertise, plus Saul and his staff are at most NACs for repairs or purchases. He also builds all of our weapons. He carries all the major brands, including Nike shoes. Cannot recommend them enough. The only thing I don't buy at the Fencing Post is the LP mask.

    Allstar quality is very good, and I tend to shy away from Chinese-made kit (although I'm afraid almost everything is made there now!). Blue Gauntlet also has a great lightweight lame that for years was much cheaper than LP (I think they are about the same price now).
     
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    H.O.M. Fencing Supply (me).
    http://www.homfencing.com

    I tend to eat shipping costs if the order's a decent size.

    I can get about any brand but PbT....drop me a line.
     
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    Pretty much the same thought. For every piece other than masks, I prefer other stuff; Allstar or Negrini have been incredible for me, particularly glove and jacket.

    Chinese prices are doing a lot of good stuff for the smaller clubs (including mine), thankfully. Little trade off in quality for huge cuts in price; personally I find their jackets/plastrons/knickers just fine. Wouldn't buy stuff now that I can afford better, but I'd take more fencers than less, any time, especially for the kids on a shoestring budget who love fencing.
     
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    I don't think Matthew's really selling much other than his services....everything was destroyed in the fire....at least that's what he told me the last time I asked about it.
     
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    You have a decent list now. You want to figure out who can give you the best price for stuff you need?
    You should give us an idea of where you are. Some of these places may be local to you and will give you a good rate if you can pick it up in person.

    I'd send Purp a message with your list and see what he can do. Then cold-call a couple of others. I know that Absolute and BG offer 15-20% club discounts (very easy to quality) which effectively covers shipping costs.
     
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    I'm Joseph, and I help run a fencing club at my highschool. I am a junior, and have roughly 400 to work with in terms of restocking an entire armory. (if you want, I can show you the state of some of our gear. It's treacherous.)
    We just made an order from BG, which included 10 gloves, 3 electric blades, and 10 practice blades. I went with the cheapest options I could find (because, well, extremely tight budget constraints), and I'm hoping it'll be enough to hold us over.
     
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    If you don't have an armorer (and given where you are, you probably don't), go to my website and click on the armory videos tab. I'll be happy to answer any questions.

    Michael Mergens (Mergs on this board) also has a video series and sells armory gear. http://thearmorersstore.com/
     
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    Where do you live? I have a ton of stuff and can make your dollar go far. Trying to get rid of efficiently - NY/NJ area.
     
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    To answer that, I'm the clubs armorer. I just wired a blade today with some wires that are most likely from the 90's (assuming they were bought with our Santelli's and Sabre), to give a scope as to what we're working with.

    I'm in the Lawton, Oklahoma area. The only option we have is ordering online, hence this big list. It's also for convenience sake, as it's a good place for anyone looking for gear vendors.
     
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