We are a little bit different from other websites that sell martial arts equipment in that as active practitioners in Western Martial Arts and Cavalry Re-Enactment, we know what works and what doesn't. What gets you hurt and what keeps you safe. All the products here have been used or evaluated by us and our guarantee to you is that we won't place any item on this website that we don't personally use ourselves, or aren't prepared to use ourselves.
We started evaluating and ordering fully functional armour including Padded Armour, Plate Armour, Helmets and Maille from Lord of Battles on behalf of our own circle of jousters and foot fighters in 2005 and the word started to get around the wider New Zealand re-enactment community so we started ordering items for them too. In 2013 we formally established the Red Knight as an on-line shop but if you are in the Wellington region, you are welcome to visit our base in Upper Hutt by appoinment to inspect and buy our products directly. We also list on Trade Me - basically to help further build our brand.
Our customers are a wide range of people - Historical Reenactors, Hospitality Businesses, Theatre Groups, Film Makers, Collectors, LARPers, Role Players, Hunters and basically anybody who wants a cool and unique item for their own use or to use as a gift. We've chosen to represent Lord of Battles in New Zealand as we believe that they provide the best range of commerically available handcrafted historical reproductions out there.
In recent years we have expanded our product range to include other hand crafted items from Lord of Battles that use 100% percent recycled natural products. In particular our range of Drinking Horns has proven to be our best selling range in terms of quantity and these have great appeal to a wide range of people and not just historical re-enactors. We've sold over 700 horn products as at the end of 2016 and only had 4 returned. So these are pretty much our flagship range.
We then added our range of hand made Journals which are also growing in popularity and in late 2015 we added our range of Walking Canes. In 2017 we will be looking at bringing in a range of Swords.
We are the sole distributor of Lord of Battles products in New Zealand and while they cannot do a "one-off" commission for anybody, many of their products have been initiated by me at the request of my customers in New Zealand.
We only list a small range of what we can provide so If there is something you want that is not listed on this site then please contact me as I may be able to help you or point you in the right direction.