About Us

The Red Knight provides our customers with some of the best traditional handcrafted products and functional reproductions of historical arms and armour in the world.

We are a family-owned business in New Zealand. While most of our customers are New Zealanders, we also ship to customers around the world.

Some of us have also been involved in the New Zealand Historical Re-enactment scene since its formation in the late 1970s.

As active practitioners in the Martial Arts (both Eastern and Western) as well as Medieval Jousting on horseback, 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 pride ourselves on our 99.8% Customer Satisfaction Rate as measured by Trade Me.

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 business to service the wider public. Most of our business is on-line as we have no retail outlet. However we can also run a direct-to-market stall at relevant events. 

We are the sole distributor for Lord of Battles in New Zealand and we exclusively use their products as we believe that they provide the best commerically available handcrafted historical reproductions in the world. Lord of Battles is an Indian based manufacturer that practices fair pay and equal employment rights for both men and women. Their employees are talented craftsmen and craftswomen who have devoted thier lives to keeping the ancient and traditional crafts alive. Only natural and sustainable components are used in their product range. 

Our customers include a wide range of people - Historical Reenactors, Hospitality Businesses, Theater 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. Lord of Battles also provides armour, weapons and other items to the Film, TV and Theatre industries. Their products have appeared in many productions including Game of Thrones, Merlin and through us during the POP UP GLOBE seasons in Auckland, New Zealand.and in Melbourne, Australia. 

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 us at the request of our customers in New Zealand.     

Callum Forbes

(www.jousting.co.nz and www.hapkido.co.nz)