About Us

Victory Fencing Gear is a premier supplier of a full range of gear for the sport of fencing and has a full workshop for repair and adjustment of weapons. They also carry a selection of historical swords and daggers for stage combat or historical sparring. Conveniently located in Millbrae in the San Francisco Bay Area, Victory Fencing Gear boasts founders with impressive credentials as fencers, coaches, and fencing gear suppliers.

Victory Fencing Gear was founded by Cole Harkness and Will Brown, well-known and highly-regarded in the world of fencing. Both have fenced for years at the local, collegiate, national, and international level, and both worked for American Fencers Supply as armourers; Harkness was the production manager/buyer for years. Both have also had long experience as fencers and coaches.

Cole Harkness started fencing in high school and fenced through college and then into the NACs. He was an “A” rated foilist for almost ten years. As a coach, he earned his Fencing Master diploma from United States Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms, and successfully completed the “A-trainer” coaching program at the Olympic Training Center in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

Will Brown started fencing at San Jose State in 1987. During his competitive career, he participated in local, national, and international events while training at Halberstadt Fencers' Club in San Francisco and at German National Training centers in Bonn and Heidenheim. During his coaching career, Will has focused on developing youth fencers and increasing the awareness of fencing in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his experience on and next to the strip, Will was a professional armorer from 1994 - 2000 and has continued doing the armory service for most of his fencers since 2000.

Brown and Harkness have recognized the need for a clean, friendly, and accessible fencing retail locale in the Bay Area. The store is clean and immaculately-maintained in a spotless neighborhood with lots of parking, restaurants, and shopping. In addition to its retail location, Victory Fencing Gear plans to sell gear online at www.victoryfencing.com.

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