Starting from about the XIII century, knights start to feature metal gauntlets. This equipment was expensive to manufacture because it required the armory smith to have great skills. In addition, steel was still an expensive material. As a result, only kings and wealthy knights could afford metal gloves. The poorer warriors could only use leather
Wellknown “Hourglass” gauntlets adapted for the medieval fencing. Made of cold-rolled steel. Knuckle and metacarpal made of one piece of steel. Fingers plates are made of 1.5mm and 1.0mm, knuckle and metacarpal part are made of 1.5mm (1.5mm tempered steel option is available). Special shape of the metacarpal plate provides full articulation ability. Inner leather
Basic and practical protection of the shoulders. Light weight. The plain shape provides perfect movability. Spaulders cups have leather straps and laces to be fixed properly at the place they should be. This is ideal supplementary to your armor. Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.
Medieval Arms Armour
Arm protection topic is particularly interesting and requires attention. It’s not as simple as saying “Well, you need full arm armor, which consists of shoulder armor, armor bracer, and elbow armour.” Before you purchase your set, you need to understand the purpose of your arm armor. In one case, you might need armor to protect you during the buhurt. In another case, you’ll need a good articular arms armour because you are planning to participate in the duels according to the HMB or IMCF standards. In both cases, you need armor for arms, but the approach to its choice is different.
First of all, let’s walk through the main parts of armor for arms and take a closer look at their details. Arm protection starts with shoulders armour. We recommend paying special attention to this part, because shoulders are the most vulnerable to impact and often get hit. Good shoulders armour can and should withstand both sword and halberd. Consider the thickness of this armor part – while 1mm metal thickness is enough for dueling, you will need 1.5mm thickness for buhurt.
Bicep armor and vambraces of defence can be purchased or order from us. Usually, the metal thickness for this protection is 1mm, which is enough for both buhurt and duel. However, of course, you should also consider your personal preferences and take care of your health.
If we move to the elbow armor, it is almost always 1.5mm thick. This thickness is due to the technical part of production. But don’t worry – it doesn’t affect the overall weight of the arms armor. When we’re talking about the armor’s weight, there is an important thing to understand: your arms should be as lightweight as possible. Your arms move the most during the battle, and even 100 grams of additional weight can affect your stamina, which is crucial for you and your team. Don’t let anyone down, reduce the weight of the arms armor as much as possible.
According to the HMB and IMCF regulations, you can use armor from XIII – XV centuries. In the XIII century, Europe mostly used brigandine arms and other simple armor for arm. However, by the XV century, metal plates appeared that connected shoulders armor, biceps armor, elbow armor, and vambraces of defence. Of course, a structure connected with rivets offers more protection, but arms armor that was laced together offered a lot more mobility.
The issues of aesthetics and personal taste cannot be overlooked either. By opting for brigandine arms armor, you can choose from a large assortment of fabrics to cover your armor. It can be monochrome wool with a large selection of colors, or tapestry fabric just like you’ve seen in the paintings at a museum. It’s worth mentioning that the metallic parts of such battle equipment are painted over on both sides, which removes the need for care to some extent. Nevertheless, you can always choose a non-corrosive material and get a so-called white equipment: the armor that doesn’t use fabric or leather, except for straps, of course.
Don’t delay your dream – purchase your arm armor today. If you have any questions – ask away, we’re always glad to talk about the medieval battles.