Spaulders, which serve to protect the shoulder joint and upper arm (and in some cases identify their wearer) have a semi-circular or curved shape. They were typically made entirely of metal, though some instances included leather elements. This complete set of spaulders is made of high-quality 1.5mm thick cold rolled steel and you can be
If you are looking for basic, practical elbow protection, look no further. The lightweight, plain shape of Steel Elbows provides perfect mobility. The Steel Elbows have leather straps and laces for a secure fit exactly where you need it. They’re a great addition to any set of armor. N.B.: The listed price is for a
If you are looking for basic, practical bicep protection, look no further. The lightweight, plain shape of our Steel Biceps provides perfect mobility. The Steel Biceps have leather straps and laces for a secure fit exactly where you need it. They’re a great addition to any set of armor. N.B.: The listed price is for
Our Covered Gloves allows for the full range of motion for each finger which helps you to handle any weapon more easily, but without sacrificing protection. The inner layer of the gloves is covered with protective paint and is partly fastened with natural leather. The leather gloves in the interior provide excellent weapon-grip and the
Beginning in about the XIII century, knights’ equipment started to include metal gauntlets. Metal gauntlets were expensive to manufacture because they required great skill on the part of the armory smith. In addition, steel was still an expensive material and as a result, only kings and wealthy knights could afford metal gloves. The poorer warriors
Our Fencing Gauntlets are of the well-known “Hourglass” style adapted for medieval fencing. Made of cold-rolled steel, the finger plates have a thickness of 1.5mm (knuckles and metacarpals) and 1.0mm (all other areas). The special shape of the metacarpal plate provides full articulation and inner leather gloves are included for increase comfort and grip. The
Our Spaulder Cups provide basic and practical protection of the shoulders. Their plain shape provides perfect mobility, and their light weight means that you’ll be protected without being overburdened. Our Spaulder Cups have leather straps and laces in order affix them to your gambeson at just the right place. This is ideal supplementary to your
Medieval Arm Armour
The topic of arm protection is particularly interesting and is a pertinent topic to armor smiths and armored fighters alike. Crafting and wearing arm armor is not as simple as saying “Well, you need full arm armor, which consists of shoulder armor, rerebraces, elbow armor, and vambraces.” Before you purchase your set, you need to understand the purpose of your arm armor. In one instance, you might need armor to protect you during the buhurt. In another, you’ll need a good articulation because you’re planning on participating in HMB or IMCF duels. In both cases, you need armor for your arms, but your approach will differ based on your goals and needs.
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 shoulder armor. We recommend paying special attention to this part, because shoulders are the most vulnerable to impact and often get hit. Good shoulder armor can and should withstand both sword and halberd. Consider the thickness of this armor segment – while 1mm metal thickness is enough for dueling, you will need 1.5mm thickness for buhurt.
Bicep armor and vambraces typically have a metal thickness of 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.
Moving on to elbow armor – it is almost always 1.5mm thick. This thickness is due to a technical part of production. But don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the overall weight of your arm armor. When we’re talking about the armor’s weight, it’s important to understand that 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 and reduce the weight of your arm armor as much as possible (but as always, safety first!).
According to HMB and IMCF regulations, you can use armor from the XIII – XV centuries. In the XIII century, armored European fighters mostly used brigandine arms and other simple armor to protect their arms. However, by the XV century, metal plates appeared that connected the armored elements for the shoulders, biceps, elbows, and forearms. Naturally, a structure connected with rivets offered more protection, but arm armor that was laced together offered a lot more mobility.
The issue of aesthetics and personal taste cannot be overlooked either. By opting for brigandine arm 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 paintings at a museum. It’s also worth mentioning that the metallic parts of these pieces of 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 so-called “white armor” which doesn’t use fabric or leather, except for straps, of course.
Don’t delay your dreams – purchase your arm armor today! If you have any questions – ask away. We’re always glad to talk about medieval battles and armor.