XIV century sabatons with a taped point. Riveted steel lames provide excellent mobility and flexibility. Very comfortable protection of the feet. Made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel. Also available in tempered steel and titanium. Sabatons will be made in accordance with your measurements. Please notice, that measurements should be with medieval boots.
XV century Milan style legs protection. Composed of cuisses and poleyns. Side-wings have ribs for additional hardness. Articulated upper-extension plate of the cuisse is movable and covers top of thigh. Milanese legharness is reinforced with a central rib. Made of 1.5 mm cold rolled steel. Also available in tempered steel or titanium. This armor will be
Splinted cuisses, 14 – late 15 century design. Completed with fluted steel knees cops. Leather cuisses reinforced with metal bars which provide great protection and flexibility. Steel parts made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel (base option) and durable brown leather thicknesses 4mm. Also available in 1.0mm and 1.5mm tempered (hardened) steel. For high protection properties
Splinted greaves, 14 – late 15 century design. Leather greaves reinforced with metal bars which provide great protection and flexibility. We use anatomically shaped wooden block for the leather greaves to make them anatomically right. That’s why our splinted greaves fit perfectly. Steel parts made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel (base option) and durable brown
Segmented plate greaves armor was commonly used in XIV century. In some old English manuscripts they also named as “schynbalds”. But French word “greaves” or “demigreaves” displaced it as well. Shin protection was fixed to the quilted padded stockings. As mentioned before this type of armor was used in XIV century on a large scale.
Greaves are made of cold rolled steel with a thickness of 1.5 mm. They have an anatomical shape and so it is very easy to wear and to use them. Greaves were binding part of the armour of many troops, including Western Europe knights, Roman legioners and centurions. They were widely used by cavalry to
Brigandine cuisses completed with steel knees cops. Plates are made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel. The inner tissue is tarpaulin, outer fabric is 100% natural wool. Brigandine cuisses are also available in 1.0mm and 1.5mm tempered (hardened) steel.Special construction provides great mobility. Brigandine cuisses are very simply taking apart which makes it’s transportation and keeping
One of our new base product. Front greaves type-2 anatomically shaped. Have a bit longer protection at the bottom part. Very comfortable leg armor for good price. Made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel. Also available in tempered steel. This armor has excellent protection qualities and gives you good mobility. Front greaves armor are equipped with
Very comfortable leg armor for good price. Made of cold rolled steel with a thickness of 1.5 mm. Also could be made of tempered steel. This armor has excellent protection qualities and gives you good mobility. Front greaves armor are equipped with leather straps and are fastened easily with the help of buckles. Please notice,
Cuisses completed with the knees cups. Anatomically shaped. Made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel. Also available in 1.0mm and 1.5mm tempered (hardened) steel. Special construction provides great mobility. Thanks to leather straps under the knee cop you’ll have additional amortisation of blows. By its nature shock-absorbing properties leather provides you more defence at the knee
Steel cuisses completed with steel knees cops. Made of 1.5mm cold rolled steel. Also available in 1.0mm and 1.5mm tempered (hardened) steel.Special construction provides great mobility. This cuisses armor is very simply taking apart which makes it’s transportation and keeping so easily. Also the basic construction transforms cleaning of this armor in a fast and
Late XIV – first part of XV century. Early knee cap defenses consisted of small simple forged plate fixed on the knee. It was not enought to protect the external part of leg. The full knee caps with wings (German: Muschell) were developped in 1390s approximately and didn’t got changed much untill XVII century. This armor part is
Medieval Leg Armour
Only knights and cavalry could afford the full leg armor back in the Middle Ages. The infantry and other soldiers could only count on leather leg armor and brigandine legs armour. Of course, after big battles, the soldiers engaged in looting and removing their killed enemies’ legs armor. These, however, were isolated cases because the lion’s share of the trophies usually was taken by the warlords.
This lack of leg armour was the reason for the fact that most injuries sustained during combat were limb injuries. Add to that mix the horrible medicine that was prevalent in the Middle Ages, and you get a huge percentage of deaths because of limb injuries.
During the peace periods, the rulers did everything to keep the military training of the knights at a proper level. One of the ways to do that was to set up tournaments. There was a little problem, however – knights often died in the tournaments, which was obviously not the way rulers would want it. Therefore, the rule to use only non-sharpened weapons was enforced. The spectators naturally wanted more blood, but at the same time, they realized this kind of entertaining could also be interesting and adopted new rules.
There were many varieties of tournaments. There were those in which the knights didn’t need full leg armor. This kind of tournament was called “through the pole.” During such a battle, the enemies were located on either side of the pole. The pole itself was set parallel to the ground at approximately belt level. As a result, knights could only hit above the belt, since leg kicks were not possible. There were also other kinds of tournaments that required good leg armour for protective functions. Several hundred years have passed, and full-contact battles are of increasing interest and are gaining more and more viewers.
Everyone who is engaged in or thinking about HMB and IMCF full-contact fights should approach the choice of the leg armour as seriously and responsibly as possible. Beginners want to cover their hands and arms first, expecting the opponent to hit the upper limbs more. However, our battle experience shows that the fighters actually get more injuries they could’ve avoided if only they had armor legs. In addition, high-quality articulated plate armor will allow you to feel confident in both buhurt and dueling fights, the times when it’s important to stand firmly on your feet or make a leap towards the enemy.
Majority of the leg strikes fall on the high leg armor and much fewer on lower leg armor, which is why we recommend using stronger materials on the upper leg. However, when it comes to the greaves leg armor, you are covering the potentially open areas and can concentrate on your fighting technique and your opponent. Also, something to keep in mind, whether intentionally or accidentally, chances are you will still probably going to be hit on the open parts despite the fact that it is forbidden.
We also can’t ignore the sabatons armor. “Who will reach for that with a weapon?” you may ask. However, if you watch a buhurt, you’ll notice that if one falls down during the battle, the fight goes on, no one pays attention to you, and especially to where your feet are. However, they are open and any accidental impact is a threat. The fighters are focused on their enemies, not you, therefore even a member of your own team, in such a situation, is as dangerous to you as an enemy, if you don’t have sabatons armor.
I hope I have convinced you that full leg armor is an integral part of your battle equipment, and that lower leg armor is as important as upper leg armor. In addition, don’t forget to take care of your feet and put on sabatons armor. Of course, there is also the greaves leg armor option that would protect your shins.
Forge of Svan has been manufacturing medieval plate legs since 2004. We have extensive experience with splinted leg armor as well as leather leg armor. Therefore, don’t delay – get your battle protection. Your opponents have already ordered their armor from us a long time ago, that’s why they are so confident. Get yours today!