Aketon (acton, from the Spanish “alcoton” derived from arabic” al-qutum”, “cotton”) – is a kind of coat. Been used during the 13th – 15th century. This padded defensive jacket worn as a complete armour (by warriors of inferior rank). Or as padding for additional armour worn over the top. Aketon was generally quilted, either sewn
Doublet is a close-fitting outer garment. Was worn from the late 14th century to the mid 17th century. We offer you a replica of the fencing doublet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s irreplaceable under-armour wear. Handmade. A quality machine stitching. Doublet made of durable fabric, 100% cotton. Color – olive/khaki. With buttons and
Medieval Padded Armor & Quilted Armor
The question that many beginners face is what do you wear beneath your armor. Friends, don’t worry, back in the Middle Ages, people have already puzzled over this question and found the answer. Padded armor is what helps the modern fighter as much as it has helped warriors since the IV century AD.
What is the main purpose of the armor padding? Before the development of the metallurgical industry, that is, before people learned how to process steel, they covered their bodies with only quilted armor. Over time and the development of the metal and armor manufacturing industry, armor padding began to be used in addition to the main armor because large steel plates on their own don’t guarantee that the warriors won’t get a bruise or a fracture. In addition, padded armor allows to lock the armor with laces in the places where you find it convenient. Besides, many different armor pieces have to be attached to a quilted armor.
In the Middle Ages, people only used natural materials, such as wool, cotton, and others. Natural fabrics are more breathable than synthetic, but they are also less durable. This is the reason we now use fabrics with a little addition of synthetics. This extends the life of your padded armor and makes your hobby less costly, since you don’t have to update your armor padding as often.
Another question that we often hear is whether you can wash quilted armor. The answer is yes, you can. On Forge of Svan products, you will find tags with the washing instructions and according temperatures. Moreover, after prolonged and active use, it is recommended to wash the garments because it is like a winter jacket that you wear in the summer and actively play sports. Not washing your battle clothes means harming the people who are near you at the moment.
Liner, Padded Arming Coif and Padded Aventail
You need to wear a liner or padded arming coif under the helmet. Those two products are very similar, except for the fact that liner doesn’t usually protect the neck. Padded arming coif does protect the neck and you can cover it with aventail from metal plates or rings.
Both liner and padded arming coif are usually sewn to the helmet, therefore if you are planning a laundry day, you will have to remove it. To get it sewn back to the helmet after washing would require tools and experience, but it’s possible.
The padded aventail covers the neck and collarbones, usually is not sewn to the helmet, and can be used as a separate element.
Quilted stockings, or, as they are also known, padded stockings, is the clothes you put on your legs underneath the armor. If you’re not participating in the buhurt, don’t use thick quilted stockings, because you will get too hot in them.
You can order padded stockings of different thickness on our website. Usually, one layer of batting is enough for a duel. This will give you more mobility and you won’t be so hot.
Gambeson is the jacket you wear beneath your mail or plate armor (or, in some cases, you could wear it as armor itself.) We can do the jacket, as well as the padded stockings, in different thickness by using one or two sheet wadding, natural 100% cotton.
On our website, you can a wide range of various gambesons: budget ones for the full-contact battles according to HMB and IMCF, as well as more expensive reconstructions with preservation of all details. We have extensive experience in manufacturing gambeson, making them quickly and efficiently. The average production time for a gambeson is 2-4 weeks.
One final note on the armor. The elements the armor is fastened to are called arming points. These are reinforced areas where laces are sewn onto the quilted armor. On our site, you can order optional arming point for your quilted armor. This would simplify the attachment of armor and get rid of the extra headache.
Your historical fencing kit starts with quilted armor, so don’t delay and order now.