Birka Lamellar Armor
Lamellar armor in Early Middle Ages was not so popular as chainmail however some archaeological findings (Birka, Gotland, Sweden) give a proof that this kind of armor was used in Scandinavic region. According to historical sources viking armor had some influence from Byzantine Empire and Kyivan Rus since some vikings were mercenaries in both. In common conception lamellar armor was the most popular among nomadic tribes of Middle East.
The original metal plates were found during the excavations of viking village in Sweden. But historians are not sure that this armor invented in Scandinavia beause the similar metal plates as they were found in Birka were also found in Altai region. It stands to reason that this body armor is very beautiful and can be used in nowaday full contact sport.
Lamellar armor is made of steel scales fixed by leather laces. Each scale is overlapping next one. Finally each line of scales is overlapping a line above. In our Birka lamellar we decided to use paracord laces because of well known durability of this material. With paracord you can be sure no steel scale will be lost. If you would like Birka Lamellar be made with leather laces – you can choose it optionally.
Our Birka lamellar armor consist of eight lines of steel scales. It is equipped with leather straps and buckles on the back part.
Edges of outside steel plates are bordered with leather. Shoulder lines of scales are fixed on the piece of leather because this part gets the weight pressure of all lamellar armor.
One of the biggest advantages of our Birka Lamellar armor is reasonable price. You can hardly find alike body armor with such protective qualities providing high motion properties for the same price.
Any, even very powerful, hits will be cushioned because each plate is interlaced with the cord in several places. Apparently that the authentic lamellar armor plates were fixed with leather laces, but we use a paracord lace because this material significantly increases the life of the equipment.
It is necessary to know the specifics of this lamellar armor, namely that there are some open unprotected places. We in Forge of Svan workshop are concerned about your safety, so when choosing this armor for the full contact medieval fight, please keep in mind that you need to add other suitable armor parts. And remember, smart use gives you a guarantee of safety.
You can order Birka Lamellar be made from titanium or hardened steel, this will significantly reduce the weight of armor and give you advantage during important moments of the tournament. It can be completed with Lamellar Pauldrons.
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.