The Kusnacht Brigandine style is one of the most popular brigandines in full contact medieval combat as well as for reenactment. Our model is based on the historical original from Kusnacht Castle in Switzerland (Armor No. 1, after Thordeman 1939), which was burnt in 1352 (Gessler 1923). cThe two main reasons for the popularity of our Kusnacht Brigandine are its easily demonstrable historical accuracy and its reasonable price to quality ratio.
This style is attractive due to its basic but smart design. Horizontal plates are rounded on all sides of the torso and each plate is overlapped by the next. It fits tightly to the body , which in addition to increasing its protective qualities, provides excellent mobility. Moreover, our Kusnacht Brigandine is quick and easy to put on and remove as it is donned by pulling it over the head like a poncho. The four rows of leather straps on each side allow you to adjust it for maximum comfort and safety. All of this makes the Kusnacht the brigandine of choice for those looking to balance safety with comfort and mobility.
As with all Forge of Svan brigandines we offer a variety of customization options. You can substitute the wool of the base model for sumptuous suede leather and can choose from different metals for the plates of the armor: tempered steel (increased strength and resistance to deformation), stainless steel (strength and corrosion resistance), and titanium (extremely high strength-to-density ratio and corrosion resistance). All plates come in either 1mm or 1.5mm thickness. Regardless of the options you choose, your plates and exterior textile will also be connected to a canvas layer for added durability (though we do advise wearing a tabard over all brigandines to further protect the outer layer of fabric).
Our Kusnacht Brigandine is universal armor; it can fit all body types and is suitable both for mass buhurt combats and duel tournaments. With over 15 years of experience in armor manufacturing we have optimized the construction process and accordingly, it only requires 4-7 weeks to make your future Kusnacht Brigandine.
Please note, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.