Brigantine – armour of the plates, hardened under a cloth base. Carded basis of chivalry Brigantine was often covered with velvet, often with the arms, and was attached to a decorative rivets form. In XIII-XIV centuries, the brigantine was a typical knight’s armour, and in the XV century – typical for infantry. The use of large plates fixed together in rows was typical for the 14 c. European coat of plates.
Kusnacht is one of the most popular Brigandine. Based on historical original from Kusnacht castle in Switzerland (Armor No. 1, after Thordeman 1939), which was burnt in 1352 (Gessler 1923).
This type of brigandine was dressed up over the head like a poncho. The two main reasons for the popularity of Kusnacht are: first – it’s historically accurate and has historical source; second – reasonable price.
This armor attracts by its basic and smart design. Horizontal plates are rounded on all sides of torso. Each one is overlapped by the next plate. Thanks to this Kusnacht Brigandine provides good motion mobility. It fits tight to the body.
There’s row of leather straps on sides. This brigandine is quite fast to put it on and take it off. That can be really important when you have not much time to get into your armor equipment.
One of the good things the brigandine armor has – the plenty variants of shell covering. It can be fabric or leather. At Forge of Svan we offer different colors for both. Moreover, to make the shell covering more hit resistant additionally we use layer of canvas under the main covering. So whatever you choose fabric or leather – you always get 2 layers shell covering. I advise also to wear tabard or surcoat over your armor.
Kusnacht is quite universal armor. It suits guys and girls. Can be used for mass buhut combats and duel tournaments.
For more than 15 year of experience in armor manufacturing we got optimized all processes. It requires about 4-8 weeks to make Kusnacht Brigandine. You can choose it to be made from mild steel, tempered steel or titanium.
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.