Bascinet shaped helmets with a flat face visor are by far the most popular amongst sportsmen engaged in medieval full contact combat in both buhurt and duel categories under HMB, IMCF and SCA regulations. The bascinet was developed from a helmet that looked like a small hat. Medieval knights wore it under a much heavier and more solid helmet called a top helm. During the initial clash on horseback at the very beginning of the battle, knights used both helmets at the same time. Once on foot and about to change their weapon to battle axes and swords, they shed their heavy top helmets and continued the fight using only the bascinet. During the time when top helms were prevalent the bascinet did not have a visor. It only covered the head, so the neck and face remained unprotected.
From approximately the XIV century the bascinet acquired a visor and the posterior part that encloses the neck lengthened. The progressive development of the bascinet gradually lead it to replace the top helm as the latter was no longer needed. In addition to increasing the protection provided by the bascinet, the visor of a bascinet allowed knights to feel more comfortable as its ventilation holes increased their breathing ability relative to a top helm. Additionally, during long marches the visor could be lifted without fear of exposing oneself because it could easily close when necessary, to allow the knight to take the field. The “lock button” on spoletto helms prevent uncontrolled opening of the visor and therefore provides reliable protection.
The evolution of the bascinet helmet was not limited to the appearance of the visor and additional neck protection. Bascinets also gained an interior padded lining. A padded liner is a kind of fabric hat padded with soft, natural materials which is sewed inside of the helmet through special holes in the dome of the helmet. The padding serves mainly as shock-absorption, helping to reduce the effects of the strongest strokes from halberds, axes, or falchions.
Our Bacinet – Spoleto Helm is designed to take into account all the specifics of medieval full contact combat and offers maximum protection and reliability. It will serve you well whether you’re engaged in a duel or a buhurt.
Each detail, down to the smallest rivet or leather strap is designed and manufactured by our highly skilled craftsmen. During the manufacturing process we carefully monitor the quality of our products. You can always count on our professional services in sales and construction. We are glad to answer all of your questions, so don’t hesitate to contact our managers.
Our armor and helmets are made using different materials such as mild steel, hardened steel, stainless steel, and titanium. Helmets made from tempered steel, mild steel, or stainless steel can be practically used both in duels and buhurt. We don’t recommend the use of titanium helmets in buhurts. But it has an evident advantage in duels because of its low weight.
After more than 15 years of helmet manufacturing, we have gained extensive experience in the manufacture of bascinet helmets. Although we are very fond of history and respect the craftsmanship of XII and XIV century blacksmiths, modern fighting sports require a modern approach, which is why we use modern equipment. Our goal is to achieve the shortest manufacturing time while maintaining the highest quality and safety in all of our products.
When ordering your bascinet from us you can be sure that your order will arrive in 8 – 10 weeks. We draw your attention that if helmet is ordered without aventail – it’ll made without vervelles.
Please note that the visor of the helmet will be made from the material you chose with a thickness of 2.0mm.