Starting from about the XIII century, knights start to feature metal gauntlets. This equipment was expensive to manufacture because it required the armory smith to have great skills. In addition, steel was still an expensive material. As a result, only kings and wealthy knights could afford metal gloves.
The poorer warriors could only use leather gauntlets. Granted, at times they were enforced with small steel plates for palm protection. This helped to improve safety and avoid serious injury.
The leaders also wore metal gauntlets when they wanted to elevate their status as army commanders. You can agree that the king couldn’t go to war dressed in an everyday ordinary outfit. As he spoke his motivational words in front of the entire army, he also had to be dressed in the armor, including the palm and wrist protection. Therefore, as you can see, for certain segments of the population, using full armor was simply necessary for different situations.
Modern fighters are very fond of using metal gauntlets. Everyone can afford them now. So what are the advantages they provide? Mobility is one of them. During fencing, it is especially important to have your wrist as free as possible. After all, you have to be sure that when you are ready, you’ll be able to strike the enemy. Your sword is an extension of your hand and you need to feel your weapon fully. Without having to worry about your hands getting slapped hard, you’ll be able to concentrate on the distance to your enemy and put all your efforts – both physical and mental – into winning the match.
Those who say that victory is not as important as participation aren’t fully truthful. After all, you train all year round to win. Yes, participation is an integral part of winning, but it’s not all. Our steel gauntlets will help you make another step towards your triumph. Order them on the Forge of Svan website and feel the freedom of movement in your palms when you put them on.
It’s important to understand that metal gloves are mainly suitable only for duels because in duels you use lighter weapons. Small steel plates that are attached to the fingers won’t withstand the impact of halberd or an ax. Therefore, if you’re planning to fight in buhurt, you’ll be better off in mitten gauntlets. They will be much better protection from being hit by two-handed weapons.
When you put on this type of armor, you feel fantastic. You can watch as little steel plates along the rivets repeat the minute movements of your fingers. Everyone who sees steel gloves is sure to want to wear them to experience this feeling. It’s incredible. You feel like a medieval knight, a warrior; you feel real. This is why we all like to wear armor – there is something special about it and this feeling is even heightened when you wear the metal gloves.
Many European museums dedicated to medieval weapons feature steel gauntlets of many different styles and types, for example with the open or covered thumb. In the Handbuch der Waffenkunde (the encyclopedia on armory written by Wendelin Boeheim), there is a picture of spiked gloves. Apparently, the owner of these gloves could cling to something with the help of these spikes. This encyclopedia also contains a picture of gloves that have closed palm protection. Possibly, this was done in order to be able to grasp the opponent’s weapon.
At the end of the armor era, armory smiths achieved great mastery in the production of metal gloves. They were ornamented with the help of engraving and inlaying. It became a true art.
With the rise of firearms, all these achievements were practically nullified because this type of armor no longer could withstand the hits and protect the wearer well. However, with the revival of the medieval full contact battles, the art is experiencing a renaissance as well. Get your steel gauntlets for the next fight – feel the power and freedom of movement while being fully protected from the opponents’ hits.