Steel Kneecaps – which are known as “Kneibuckel” in German, “ginocchielli” in Italian, and “genouillères” in French – are assumed by some historians to be the first step toward full plate leg harnesses. Knee coverage with plates was essential and the rest of the leg followed from there.
During the XII century, knights used chainmail stockings. However, mail was not strong enough to adequately protect the knees. This weak spot was typically reinforced with a thick piece of leather with a small round steel plate sewn on top of it. This type of construction was not comfortable because the thick leather posed a problem to leg mobility. As such, the thick piece of leather was removed, and the steel plate become bigger. Kneecaps were fixed to the knees with the help of leather straps and steel buckles.
Our Steel Kneecaps have round wings and are reinforced with ribs. They are decorated with leather elements and equipped with straps and buckles.
Your future Steel Kneecaps are available in a variety of metals and thicknesses.
Please note that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.