Medieval helmet consists of many elements. Depending on the type of the helmet it can be: dome (the main part), visor, eye-slots, comb, hinges, vervelles, fastenings and nails, decorations. Each element has its own history and purpose. Visor hinges let you open and close the visored helmets such as Bascinet Klappviser. There are a couple ways to make hinge. In our work we like to combine ancient and modern technologies.
Sand molded casting – it’s a very old technologie. It was used in China in 1300 BC. In Europe this method was described by Italian scientist Vannoccio Biringuccio in his book “De La Pirotechnia” first published in 1540, at Venice.
The necessity to equip troops in Europe with not expensive but fast made armor led to development of armor Craft productions. The division of labor was one of the effective ways to produce armor and helmets much faster than it was before. In their work blacksmiths used casting methods as well as forge welding.
Before polymers were invented – people used natural materials such as bees wax to make a sand mold. Melted metal burns out the wax and gets the shape of the wax pattern. In Forge of Svan we use 3-D modeling widely. Instead of beeswax we prefer to work with 3-D printed models.
Watching the process of how armor gets through all the manufacturing steps to become your helmet or body harness – we are glad to share it with you. Choosing the steel arms or steel legs protection from Forge of Svan you can be sure you’ll get well-made armor in time.