Fantasy theme gave a significant push for hobbys in one way or another connected with fencing and armor developing. Of course we can not ingnore this direction. In general, if you want to collect the most realistic fantasy armor - we are at your service! Especially since our armor has a nice design and you can create the necessary image with it.

Part of our armor elements are also suitable for HEMA. But in the future we plan to develop mittens, elbows, knees, etc specially for this direction. Part of our armor elements are also suitable for HEMA. But in the future we plan to develop specially for this discipline mittens, elbows, knees, etc. This direction of fencing is based on medieval fencing books (training books) and special very flexible and light swords are used here.

In fighting stylization, we first of all provide protection and convenience. When developing such armor, we combine the existing elements and parts of the medieval armor existing separately, but in close regions and time frames.

In historical reconstruction, we try to maximally repeat the geometry of the example artifact. The difficulty is that often both the example and the artifact are located far from us. Therefore, such work requires considerable skill.

Gauntlet “Black prince II”

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Gauntlet “Black prince II”

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  • Area of usageReenactment
  • Area of coverageWrist
  • RegionEurope
  • Period of usagemiddle of the 14-15th centuries
  • Weight1700 g/pair
  • Area of usageReenactment
  • Area of coverageWrist
  • RegionEurope
  • Period of usagemiddle of the 14-15th centuries
  • Weight1700 g/pair

Despite of such gauntlet’s functionality in the medieval times they are not to be used in sports in modern times. Currently the pressure of the crushing hits on the armor is quite bigger, so it is easy to break your fingers.

Despite of such gauntlet’s functionality in the medieval times they are not to be used in sports in modern times. Currently the pressure of the crushing hits on the armor is quite bigger, so it is easy to break your fingers.

Description

Mittens covered with steel plates started to appear back in early 13th century.  But even in the beginning of the 14th century mail gauntlets were still in use, being the extension of the mail sleeve. But in the middle of 14th century European armor acquired significant improvements. It is quite noticeable by the wrist protection as first versions of plate gauntlets appeared.

Hourglass gauntlets usually have big cuff which covers the wrist and the base of the thumb. Also the cuff could be widened giving the gauntlets specific shape of the hourglass.

The most preserved hourglass gauntlets are kept in the Canterbury Cathedral, they belonged to Edward of Woodstock, known as «the Black Prince».

Plates which protect the fingers usually remained lost. But on the Black Prince gauntlets they were perfectly preserved, which adds up to their historical value.

The specific feature of the hourglass gauntles is shrpened plates on the knuckles and reibs on the edges of the nails – galdings.

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Another specific feature of this type of gauntlets was a knuckle-rider. It is an additional movable plate on the knuckles.

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It is attached to the cuff by the rivets, and leather straps for fingers are riveted onto it. Such construction adds up to movability while holding a fist.

On the edges of the steel detail leather was riveted for sewing the fabric padding. Leather finger straps were sewn as well.

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Despite of such gauntlet’s functionality in the medieval times they are not to be used in sports in modern times. Currently the pressure of the crushing hits on the armor is quite bigger, so it is easy to break your fingers.