OUR ARMOUR:High-quality replicas of historical examples

The knight’s armour must be strong enough to protect him from the powerful blow of lance, sword or bodkin while still being flexible enough to enable him to sit firmly in the saddle atop his charging warhorse. On foot, the knight harness must allow him to fight vigorously with sword or pollaxe and, if necessary, re-mount his horse. Few armorers today have the requisite knowledge or skill to re-create a fifteenth-century harness even remotely to historical standards.

“Why?” you might ask. Despite museums around the world being filled with countless examples of medieval armour, very few complete suits have actually survived intact. Most of the internal leathers have rotted away over the centuries. Bits and pieces have fallen off and been lost. The vast majority of those seen in books and on display are “composite,” meaning they have been assembled together by modern-day curators in an effort to replicate what armor should have looked like.

Unfortunately, an overwhelming number of poorly-crafted armours saturate the marketplace. They are often ill-fitted to the buyer, which only serves to perpetuate the myth that medieval armor was overly cumbersome and almost impossible to wear. Visit almost any Renaissance Fair and you will no doubt come across an army of self-professed experts who swear that knights had to be winched onto their horses and were unable to rise if pushed over in battle.

Knyghtly Armes uses high-quality harnesses that are replicas of historical examples using tempered spring steel with a high carbon content.

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