Padded Upper Leg and Knee Armor - Natural - AB0283

Padded Upper Leg and Knee Armor - Natural

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This set of padded armor is designed to protect the thighs and the knee. It is worn from the belt by a leather belt loop. A concave disc of hardened leather sewn onto the armor protects the knee.

This padded armor is crafted from thick canvas-like cotton with a poly-fill insert. It is lined with leather at the edges for durability and adjusted to fit the leg with leather laces on the reverse.

Padded armor provides more effective protection than many people think; the thick material is difficult to slice and cut through. The Crimean War gives a relatively modern anecdote to this truth, as British light cavalry with their sabers noted that it was difficult to slice into the thick woolen greatcoats worn by their Russian foes and this greatly hampered their efforts.

While it could be used as a defense on its own, padded armor was best paired with other forms of armor over it - chainmail or steel could deflect a strike, but padding was needed to dissipate and absorb the force of the blow, lest the wielder feel much of the shock imparted onto steel and chain from a strike moved right onto his bones.

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