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Splinted Greaves - 16 Gauge - SNSA9503

Splinted Greaves - 16 Gauge
 

Retail Price:$87.95
$65.96

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16 Gauge Steel

This pair of splinted greaves are composed of 16 gauge steel bands riveted to a backing of sturdy leather straps. These backing straps are fitted with a steel buckle which allows them to be adjusted to fit around the shin.

Simple, but efficient, this type of armor was a lower cost option for the late medieval man-at-arms who needed stout armored protection but could not afford the form-fitted contours of custom-crafted greaves. They may lack the elegance of well-crafted plate greaves, but these splinted greaves are not to be underestimated in the protection they provide.

The protected area is essentially impervious to cuts; a lucky thrust from a blade might find the gap between the splints, but against a moving and fighting target this is easier said than done. This is practical armor for the medieval man-at-arms.

The idea of splinted shin armor was not unique to Europe - warriors of medieval Japan commonly wore their own form of splinted shin and forearm armor.
 






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