A utilitarian helm, the Kettle hat was typically worn by medieval infantrymen and was common throughout all Europe. It was known as the Eisenhut in German and the Chapal de Fer in French – They both mean iron hat.
Fairly simple to create, the Kettle hat was already being mass produced in England around 1011 – more than half a century before the Norman Invasion. Both sight and hearing are unobstructed by this helmet, leaving the infantrymans senses sharp so that he may better respond to mass orders and organization. The wide brim is excellent at deflecting attacks coming from on high, and could foil a strike from the weapon of a horseman. These helmets were excellent in sieges, for arrows coming from above were deflected by the helmet brim. Just a slight downward tilt of the chin and helmet when trouble is sighted is all that is needed for most of the wearers head area to become a projectile deflection shield. As an added bonus, it gives the fighting man a bit of shade.
This helm is made from 14 gauge steel with riveted and welded construction. The interior of the helm has been blackened and is lined with an integrated leather suspension that with a leather tie so that it can be adjusted to fit. A buckled, integrated leather chin strap keeps the helm securely on the head.