This unusual buckler is ably illustrated in the Fechtbuch fighting manuals of Hans Talhoffer – a German fencing master of Swabia. His illustrations cover a dizzying array of fighting stances and techniques with practically all the weapons and unarmed combat of the 15th century. This hostile-looking buckler is a weapon unto itself and Talhoffer depicts the buckler being used to punch an opponent, which the highly raised boss accentuates.
This Talhoffer Buckler is made from 16 gauge steel. It has a riveted steel bar grip of twisted steel and the inside of the boss has been blackened. The apex of the bucklers central boss is 5 high. The steel finish has been darkened for an antiqued appearance.