This Talhoffer style buckler is made from robust 16 gauge steel which has been blued for an antiqued steel finish. The large shield boss is durably riveted into position and the steel bar grip on the reverse is also anchored with rivets and then finished with two halves of wood for a grip.
This devilish looking buckler is taken right from the pages of Hans Talhoffers Fechtbuch – a 15th century fighting manual. This buckler is certainly different in form from the standard round buckler – its boss is large and raised – perhaps to make it even better to punch the foe in close. Its edges terminate in a series of spiked angles strengthened with fluted ridges – these could be used to woefully strike an enemy as the force of the blow would be concentrated on a single point. Whatever its intended design, the Talhoffer Buckler is an undeniably aggressive looking defense tool – one that may well double as an effective weapon in its own right when wielded with skill and cunning.