This buckler is inspired by those used in Hans Talhoffers Fechtbuch fighting manuals of the 15th century. A German fencing master of Swabia, his ample illustrations cover a dizzying array of fighting stances and techniques with practically all the weapons and unarmed combat situations of the day. This buckler is a sparring-friendly version of his more spiky buckler, though it is no less capable in the defense. Its teardrop shape gives ample area to absorb and deflect the strikes of an opponent. Its ridged surface fluting and rim give it strength. It is made from 16 gauge steel and has a riveted steel twisted bar grip. The boss is raised 1 1/2 from the surface and the interior of the boss has been blackend. The steel has been darkened for an antiqued appearance.