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In the XIV century Italy became a trendsetter of armor fashion in Western Europe. Italians were the first who dared to dress a knight in fully-enclosed plate armour, and created a Milanese armor, built of the large smooth rounded plates covering almost the entire surface of the body. The main feature of this style of armor was the knight helmet of a completely new type - Armet Helmet.
The bulk of the design for this model came from the Italian armets of the second half and late 15th century, the strongest influence came from an original "armet a` rondelle" dated about 1475 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, we didn’t intend to make an exact replica, rather to create a knight helmet that we feel would look in its place in XV century Europe.
Semispherical skull of the helmet rises to a slight peaked comb and extends at the back to form a distinctive narrow tail. There is an additional plate on the forehead, designed to reinforce this point and forming the lower part of the sight slit. Сlassic pointed visor of the helmet, named "sparrows' beak", is fitted with the external pivoted hinges and equipped with a pin on the right side, that enables the wearer to raise the visor for more air or to be recognized.
During the 15th-century armet knight helmet was characterised by the unique design of its sides - they are inner hinged at a point just over the ear and closed below the bottom edge of the visor at the front. The armet's cheek plates hinge outward to allow the helm to be put on and off, and secured with a peg that fits into a hole at the front and almost meet at the rear. Face opening and bottom edge of the cheek plates are trimmed with an outward turn.
The next important feature, that makes the armet very well suited for jousting, is an addition wrapper plate, that fits to the front of the armet and provides reinforcement for the lower half of the face. The wrapper includes the articulated overlapping plates that extend downward to protect the throat. It is of all 14 gauge mild steel construction, except the throat plates which are from 16 ga.
The helm is complemented with a disc-guard (rondell) and a moulded peg placed over the back closure. The rondell was a common detail of the armet helmets starting from the 1440s and up to the first decades of the 16th century. Obviously, there are no random pieces among the armour harness: the rondell protected from cutting off the leather straps as well as the rear joint of the cheek-plates.
Originally this medieval knight helmet can be used for any purpose - fully assembled with visor and wrapper for tournaments, or w/o wrapper as combat knight's helmet and w/o visor in dismounted combat. Due to the excellent technical qualities, the armet is absolutely essential to a fully armored heavy cavalryman who tourneys in a jousting contest and is also suitable for all other kinds of combat reenactment activities. The standard features of the helmet meet the armor requirements of the leading international living history groups, such as HMBIA (BotN), WMFC, upgraded to 14 ga stainless can be used for IMCF combat as well. Armet helmet works perfectly with the Milanese style cuirasses, such as Paladin Etched Stainless Cuirass Breastplate. There is also an etched version especially for those who believe in both functional and beautiful armor.
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Chin strap with a drawstring and toggle
Chin straps with one buckle (left pictures) and two buckles (right pictures).
Safety disclaimer: Sword-fighting and fencing is a dangerous sport. Fencing, historical fencing, medieval reenactment and martial arts as well as other related types of activity, are inherently connected to a certain risk level of injuries or death. The Company declines all responsibility for any traumas or harm done to oneself or to the third person, along with any material or consequential damage, impaired during the products usage. We admonish that all acts with armour, weapons or their components have to be performed before designated person who is responsible for safety of the particular event and accredited to supervise armour and sport weapon conformance to the event’s standards.
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Can this be made to ACL specs?
Hi Arnwal, yes it is possible. Please send us all the requirements to the helmet in the comment to your order.
Is it posible to see a picture of the helmets profile?
Dear Harry! You may check the helmet's profile here. It is the same helmet, but etched.
Is it possible to do a split payment option or does it all have to be in one go?
Hi Bradley! Yes, it is possible to split the payment.
This is an amazing helmet that I'd love to get, but I probably won't be able to place an order until January. Will it still be available by then, considering it is listed as limited?
Yes, the helmet should be available for custom order in January.
What is the visual difference between the two polishes? Also do you need to wear a padded coif or can you wear the helmet without one?
The visual difference between two types of polishing is that you can see your reflection in the mirror one once the satin polishing is dull.The helmet is meant to be worn over the padded coif. The padding is included into the helmet cost.
What happens if you get our measurements and make it but it doesn't fit in a particular way? Is there a fit guarantee?
The best warranty on the custom made item are measurements taken properly. We accept claims concerning misfits, but please be ready to provide us proofs of the accurate measurements in the form of photos with the tape measure attached. In
In case of our mistake, we will either remake the item or refund. In case of customer’s mistake he/she will have the opportunity to buy the remake for the 50% of the price approximately. In both cases the initial product should be sent back to the Company.
Hi Mate,i want buy this(Armet Knight Helmet)so what is that (Armet Knight Helmet) can be order with 2.5mm for the thick plate? Thanks :) Regards, Tomy Jenny
It can't be made of 2.5 mm steel, sorry. It's made of 2 mm mild steel, and can be upgrated to 1.5 mm ($100.00 extra) or 2 mm ($150.00 extra) stainless steel.
PLEASE PLEASE Consider this. This is amazing and beautiful helm. Could you make SCA bargrill for it? (had a website here but it wont allow me to send it-- Google Armet Bar Grill) shows one with an exchangeable bargrilL! Please consider this. I know you guys could do this better than the website and it would turn this helm into an art piece on weekdays and a very good helm at the SCA events!
We've discussed your request with the armorer, and he says it's quite difficult to make the armet with bargrill. Maybe we could step into this project in the future.
Greetings! I noticed that this helmet is now listed as limited; do you plan to no longer make this style of helm? I have been saving up for a while to order one of these and I want to make sure I will still have the chance. Thanks!
We're going to make at least five helmets of this model, you're welcome!
Is this helmet compatible with the "Paladin Knight Armor Kit Etched Stainless" armor suit?
Armet may be worn with Paladin Knight Armor Kit without bevor only. Please note, that the gorget with throat protection is already included in the Paladin armor suit.
This is my favorite style helmet. I can't wait until I have the cash to buy this with the Generation II ArmStreet's full kit of medieval knight armor. I will be the happiest man on earth. <3
The pictures are shown without any padding/lining. Does this helmet come with any padding or lingin, like the other helmets?
Yes, all our helmets come with lining by default.
The Armet Helm Exclusive Medieval Knight Armor is not shown with any padding or lining. I noticed the medieval Burgonet comes with a lining/padding, and was wondering if that was standard with all of your helms or if it only came with the ones it was shown with. Also, if I would like this helm (the Armet Helm Exclusive Medieval Knight Armor) as opposed to the one that comes standard with the MEDIEVAL KNIGHT ARMOR SCA FUNCTIONAL SUIT would there be an upcharge, and if so how much? Thank You ~Keeper Smith
Authentic padding and chin strap are included.Change on armet helmet will cost $250 extra.
Hello Is the neck thing in the picture included? Thanks!
Yes, bevor is included.
Amazing work, great steel accent to use with any sort of armor! Thank you very
Fantastic hand made helmet. Outstanding execution. Thanks!