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If you’re on a quest to find yourself armor that is both functional and also remarkable to look at, it is very difficult to ignore medieval Gothic. Though this style of armor was originally designed in the XV century, you can still find it all over the world in historical displays and museums. You can identify Gothic armor by its anatomically shaped pieces, especially fitted greaves and tapered waists, and of course, the artistic folds in the metal referred to as fluting. The most magnificent aspect of this armor, though, is probably how functional it is: perfect articulation makes it very easy to fight in.
We have a long history with Gothic armor and have been manufacturing it for many years. Because we have been making it for so long, we can’t help but discover new ways to do things and better designs for our customers. This is the third iteration of our gothic armor, which is even more beautiful and functional than ever before. It hasn’t come easily - there has been a lot of experimentation and wasted metal in the process, but our master blacksmith is now excited to share the finished result! This listing is for a set of two main pieces from our new Gothic Knight set of armor: a pair of pauldrons and a gorget.
The pauldrons in this set are possibly some of the most beautiful shoulder armor our smiths have ever created. They include a roped edge made from twisted wires on the top and bottom and gentle fluting on the main piece. From the main piece, two articulated pieces attach to the top, creating a comfortable drape from your shoulders. Two holes in the first piece allow you to lace it to your gambeson or arming doublet with ease. Down from the central piece are four additional lames, providing great coverage of your arm. The front of each lame is connected with our usual method of articulation (solid rivets and leather), whereas the back is connected via sliding rivets to give you a little bit more movement without having to sacrifice any of your protection. The bottom of the pauldron connects to your arm with a leather strap and buckle.
This pair of pauldrons come with another exciting detail: incredible besegews! The circular shape has a laser-cut piece of decoration in the middle, in the shape of a cross. It is attached with tiny brass rivets and a structural center rivet. From the middle of the circle, you’ll find fluting that spreads out to the edges and punch work trefoil shapes. The besegew connects to the rest of the pauldron with a strap of leather on the underside, meaning they float beautifully and don’t hinder your movement.
The gorget we created for this set is protective and comfortable. It looks fantastic with a roped edge at the top, and two articulated pieces that form a collar. The main piece is sculpted into an interesting shape on your chest, with a more rectangular shape to protect the back of your neck and upper shoulders. One side of the gorget has a strong hinge, whereas the other side has our tried-and-true push-pin mechanism. This is an easy way to open and close the gorget without the need for fiddly buckles or anything else obviously modern. All three pieces are connected on the inside with thick leather straps that give you great flexibility without impacting the amount of protection you get.
We have created both of these beautiful items from our premium materials with our best craftsmanship. The metal we use is mostly 1.5mm stainless steel, which is a great thickness because it provides a decent amount of protection without being overly heavy. You’ll find 1mm stainless steel on the besegews of the pauldrons. Stainless steel is rust resistant and responds well to heavy use - simply wipe it with a dry cloth after exposure to moisture, and you’re good to go! We use solid brass rivets that have been peened over onto washers, which leads to solid construction that will handle well in heavy formats of fighting. Quality leather straps and cast brass buckles are also used, which look fantastic! We have two options for you to choose from for surface finish: mirror and satin. Mirror polish best suits anyone wishing to be a knight in shining armor, as it’s very reflective. The satin finish is still lustrous, but not quite as shiny and more matte. We can also make this set in mild steel, though we do highly recommend stainless steel as your material of choice.
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This item is part of the “Gothic knight” collection
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If I want to combine the Medieval Gorget “Black Knight” with the gothic paulrons, would it be possible to have the pauldrons made the the system to hook director to the gorget? Would that work smoothly with their design? What would the cost difference be?
Dear Karras, yes we can make the Medieval Gorget “Black Knight” with the gothic pauldrons and they will match perfectly. Such combination costs $30 less. Please let us know if it works for you. Kind regards, Alyona