Italian Bascinet Longface
Klappvisor bascinet helmet, late 14th c.
Without a doubt, the most recognizable, and reproduced, piece of armour from the 14th Century is the bascinet with its characteristic “klappvisor.” The rounded shape of the bascinet replaced sword-catching flattened areas of the Great Helm with a surface area designed to direct the blow away from the armour, creating “glancing” shots that did little or no damage to the knight. As any 14th century reenactor can attest, the design of the bascinet not only reduces the impact of “head shots,” the klapvisor allows for greater access to all-important air, quickly, after a battle.
Knowing our customers wish to portray the era with not only style but distinction as well, our ArmStreet artisans searched for a distinguishing style of visor for this defining piece of 14th century armour. We are certain that our take on the Stibbert Museum “Longface” klappvisor bascinet will allow you to stand out from the crowd whether you are standing in a shield wall or refighting the Combat of the Thirty.
We built this model without the decorative etching for reenactment societies with extremely strict guidelines on period armour and clothing.
Our bascinet is dished by hand using the same techniques employed by the armourers in Milan or Greenwich centuries ago.
The bascinet comes with authentically styled padding and chinstrap as well as a mild steel aventail.
This helm is built from sturdy 2 mm (14 ga) stainless steel, given a beautiful hand-polish and will serve you well for many years to come.
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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.
- Bargrill is available for $130 extra
Main bascinet features:
- 14 ga (2 mm) stainless steel
- Removable visor
- Chin strap and padding included
- Etched version is also available in our store
- no padding by request;
- cell foam fabric padding.
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Tristan 29 of October 2018:
Review time, before I start I would like to inform you I am in the SCA and I am not the best so I eat a lot of shots. This is one of the most comfortable helmets I have ever wore. I have a collection too, and its very protective, the suspended liner and its being very well padded means you can take one hell of a beating. I would recommend getting a riveted aventail as butted chain mail does break apart, but it is very easy to repair. I will recommend you to get the bargrill visor over the stock one for a few reasons, breathing in the stock visor is quite limited (its a closed face visor so duhhh) and the vision is not as good as a bargrill. If you fight with the stock visor and take a good shot to the face and the rattan hits the visor, expect to be fixing the visor as the visor's eye will close up and you will have to hammer open the eye again, I have done this many times and it has not cracked so your ok in that department. The weight is not too much but its not a ultra light helm that mass weapons will destroy. Make sure you state you want to have a buckled chin strap though as the new system is not the best (one of the knights I train with regularly stated "that's a dumpster fire" when commenting on the chin strap in one of my helms) so go with the buckles and straps. Over all I give this helm a 9/10 with the bar-grill visor.ArmStreet Team:
Thank you for your feedback, Tristan!
Handgrenadealien 13 of August 2010:
I had the good fortune to purchase one of these, which arrived safely last week. Excellent example of the armourers craft, just the right amount of hammer texture left after polish, beautifully symmetrical, very comfortable to wear. Considering the amount of work that must have gone into it this helmet really is worth every penny. Knocks everything else I have seen into a cocked hat.ArmStreet team:
Thank you! Always welcome back to ArmStreet!
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How much more for polished versus satin. And how much more for 12 gauge versus 14 gauge. Thanks
Hi Aidan, 12 ga steel option is available in the listing, there is no extra cost for it. Please simply leave a comment to your order that mirror polishing is required, no extra cost.
The aventail appears to be butted. How much would it cost to include a riveted aventail
Hi Gottfried, riveted aventail costs $70 extra at the moment.
Hi there, I am interested in knowing a bit of the history of the design. Were Klappvisor style bascinets common in Italy. Most I've seen are of German origins. The reason I'm asking is that I'm looking to put together a set of armour that is primarily of Italian design.
Klappvisor is a german invention, so they were indeed more common on the territory of modern Germany and Switzerland. But if to take into account that two main smitheries of that period are Milan and Venice, we could assume that bascinets with the Klappvisor could be made in Italy too. Here is the Italian bascinet we offer, also here is one with etching.
Just to clarify before I order, is the "Late XIV Century Klapvisor Bascinet with Stibbert Museum “Longface” Visor" made of 2mm stainless steel or cold rolled? The description in "Main bascinet features" made it a bit confusing.
Basically comes in 2 mm cold-rolled steel.
I would like to know the full price with visor. thanks
The visor is included. Additional SCA bargrill is available for $130 extra.
From the pictures this helmet looks amazing the only thing is that I already have a mail aventail so I'm wondering if it's cheaper without the aventail it has on it but still with the fitting to attach one if it is cheaper I would like to know how much cheaper it is? Would really apreshiate a reply and very seriously consitdering byeing this helmet thank you.
You can order it w/o aventail, $50 off.
Howdy, Can you give me the price of this helm in stainless, satin finish with no liner and no chain avantail? My thanks, Mark
16 ga stainless - $115 extra, or 14 ga stainless - $180 extra.
Satin finish - free option.
No liner - free option.
No aventail - you'll save $50.
does it come in stainless steel
Basically comes in 2 mm (14 ga) cold-rolled (mild) steel.
Upgrade to 16 ga stainless steel+stainless steel aventail available for $115 extra.
Upgrade to 14 ga stainless steel+stainless steel aventail available for $180 extra.
WONDERFUL work, beautiful craftsmanship, I look forward to! GREAT experience!
Greatest helmet in my collection! Great work. I'll definitely buy again. Good transaction. Good to deal with.