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;
- open cell foam fabric padding (light formats);
- closed cell foam fabric padding (heavy formats).