Rondels “The King's Guard”
Finger gauntlets extra protection plates
Despite an adequate protection offered by our finger gauntlets, encounters with heavy weapon still may pose a risk of trauma. Small rondels or “finger bucklers” of various shapes and sizes appears in the late XIII - early XIV century — to provide additional protection to the hand — to counter the advancement of weapon in that period.
Finger bucklers retained their popularity for the next three hundred years, even after the introduction of steel gauntlets, especially in the areas where bucket-hilt swords were less popular or the usual bucklers, tarches and rodelos were too cumbersome to carry.
Here we are proud to present a pair of finger bucklers or rondels made as a companion piece to our “The King's Guard” armor.
This pair of nice little historical pieces are offering additional protection for your finger gauntlets. Elegantly looking and historically accurate, these rondels will serve as extra protection when you need it. When you feel that fight may be tough — take your rondels and put them over your gauntlets.
Great for SCA fighters, reenactments and WMA/Renaissance practice – especially for the weapons like messer, saber or arming sword where speed is essential, but the an extra protection without sacrificing agility would be more then welcomed.
Custom ornamentation and heavier gauge steel are available upon request.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
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.
Materials and features:
- Main material: 16 ga (1.5 mm) stainless steel (cold-forged);
- Bordering: brass with etching;
- Straps: leather;
- Border inscription:
- Latin [Psalm 18:36] "Et dedisti mihi scutum salutis tuae"
- English: “Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation”
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Brenda Kearney 29 of May 2023:
I bought these finger-buckler as a prop for a LARP. They are very well made and an excellent compliment to any armor, A beautiful piece of work.
Roy Worrall 05 of September 2019:
Love the work on the knuckle guard roundels. The strap is a bit long, but I can fix that easily.
Robert L. Coleman, Jr. 14 of July 2015:
I got these finger-buckler with engraving on the brass only. They are a nice compliment to my Wisby gauntlets, and are a perfect tie-in for my Templar portrayal. Very well constructed, nicely done!
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Are these sold as a set, i.e. one for each hand?
They are sold as a set.
Could these Rondelle plates be re-purposed as besagews to go with the Kings Guard Pauldrons?
The rondelles can be used as besegews for the King`s Guard Pauldrons, if you hang them with the leather strap.
Hello again. I wanted to ask a couple of clarifying questions. You say it is possible to have custom etchings, is that just for the center or is that include the phrase on the brass edge? Would it possible to have the etching on the center to be able to match the etching on the "Prince of the East" turban helm etching? How much would it be to change brass etching to say "Si hoc legere scis nimium festinat" and the steel etching be the "Prince of the East" turban helm etching?
Both modifications are possible, such upgrade will cost $90 extra. Please note, the inscription can be applied only in the same font as the original inscription.
Is it possible to purchase this with different text and different pattern for the center decoration?
Yes, custom etching is possible, please send the illustration at firstname.lastname@example.org. Price depends on the complexity of the ornament/ lettering style and its size or length of the inscription.
WOW!!! Amazing armor! Just what i need for my alebardist suit!
Thank you, Raul! You're welcome!
Could you give me the dimensions of these (an estimate)I do not understand what size they are.
Diameter is about 5.5" (14 cm) approximately.
(1) Is there a discount for ordering without any embellishments, just the bare steel with rolled edges? (2) Is it possible to skip the center decoration and treatments? (3) Is it possible to skip the brass border? (4) Is it possible to provide a different border inscription?
Can be made without etching and brass border, you'll save $10.
Are you able to make a pair with only engravings in the brass accent and the steel part plain?
Of course, just add a comment to your order.
I would really like to see the historical reference that you found for this use of this piece of armor to protect the hands. Everything I have found for the use of the rondelle is for the protection of the armpits. I think it is a good idea for the hands and would like to see the provenance for it's use there. Thank you! ~Dr. Ben
What gauge steel are these?
Stainless steel and brass accents are 1.5 mm thick, 16 ga.
What a God work, awesome!