“Olegg the Mercenary” Viking Splint Greaves
Basic stainless steel splint greaves
A man called Olegg once gave me advice around the campfire, much of which I took to heart. “You never know when you might need to flee,” he told me, “so don’t pick armor that is difficult to run with”. He then pulled his splint greaves from his cloak, showing how easily they could be rolled up and put away. He also said “when you wrestle a bear, make sure you look it in eyes,” “do not eat ham at the gambling den”, and "when you enter the room, spit on biggest man there, always works, never have problems ever again. Guarantee”. Olegg says many things. We’d recommend you listen to maybe half of his advice. Which advice? Well, that’s up to you.
We have made the splints on these greaves extra thick to account for the lack of leather back to them. Each splint is cut from 2mm stainless steel, and will remain delightfully rust resistant compared to mild steel. They have two alternating widths to make sure you get the best fit around your leg possible. The thick splints are 3cm at the bottom, widening out to 4cm at the top, while the thinner splints are 2cm at the bottom and 2.5cm at the top. This accounts for the natural widening of the leg from ankle to calf, as we understand that legs are not just shaped like tubes! You’ll also find that the bottom of the greave flares out around the ankle to sit comfortably on top of your shoes instead of digging into you painfully, as less well designed renditions of this style could.
We have attached the splints with horizontal leather straps, two of which also have a buckle to connect at the back of your leg. The splints are secured with solid brass rivets, reinforced with washers at the back. Though these aren’t the fanciest greaves, we have still used premium materials: robust leather and gorgeous hand-cast buckles with a viking motif. Combined with the handsome brass rivets, these greaves really shiny with beautiful simplicity.
If you love the style but would like something a little bit fancier, take a look at our “The Evening Star” greaves - they have the same excellent design but the added bonus of ornate etching.
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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.
- 2mm (14ga) stainless steel;
- Brass rivets;
- Cast brass buckles.
- Historically inspired design;
- Rust resistant stainless steel;
- Attractive brass rivets;
- Hand cast viking buckles;
- Comfortable bent bottoms.
This item is part of the “Viking” collectionView collection