Kettle hats

A kettle hat is a type of helmet made of steel in the shape of a hat. There are many design variations. The only common element is a wide brim that afforded extra protection to the wearer.

Kettle Hat 1275-1350 - Sale

Kettle Hat 1275-1350 - Sale

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Chapel de Fer

Chapel de Fer

Detail 127,00 € In stock

Kettle hat with Full Brim

Kettle hat with Full Brim

Detail 124,00 € 3 Weeks

Kettle hat with short brim

Kettle hat with short brim

Detail 127,00 € 3 Weeks

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Kettle hats

The kettle hat was common all over Medieval Europe.[citation needed] It was called Eisenhut in German and chapel de fer in French (both names mean "iron hat" in English). It was worn by troops of all types, but most commonly by infantry. The wide brim gave good protection against blows from above, such as from cavalry sabres, and were very useful in siege warfare as the wide brim would protect the wearer from projectiles shot or dropped from above. They were first produced (as reported in Documentaria Anglo, 1478) in England around 1011, 55 years before the famous Battle of Hastings. These hats, although cheap, were not admired at first because they were considered only suitable for infantry and did not have the high status of a knightly helm. However, those who did use it, proved that it was something worthwhile. In many films, English men-at-arms and foot soldiers are often seen wearing these helms.

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What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blade?

In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.

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