Burgonet helmets

The burgonet helmet(sometimes called as bourgundian sallet) was a late mediæval combat helmet. It was the successor of the sallet.

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Burgonet helmet

It came into popularity towards the end of the 16th century. Commonplace throughout Europe, the burgonet was accompanied by plate armour and worn by cuirassiers, demi-lancers and hussars. It was a light helmet, open-faced and decorated with one or more metal fins on top. Though typically open faced, a falling buffe, a sort of visor that was drawn up rather than down, could be used. Burgonets were also a popular helmet type among the Polish winged hussars, where they took many different forms, often featuring a nasal bar or facial guard.

The burgonet helmet was common among the mercenary Swiss infantry. These were pikemen who could defend themselves against cavalry (and perhaps took helmets of this form as trophies). Following the appearance of the Adrian and Brodie helmets, and the Stahlhelm, in the First World War, the Swiss experimented with a "streamlined" form of the burgonet for their own national helmet, but both designs were rejected.

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

In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.

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