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This kite shield was made after period manuscript illuminations of the Ballte at Hastings. It was in use in 10th - 11th century. A kite shield was a distinct type of shield from the 10th–12th centuries. It was usually a reverse teardrop shape (or later on, flat-topped). The tapering point extended down to either a distinct or rounded point. The term is a neologism, created by Victorian antiquarians due to the shape's resemblance to an early European kite.
Please choose right or left-handed version. Right-handers bear the shield on their left arm, left-hander on the right arm.
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.