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We can find hat-shaped-helmets named as Kettle hats or Chapel de Fer (French) throughout the middle ages. This kind of head protections seems was common for the infantry, crossbowmen and bowmen. It was not rare to see knights or infantry to use this useful kind of helmets. This kettle hat with brass brim is based on a 13th century Spanish pattern.
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.