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These Hourglass Gauntlets from the second half of the 14th century are completely functional. They are crafted in 16 gauge (1,5mm) cold-rolled iron plate. Due to handcrafted method of production specifications vary slightly from piece to piece.
Each finger consists of 4 finger plates and has one riveted leather ring to pull the finger through. The first finger knuckles are protected by a retractable plate. Delivery without inner leather gloves. A good mobility of the wrist is enabled by the hourglass shape of the cuff.
These gauntlets Hourglass can be made:
It is a complex masterpiece of small-scale hand production!
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.