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This Italian cuirass (chest and back plate) is based on S18 harness from the Churburg armory. This piece is dated to the 15th century although some historians claim that this model was used from 1370 to 1410. The original piece belonged to the Von Matsch family.
Available only in one uniform size: for approx. 120 cm chest circumference (incl. gambeson).
The Italian cuirass is made of 1,6mm (16 gauge) steel plate. The effective gauge of the steel plate may vary due to the handcrafted way of manufacturing.
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.