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The square piece, which is attached to the flap riveted to the helmet, is approx. 5-6 mm square. Since every helmet is slightly different, you should expect to have to rework (file, bend) the plume holder to fit well. Please note: This holder is for plumes with metal frames. We have similar holders with broader fork for the wooden framed plumes.
This plume holder is suitable a.o. for three Roman helmets of the brand Deepeeka:
It is used to attach the plume straight from back to front, as was customary for the Roman Optio soldier.
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.