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Our Peaked Bascinet with visor grill is inspired by the original that is deposited in the Musée de Valere, Sion, dated 1380-1400. Similar models of bascinet were found in archaeological excavations dated XIV century. But only few miniature paintings confirm the usage of such helmets by medieval warriors. The brim (peak) is probably a later addition. The face opening is protected by a visor grill (so called fish bone) that is connected to the helmet bowl by means of four pegs. The face guard (visor grill) is removable. The peak moderates the striking force of cuts directed against the head. The optional aventail protects the face additionally a covers the neck perfectly.
The Peaked Bascinet with visor grill excels other helmets of its time by important qualities that are necessary for the safety in a battle:
The optional aventail consists of non-riveted rings, 1.6mm thick with an inner diameter of approx. 9 mm. The aventail can be made from rings of other sizes and possibly from stainless steel wire on request.
This helmet can be made to measure after your measurements ‘1a’ to ‘1j’ in this measurement chart.
Please read our instructions, how to determine a helmet size correctly.
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.