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This flat Roman shield is also known as Parma Equestris. It was predominantly used by the mounted Auxilia (auxiliary cavalry), which were organised in military units, the so-called Alae. This shield is made from composite wood and lined with brass bands. The shield boss (umbo) is also made from brass and is to be mounted by the customer with the supplied screws.
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.