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Solid reconstruction of a late roman helmet, a find out of the former Roman fort Gariannonum, today Burgh Castle Norfolk, England, in the year 1960 AD. This kind of helmets was used by the roman infantry which fought against the invasive Saxons already during the 3rd Century AD. It’s a typical type of helmet during the transitional time between Late Antiquity and Early Medieval.
The helmet consists of four segments which are combined with clasps and a helmet comb. It has flexible cheek and butt flaps, which are covered with leather inside and at the edges. It also has a short riveted nasal. As well as the original this helmet is handmade and riveted with brass rivets. The helmet has a comfortable leather liner. The cheek flaps can be adjusted by a leather strip.
The daggers are approximately made as follows. The basic shape of the blade is made by a laser CNC machine. It is burned from spring steel. The semi-finished blade follows then in the groove cutter, where the cutting edge and the groove are milled. The blade is then oil-quenched and tempered to the desired hardness. Then the guard and pommel is attached to the blade tang. The tang is usually peened at the end (behind the pommel) and the cross-guard hard soldered with brass. Hardwood plates are placed under the handle wrapping from genuine cowhide so that the handle is sufficiently robust for a safe grasp. The steels surfaces obtain the desired finish in the end - with a wire brush or with a felt disc with polishing paste.