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This Knight shieldis made after archeological finds at Marburg. It represents a typical example of a medieval spherical shield. It is made of glued, 13mm thick veneer. To increase the resistance of the shield, its front part and edges are coated with raw pigskin. Moreover, the upper edge is stitched through.
The Knight shield Marburg is stable enough to be used in show fights and battle reconstructions. Its authentic look also allows the use as a contemporary decoration. The shield fits in the period from late 13 Century to late 14th Century.
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.