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This model of gauntlets was popular from 13th to 15th century. The metacarpal plate covers the hand back up to the first fingers joints. The gauntlets were used without fingers, but can be still with different types of fingers (brigant fingers, scale fingers or articulated fingers). This model is based on museum piece from Churburg.
The gauntlets are made of two parts: the hand-back-plate and the "hourglass-cuff". Both parts are hand-hammered and welded together at the wrist. The weld is nicely deburred. The gauntlet inside is sprayed with black paint to prevent corrosion.
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.