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Hourglass Gauntlets of the middle XIV. century tended to have short cuffs and no joints to allow a free movement of the wrist of a hourglass shape, as in the case of this model.
A weapon master of the fifteenth century said that the hands are capable of an elusive way of defense. Yuu can defend yourself in a duel but in the turmoil on the battle field where blows can come from any direction, your hands could be wounded badly. That is why the Hourglass Gauntlets are considered for a indispensable outfit both recreational fencing and public battles.
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.