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The great was used on the battlefields as early as the 13th century. Its design proved to be of advantage for foot and cavalry soldiers and was thuis used for almost for three centuries. It was worn commonly over a chainmail coif or skull cap. It has a fierce-looking fixed visor that enhanced the overall intimidating look of a knight charging towards the enemy.
Our version of this great helm is inspired by the statue from the Olite Cathedral dated mid of the 13th century. This kind of helmets were common in the time from mid -13th century until the beginning of 14th century as can bee seen in documents lik in the Codex Manesse, the Maziejowsky bible or the Cantigas.
Made by Marshal Historical
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.