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There are known historical samples of leather or cloth protections riveted to metal bands to reinforce the structure. It was a logical evolution in the transitional armour age and some examples can be seen on the Günther von Schwarzburg´s (1349) and Sir Thomas Cheyne´s (1375) tombs.
The leather leg armor is made of genuine suede leather and 1,4mm steel. The roughness and exact colour tone of the leather may vary from piece to piece due to the use of traditional techniques and use of genuine leather.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.