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Armor and Helmets

Armor and Helmets

Even the best swordsman gets hit once in a while. And when they do, you've gotta hope they're wearing some of this stuff...
SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

Brass-Plated Greek Greaves with Leather Straps

$94

In Stock!

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

Boffer Shield in Red or Black

$30

In Stock!

SBH-GLADIATOR

SBH-GLADIATOR

Maximus-Style Spiked Gladiator Helmet Masked Faceplate

$97

In Stock!

SBH-KETTLEHELM

SBH-KETTLEHELM

European Kettle Hat

$104

In Stock!

SBH-MINI-CENTURION

SBH-MINI-CENTURION

Miniature Roman Helmet with Gallic Design

$33

In Stock!

A miniature replica of the Roman Centurion helmet. Made of steel and featuring a brilliant red horse hair crest. The helmet is shipped with with a display stand.

SBH-MINI-CRUSADER

SBH-MINI-CRUSADER

Miniature Medieval Crusader Helmet with Cross Shaped Brass Face Accent

$33

In Stock!

This is a miniature Medieval crusader helmet. It is also known as a Sugar Loaf helmet. This helmet stands 8 inches high and is a true replica of the full size helmet. The helmet is shipped with with a display stand.

SBH-MINI-GLADIATOR

SBH-MINI-GLADIATOR

Miniature Gladiator Helmet with Hinged Face Mask

$33

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This is a miniature Roman Gladiator helmet similar to the helmet worn by Russell Crowe in the film "Gladiator" This helmet stands 6.5 inches high and is a true replica of the full size helmet.

SBH-MINI-KNIGHTHELM

SBH-MINI-KNIGHTHELM

Miniature Knight's Helmet with Hinged Face and Neck Protections

$33

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This miniature Medieval Knight helmet is a replica of the helmet style we most often associate with the armor worn by Knights of the middle ages. The style of helmet is more precisely known as a close helmet or close helm.

SBH-ROMANGALLIC

SBH-ROMANGALLIC

Roman Imperial Gallic Helmet Leatherl Liner

$85

In Stock!

SBIF-HELM-WARRIOR

SBIF-HELM-WARRIOR

Warriors Leather Helmet Black Large

$69

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

Dragon Wing LARP Shield

$92

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

Premium Celtic Leather Bracers

$66

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

Handcrafted Knight Leather Bracers

$39

In Stock!

SBSN-CAP

SBSN-CAP

Arming Cap to Be Worn Under Helmet or Coif

$7

In Stock!

SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

Full Sleeve, XV Century, Cotton Arming Doublet, Black/Ecru

$55

In Stock!

SBSN-FS-GAMB

SBSN-FS-GAMB

Heavy Duty Cotton Gambeson

$61

In Stock!

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

Anodized Aluminum, Flat Ring Riveted, Chain Mail Coif

$75

In Stock!

SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Full Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$210

In Stock!

SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Half Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$211

In Stock!

SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

Weathered Bronze Greek/Spartan Helmet with Horse Hair Crest, Liner

$160

Out of Stock

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for foamThrowing Knife

$8

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Knight's LARP Shield

$111

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

Out of Stock

SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

Steel-Rimmed Wooden Viking Shield

$179

Out of Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

Premium Leather Vambraces- Swordsman

$64

Out of Stock

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

The kettle helm was the staple of medieval headgear. Worn primarily by footmen and gaurdsmen in the 1100s, this brimmed metal helmet ("Chapel de Fers" or "iron hats" as the French called them)provided adequate protection while allowing excellent vision and mobility. They were also fairly light and could be worn for long periods without incurring fatique. There's also some anecdotal evidence that soldiers would actually cook stew iinside the helmet when they had no pots and pans. Not sure if it's true or not, but seems plausible enough.

It was strongest against attacks from above, like, say from sociopathic knights on horseback swinging swords or warhammers. Or, perhaps, from sadistic archers on castle walls firing arrows or throwing rocks down onto invading soldiers. It was also pretty good against high, overhand swings of sword or axe.

Kettlehelms were much easier and less expensive to make than more comprehensive helmets, but provided excellent protection for the money. This made it ideal for soldiers and gaurds, who often had to be outfitted in large numbers. Pikemen are often seen wearing this type of helmet as well. And because of the comfort and vision that these provided, even some knights would wear them to battle.

Inspired by Model SBH-KETTLEHELM

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