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Armour Glossary

Terms  |  Armor Diagram

    Below you will find some common terms and definitions for armor. It will make buying armor that much easier since then you will know all the teams involved.


Terms

Bracer : Armor to protect the lower arm, can be leather or metal. Sometimes called a vambrace.

Cuirass : Solid armor to protect the torso, can be leather or metal. Sometimes called a breastplate or backplate. Can also be articulated once, the lower part is then called a Plackart.

Cuisse : Armor to protect the upper leg, can be leather or metal. Usually combined with an articulated knee and Demi-greaves.

Elbow Cop : sometimes called a Couter. This can also be articulated (meaning it has lames or extra plates to make it flexible.)

Fauld : Articulated plated to protect the lower torso, can be leather or metal. Often connected to a cuirass.

Gauntlet : Armor for the hand, can be leather or metal. Covers the wrist, hand, and fingers. Heavy leather gloves are sometimes called gauntlets. A half-gauntlet does not have fingers. It is usually worn over a leather glove.

Gorget : Armor to protect the throat, can be leather or metal.

Greave : Armor to protect the lower leg, can be leather or metal. If it only protects the upper part of the lower leg it is called a Demi-Greave.

Helm : Armor for the head, can be leather or metal. Helms may have a visor (faceplate), nasal (wedge of armor over nose), and cheeks.

Jerkin : a sturdy leather armor open like a tabard on the sides, but laced or buckled together.

Knee Cop : sometimes called a Poleyn. This can also be articulated (meaning it has lames or extra plates to make it flexible.)

Pauldrons : Armor for the shoulders. Consists of overlapping plates curved to cover the joint. Sometimes called Spaulders when not articulated.

Rerebrace : Armor for the upper arm. Sometimes called a revebrace.  

Sabaton  : Armor to protect the foot, can be leather or metal. Usually articulated and coming to a point at the toe.

Tasset : Armor for the hip-to-leg joint, can be leather or metal. 

Wax-Hardened : Melting paraffin wax and applying it leather armor to stiffen it. Makes the leather take on the characteristics of hard plastic. Useful when protecting a vital joint.

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Image courtesy of  "Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight"  by David Edge and John Miles Paddock.

   

 


 Please note that the leather armor, accessories, and clothing sold here are for wearing. We cannot be liable for any damages that occur from the use or misuse of any of these items.

    For SCA Legal leather armor please check items with your local marshal before engaging in combat. We feel that this armor is safe for this kind of simulated combat, but injuries could still occur. You take your own chances when you let someone swing a piece of rattan at you. We cannot be liable for any damages or injuries that occur from the use of these items.

 


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