First an offering.
I found a source for what I believe to be 20ga mild
steel in 12"x10' sheets for free. Home Depot is
selling 4"x10' steel garden strips/dividers (for 5$)
and the strips are packed together with 12"x10' cover
sheets. Those cover sheets are not sold and are scrap
as far as the store is concerned. Just ask nicely and
the manager will likely let you take it for free. It
is light for most SCA armouring, but would be well
suited for kikko, those little rectangles for the
kote, suneate, kozane and kusazuri and is a great free
alternative to barrel plastic.
Second a request.
I am considering making a Tatehagi-dou with this
steel. Since the pieces can overlap deeply, it might
have the strength to hold up to combat.
a. I have seen 3 examples with 3 vertical lames
defining the front plate, and one with 5 vertical
lames. Is the dou with 5 lames very odd or just mildly
b. I think I have identified one example as a ni-mai
dou (2 piece) and one as a go-mai dou (5 piece). Do
tatehagi dou favour one form more than the others?
I welcome any comments or links anyone would care to
share on the nature of tatehagi-dou.
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