On Tuesday 03 August 2004 20:39, laxbaron@...
> i am trying to put together my first suit of armor, and as a college
> kid i dont have a lot to spend. i was wondering if just chainmail over
> padding would be considerd enough protection to fit the standard for
> elbow and knee protection?
Elbow and knee joints must be "hard over soft", that is, they must have a
rigid outer surface to block blows over a soft padding that cushions the
bones and absorbs the energy of the impact.
Elbows are an area you want to protect carefully. The thing people call the
"funny bone", which hurts so badly when you bump it against a table, is really
a bundle of nerves that handle mobility of the hand, wrist, and fingers. If
the elbow is fractured, you run the risk of severing that nerve bundle and
permanently losing the use of the hand. This is a Very Bad Thing. Suitable
elbow armor provides excellent protection against this type of injury.
Aside from the SCA rules, and the EMT lecture on the danger.....just imagine
the level of pain if someone whacked you in the "funny bone" with a four foot
piece of rattan. "Mommmmmyyyyyyy!!!!!"
Elbow cops are not difficult to make. Our local armoring guildmaster showed
me a plan to make minimal SCA-acceptable elbows -- non-articulated -- from a
piece of metal cut into, believe it or not, a "Y" shape. If you bend it just
right, you get a wonderful lightweight elbow cop in about an hour, and you
can buy the materials at the hardware store for about $10. This design doesn't
protect the arms at all, just the elbow joint itself, so it's not ideal for
a serious melee fighter -- but it's adequate to get started. (I've been
using mine for five years now. They've been inspected by many Marshals and
never once questioned or failed.) You can also combine something like this
over the elbow with leather "bracers" to protect the forearms.
Check with your local Knights Marshal. Chances are someone in your group will
be willing to teach you to make some armor, and lend you tools and workspace.
Here in Alderford, we have a (non-chartered, unofficial) guild where every
member chips in for the cost of shared materials, and a pool of funds pays for
some expensive specialty tools such as a Beverly shear (wonderful thing, that!).
The Beverly shear was $600, but the cost was shared by over 20 people. You may
also find that someone in your group has used armor that they will sell or
Armor is one of those crafts where the raw materials are generally dirt cheap,
but the finished goods are incredibly expensive. That makes it a good candidate
for a skill to learn, because you can save yourself some serious money. And the
armouring itself is fun...I daresay I enjoy that more than the fighting, truly!
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