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IMPORTANT: THIS ITEM WILL BE MADE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU. DELIVERY MAY TAKE UP TO SIX WEEKS.
Eighty percent of the hand section (including the fingers) consists of overlapped plates, so the actual protection afforded by these gauntlets is mostly 13 gauge equivalent (18g x 2) so they are far from lightweight! They are robustly constructed, beautifully articulated, durable and functional. These gauntlets are of the later medieval style, that encompassed half the forearm. The size is quite generous: an average adult male can wear these with leather gloves quite easily. Although I personally find they don't slip at all during sword drills, some (for extra stability) may choose to sew and/or glue their gloves to the gauntlets' finger loops and palm grips - which are real leather (of course).
When fighting was almost entirely hand-to-hand, the thorough protection of the hand was necessarily of paramount importance. Armour for the head and body was, after all, but a second line of defence against the attack which penetrated the guard of the weapon. Any damage to the hand which controlled all offensive movements, as well as all parries, would place a combatant at the mercy of his antagonist. But the armourer had not only to give his attention to the protective qualities of the covering which enclosed a part so vulnerable and so likely to receive a wound, he had also to consider how he should least interfere with the use of so complicated a piece of mechanism as the human hand. It was on account of these very important considerations that one finds the gauntlet always more complicated in the details of its construction than the rest of the protective outfit.