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Long spike-like studs on other vambraces are dangerousto the wearer and unauthentic – unless you are trying to dress like an 80’s metal rocker! If a long spiked stud catches a blow, it will transfer much of the impact to the flesh beneath - something like a blunt nail. Furthermore, long spikes may cause self injury, if the forearm is knocked back into the wearer’s face. There are no government safety standards for this type of safety gear – be careful what you buy!
Vambraces (also called forearm guards) are "tubular" or "gutter" defenses for the forearm, developed first in the ancient world by the Romans, but only formally named during the early 14th century. They were generally made of leather. Archers vambraces are different as they guard the underside of the forearm against the twang of a bowstring, and the lace is on the other side. These ones are combat vambraces: whereby the leather protection is on the outside of the forearm, which are more likely to receive blows. They work well beneath a chain mail sleeve, and indeed, both together are stronger than the sum total of their parts.
For over one and a half millennia it was well noted that reinforced leather can stop a blade, and it cushions and spreads the impact of a blow. Vambraces were (and still are) lighter, less expensive, warmer, more comfortable and easier to maintain than metal armour – which is why they were considered indispensable by most.
If you’re simulating combat, you’ve got to protect your forearms. Vambraces are much more than just an authentic medieval dress accessory. If you get involved in any form of re-enactment, sparring or theatrical swordplay, you will begin to understand their true practicality and come to regard them as basic safety equipment. Just ask any experienced re-enactor: – accidents will happen and forearms are usually the first to get it.
Take your safety seriously. Don’t go cheap on yourself. These historically authentic lace-up vambraces are especially made for simulated combat and dress authenticity. They’re reasonably priced too (they cost less than an average pair of running shoes – not bad for a major piece of medieval kit).
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After a bit of trial and error with the laces, this product is a great edition to both historical reenactors and cosplayers alike, from the strongest of Vikings, to the lankiest of elves.
A must have for those going for a more authentic look that won't break the bank.
Rhys on 17th Mar 2018
Well made, soft leather. A little bit big for me but I have tiny arms so that's fine. Comfortable and durable Unknown on 31st Jul 2017
These are really well made from a qaulity leather. Real easy to fasten up ill be getting a lot use out of these. Definitely recommend phil on 4th Dec 2015