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You are in command! More than a leader of men - a leader of Norsemen. You must not only act like a figure of authority, but also look like one: this then is your jarl's helm.
Inside the helmet there's a modern padded lining! This increases both protection and comfort. The chinstraps, however, are not integral to this lining, so it can be removed, if you prefer to line it yourself with more historically accurate sheepskin or rabbit fur - or perhaps use a simple arming cap instead. The helmet is eighteen gauge, which (in terms of overall weight) is roughly what they were like back in the day. Nevertheless, this eighteen gauge category does not take into account the double or triple layers of steel that cover much of the helm (at least 50%) - the brow being particularly well covered. The nasal guard is nicely folded along its sides, eliminating sharp edges and adding structural strength.
Initially nasal helmets were formed of four triangular pieces of metal plate riveted in a ring, secured by bands which met at the apex. This produced a good-looking helmet, but when it was concluded that all those bands and rivets gave an enemy’s blade something to catch into, it became outmoded. A smooth dome makes for a structurally stronger helmet with superior deflection. It would be wrong to say that riveted and banded helmets were quickly replaced, as they were still used well into the 14th century, but the advantages of a smooth helmet were too apparent and by the end of the Middle Ages all helmets were made without bands and protruding rivets. Personally I feel that the nasal guard was an excellent attachment to any helmet. (We should draw a distinction between the helmet and the helm. The former is, of course, a diminutive of the latter.) The nasal guard did not hinder vision, yet it guarded against having one’s nose broken, getting an arrow between the eyes (instant death) and offered protection against a sword slash to the face. Nevertheless, for reasons which I can’t determine, the nasal guard was only popular up until the early Middle Ages. It is most closely identified with the Normans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, but it was nevertheless common throughout Europe.
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