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John H





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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jun, 2007 9:35 am    Post subject: 16th Century Harness - mitten or finger gauntlets?         Reply with quote

Hi,

I am about to commission a full 16th-century harness with burgonet, peascod cuirass, etc. Assuming I can afford finger gauntlets if I want, from a historical perspective would mitten or finger gauntlets have been preferred and by whom? I have my own opinions, but I am interested in gathering a little more feedback before placing my order.

Thanks!
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Gary A. Chelette




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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jun, 2007 1:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have used mitten's for many years and if I had my druthers, I'd go with the finger gauntlets.
They look great and feel natural.

Are you scared, Connor?
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Don't talk nonsense, man. I peed my kilt the first time I went into battle.
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Randall Moffett




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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jun, 2007 10:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

depends though. do you play in a group that is rough on fingers? I have both and if I were to really go to a medieval melee I'd wear the mittens.... I feel my fingers take little to no side impact which cannot be said for my fingers. That said most 16th century gaunts I have seen seem to be fingered. I am working on a set of 14th century fingered ones so I do not lack that much confidence in them...

RPM
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Gary A. Chelette




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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jun, 2007 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Randall Moffett wrote:
depends though. do you play in a group that is rough on fingers? I have both and if I were to really go to a medieval melee I'd wear the mittens.... I feel my fingers take little to no side impact which cannot be said for my fingers. That said most 16th century gaunts I have seen seem to be fingered. I am working on a set of 14th century fingered ones so I do not lack that much confidence in them...

RPM


You have a point there. I have never used finger gauntlets in melees and I can see your reasoning.
Fighting with a Bastard sword in individual combat I've never really worried too much about my hand but in mass, that could change rapidly when you can have multiple strikes from multiple angles.

Are you scared, Connor?
No, Cousin Dugal. I'm not!
Don't talk nonsense, man. I peed my kilt the first time I went into battle.
Oh, aye. Angus pees his kilt all the time!
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