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Jim Mearkle




Location: Colonie, NY
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jan, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Show us your neck protection!         Reply with quote

Am I the only one that was bothered by the comment in the Swordfish injury report about the lack of standards for neck protection? Worried It seems to me that between the larynx and various major blood vessels, neck protection would be second only to eye protection in importance.

So, I thought I'd start this thread. What do you spar with, and what do you use to protect your neck during sparring?

I primarily fence rapier, with occasional longsword, and this is my gorget. Except for being once gauge lighter (18 ga sheet steel, iirc), it's a standard SCA rattan gorget. I wear it over a 4-layer hood just in case a shot comes in up under the bib of my mask. It's about 15 years old at this point.

A friend has one too, and he took a shot hard enough to "oilcan" the steel and flake off a square inch of lacquer. He suffered no ill effects. I also find that hard face hits are distributed between the brow pad and gorget.



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Sam Gordon Campbell




Location: Australia.
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PostPosted: Sun 15 Jan, 2012 3:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I use a one for pretty much everything and anything at the moment. An old video of what I use can be found here.
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Jim Mearkle




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Jan, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A bit of overlap between the front and back pieces wouldn't be a bad idea, but otherwise it looks like it should be effective, especially if you replaced the thongs with straps and buckles.
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Sam Gordon Campbell




Location: Australia.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jim Mearkle wrote:
A bit of overlap between the front and back pieces wouldn't be a bad idea, but otherwise it looks like it should be effective, especially if you replaced the thongs with straps and buckles.


I did replace them with buckles and straps. The pieces butt up against one another so there's no gap. Happy

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Chuck Russell




Location: WV
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 3:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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William P




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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

whats the difference between a bevor and a gorget?? does one just cover more than another? or is one more laminated?
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Andrew Pribor





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PostPosted: Mon 06 Feb, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Show us your neck protection!         Reply with quote

This is a brigadine gorget I made from a kit that came from Windrose armoury. I customized the kit quite a bit though & used only the metal plates & general pattern in the end.

The heavy 14oz. leather around the neck backed with sheep shearling is suprisingly comfortable & protective.




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Chuck Russell




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PostPosted: Mon 06 Feb, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

andrew man, i hate to tell you. but u really should get more sun. your kinda looking pale. maybe you should eat moer as well, your nothing but bone man
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Mackenzie Cosens




Location: Vancouver Canada
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Feb, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is an old gorget by Matt http://www.madmattsarmory.com/inv_neck.php. I have modified it rolling the top edge and heat blueing it and some other minor mods. I just started playing SCA Cut and Thrust and this lets me play.

The second one is in progress, it is a modified pattern from Talbot http://talbotsfineaccessories.com/books/metalwork.html

It will be either scale or brigandine and will not be as nicely decorated as Andrew's very similar pattern.



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