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Michael Brudon




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 5:08 am    Post subject: Bucklers         Reply with quote

Hi guys any suggestions on tough production bucklers, around 12" or so?
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Bram Verbeek





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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 6:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is this training with wood, nylon or steel?
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Michael Brudon




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 2:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Steel
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 5:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Arms & Armor makes a good 11" one. I have a pair, bought second-hand and used pretty hard and they're barely any worse for the wear.
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Dec, 2015 5:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a good review of the 11" 16 gauge A&A Round Targe; seems recommended for training in I:33 and other sword n buckler.

http://myArmoury.com/review_aa_roundtarge.html

However, for at least a few months now, A&A has not made or sold any types of their shields. Not sure why, they are all just "temporarily unavailable" for now. http://www.arms-n-armor.com/armor045.html

I'd be interested to hear what others think are good bucklers to begin training this stuff in.
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Bram Verbeek





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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2015 1:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They are also not exceedingly hard to make yourself, if you choose go that route, I did not need a hot forge.
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Tom King




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2015 6:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The GDFB ones are as resilient as they are heavy. Their only failing is the grip (just a tube), but it's easily replaceable with some elbow grease. For ~$30 you can't really go wrong with them and they go up to 15" in diameter.
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Mark T




PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael,

Alan at Merctailor is still making the odd one and putting them up for sale - they're well made, and have some padding in the boss, which is nice. They sometimes get posted here, and over at the Armour Archive.

If you're wanting one that requires less maintenance, Steel Mastery does them in stainless steel.

And HEMA Supplies have the new Scholar Buckler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS90w0ZAYcg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMpUUtSOd2M&feature=youtu.be

There are a few other threads here which ask the same question, so if you do a search, you might find some other options.

And there's a bit of discussion of a few various makes and models over at the HEMA Alliance forum ... if you're contemplating using a wooden buckler, rather than steel, hunt around for Roland Warzecha's discussion of the benefits of rawhide edging.

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Michael Brudon




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks all, some great suggestions. Am researching them.
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