Armour Making Tutorial
15th century German Knees
The finished form
The poleyn isn't truly finished as there is much work to be done. It still needs six lines of fluting along the wing, sanding, polishing and both pieces have decorative pierce and file work yet to be added.
But for now this concludes my documentation of the techniques I use to form a knee. I hope this is helpful to anyone who is getting started in making armour or to those just curious as to what sort of work goes into the forming of plate armour.
One final thing for anyone interested....
The effects that the different techniques had on the thickness' of the steel.
I used mild steel stock that, when flat, read 0.070" thickness on my micrometer.
(Above) The reading as far in as my micrometer could reach was 0.071".
Toward the edge the reading was 0.077".
The thickness on the wing read 0.061"
Just to illustrate how the steel can be moved around to be thicker in areas of stress and thinner in places that are less likely to be hit.