Armour Making Tutorial
Late 15th century German Knees.
I have received a few emails asking me about forming elbows and knees so I decided to document what all I did while making the mate to the above poleyn.
I hope this can be of some help for those interested in making armour.
Below are the tools I used.
Starting from the upper left corner of the picture;
- Cheap left work glove - This helps protect the palm of my hand that holds the steel from the shock transferred in heavy forming.
- 110lb anvil - This isn't a very high quality anvil but serves me pretty well.
- Paint stripping pad - Like course "Scotch-Brite," it is useful for cleaning off the gunk the tends to build up on hammer faces and the armour during forming.
- Large "T" stake.
- Heavy planishing hammer.
- Modified masonry hammer - The chisel edge has been rebated and polished. The nose has been rounded.
- Small ball peen with its face rebated.
- Medium ball peen hammer - Modified to have a rebated horizontal cross peen and slightly rounded face.
- Light planishing hammer.
- Automotive pry bar - Modified into a fluting stake.
- Ball stake - This is actually a trailer hitch welded to a steel shank. The bottom is modified into a multipurpose forming surface.
- Cross peen sledge hammer.
- Raising hammer.
Also used but not shown was a medium sized vice, a dishing stump and the one tool I couldn't live without... a coffee maker :)