I shall be going into the Firkin and see if we can become a sports team. I figure we drop between two hundred fifty and three hundred dollars every Sunday (a slow day for them, and they TELL us we are much appreciated, but I don't feel the love). Baseball and hockey teams get either nachos on the table when they arrive, or a 5% gift certificates payable at the end of the season. I think it might pan out. But then, who knows?
The gambesons I have my eye on are made in Pakistan by a guy who has convinced me he does not abuse his employees. I did not want a repeat of the Joe Fresh-Bangladesh factory collapse on my conscience. This fellow makes gambesons in three layers of canvas with no padding. Perfect for under metal armour, less so for under chain mail. The prices are, of course, fairly low. Shipping is actually a bit more than the cost of the items! I think we can get them to the swords for under fifty dollars each. That is half of the Hanwei price for the over stuffed Aketons. (which of course, are still available, and perfect for under chain. And even at double the price, its still cheaper than a full suit of armour!
Buckles... Got a nice batch of buckles from a different Pakistan guy. He makes them the medieval way...and they are VERY beautiful. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but even so, I like the medieval look. I have included a few below to get you an idea.
These are being sold in the South Tower Kit Shop for 9 bucks each. For that, I'll even put a leather strap end on it for you!
I think this one looks like he is picking his nose!
This tiny one is designed to rivet directly to the tasset.
Very hansome. One of the most popular.
A strap end. Helps gloved hands get a strap into place.
Very plain buckle. Has its place.
Very medieval...based on a find at Yarvick. I think they look mean!
The Isle of man uses arms that look like this, but of course, they use three of them on their coats of arms.
Very elegant, that one above. Its strong enough to use as front buckles of armour, but of course there are lots of other belts you can use these buckles for. Water skins, hats, even shoes.
And the prettiest of Viking Gripping Beasts. Ragnar Lothbrock would be proud.
So, on the fighting front, Jeff is building a fine curriculum based on Hugh T. Knight Jr.'s interpretations of Talhoffer and Lichtenhaur. I think we look pretty period, and we are doing it right. We are fortunate to have about 45 years of experience between us to help us do these interpretations. A lot of the you tube stuff is pretty iffy. I hesitate to say bogus because it is probably not intentional, but there is a LOT of stuff out there which can get you hurt. Jeff is doing wonders for the class, now that I have sorta stepped out of his way. I cannot support him in his efforts enough.
Marshal Bill Fedun