Helmet needs no intro since one cannot join the battle without it, and every fighter knows that head is one of the most susceptible areas for attacks in combat. No doubt authentic helmet is essential to anyone who is determined to join the ranks of the combat reenactors. ArmStreet helmets are handmade by our experts with the consistently high quality of work, and we won’t crank them out for the mass consumer. It’s all about combining passion with years of knowledge and experience.
Design of Medieval Helmet
Wearable replicas of medieval helmets are usually composed of two parts: a metal outer shell which can be supplemented by safety elements, such as visor, half mask, nose-guard, aventail, and an inner padding, which provides cushioning impact and helps to adjust the helmet to the size of your head. By default all our helmets are provided with a liner and a chin strap used to secure the helmet to the head. Materials we use for the manufacture of the helmets guarantee good impact resistance capability: historically accurate mild steel and corrosion-resistant stainless steel from 1.5 mm to 2.5 mm thick, which is 16 and 14 gauge, respectively. Extra strong spring steel is used to make nasal elements. Steel plates are processed and shaped by hot and cold forging.
The basis of the interior upholstery is a reliable padded cap. It's made of natural linen or cotton and padded with several layers of natural cotton-based batting. Each cap is well-quilted and has a drawstring casing at the top to adjust the size.
Custom Medieval Helmet
We've certainly reached perfection in the combining of functionality and style, so each of our helmets may be uniquely decorated with etching, laser cutting, brass bordering and even gilded via oxidation. Made to the highest standards, these treasures are destined exclusively for the fighters who won't settle for anything less than a flawlessness. In our medieval helmets store, you can order a substantial steel helmet for any head size, we make them custom-size, i.e. each helmet is made in accordance with the customer's measurements.
Western European helmets of the XIV-XV centuries
Those are big among reenactors, so here is a list of the most common middle ages helmet types:
- Great helm - cavalry pot-helmet from the time of the Crusades, fully hiding the owner's face and neck, and its late variety - Sugarloaf helmet with a hinged visor, 13-14th centuries.
- Bascinet - hemispherical helmet with aventail and wide variety of visors, from flat Italian longface to prominent German houndskull (pigface), 14th century.
- Barbute - Italian visorless helmet with a distinctive T-opening, fully covering the face, 15th century.
- Sallet - round-skulled helmet with elongated tail, open or equipped with a half-visor, mid-15th century.
- Armet - closed cavalry helmet with a spherical dome and intricate design which provides a snug fit to the head and neck, 15-16th centuries.
Our unique offer is the most extensive selection of early medieval helmets among all the manufacturers: we produce a Spangenhelm - segmental helmet with a frame made of iron bars, a Nasal helm - conical open helmet with a nose-guard and sometimes aventail, which was widespread throughout Europe within the X-XIV centuries. At ArmStreet you can also buy medieval helmet of Viking, Varangian, Slavic and Eastern origin: Turkish, Iranian and Persian turbans and Middle Eastern misurka.
Protective properties of medieval helmets for heavy combat are governed by regulations of the international organizations, such as SCA, HMB (Battle of the Nation's), IMCF, WMFC, and we focus on these rules in the development of armor. ArmStreet helmets are legal in all respects according to the official armor standards or can be adapted for them by adding an internal hidden protection, a bar grill visor or by reducing the size of the eye openings. No matter your taste or purpose, you'll surely find the very helmet you want at ArmStreet! Read more about different types of SCA-oriented protection.