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Raymond's Quiet Press

Review originally posted by Quintus Aulus

Order Placed: June 10th, 2003
Payment Rendered: June 10th, 2003
Payment Method: Visa
Order Contents:
1 Brass Roman Belt Buckle
Price: $15.95
Order Recieved: June 13th, 2003

Harbor Freight Hand Punch

Originally posted by Quintus Aulus.

This little tool can serve well with most armorers. While not the most durable model Harbor Freight has made, this hand punch is worth its price. Remember to keep the reciept, however, as you will occasionally get one that wont last more than a week of use. I replaced mine three times before getting one that lasted, and have used it for the past year without a problem.

I have used my hand punch for small projects, such as my lamellar and brig. It works great for aluminum street signs as well as mild steel at 18g and 16g (for which it is suggested). I have yet to try it with any other type of steel, but others I have spoken with claim limited success with stainless. As I said, I would keep the reciept handy if that is your plan.

Useful for projects when a drill is inappropriate or a cleaner hole is needed. Constant use can wear your hand out and end up taking more time, but for limited use, nothing compared.

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Decordene Wireworks

Supplier: Decordene Wireworks
Order Placed: November 28th, 2002
Payment Rendered: November 29th, 2002
Payment Method: Paypal
Order Contents:

  • 1lb 316LSI Stainless Rings 18 Guage 3/16" ID
  • 1lb 316LSI Stainless Rings 18 Guage 1/4" ID
  • 2lbs Bulk Stainless Wire 18 Guage

Price: $57.45
Order Recieved: March 1st, 2003

Central Forge 15lb Anvil

I bought this little anvil as an afterthought. It turned out to be a better investment than I originally thought, but there are far better anvils out there for only a little more money.

Central Forge Throatless Shear

There are many complaints about the CF Shear among more "prestigious" (read: Able to throw more money at the problem) armourers. You don't have to go far to read stories of misaligned blades and a slew of other mishaps making the shear "worthless" all ending in the phrase "You get what you pay for." Well bullshit is, obviously, still free

Greece and Rome at War by Peter Connolly

Review originaly posted by Quintus Aulus.

(from the inside fold of the book cover)
"Greece and Rome at War lucidly demonstrates the face of battle in the ancient world. Covering the wars between the Greks and the Persians and the epic contest between the Romans and their most capable opponent, Hannibal, as well as organisation, tactics, armour and weapons, and much more, it brings the armies of Greece and Rome vividly to life."

This book is all of this and more. I began to get involved in Roman history in April of 2000, months before the popular movie Gladiator was released (and shortly before everyone began to develop an interest in the Roman world). This was the first title that was recommended to me. It would be years before I could find a copy, it seems that every copy the local library had was checked out and had not been returned for a few years. I now see why.


Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction by Brian Price

Brian R. Price's Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century (often referred to just as ToMAR) is the book most professional armourers often refer to as the "Armourer's Bible". Though it only covers the 14th Century, it is a more complete reference on the subject than any other.


Armorers Guild Archived News (5/1999 - 3/2002)

March 8th, 2002
A minor update, I added the gallery submissions I've received since the last update. They can all be seen in the gallery. The new forum finally seems to be totally up and running the way it's supposed to be.

I am still working on formatting for a few of the larger how to guides I received. They should be up this month though.

February 28, 2002
Stuff is being done, I swear. I hope to have the next update ready in a week, but for now there is a new forum. I finally got sick of all the advertisements on the Network54 forum so there is a new forum at: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx that is completely free of ads and delay screens.

July 23, 2001
It seems that Clan got everyone interested in showing off their armor. I uploaded one of the new submissions and I've got alot more stuff to go.

So much stuff to do... Lord Brion Bearclaw sent in a 14 page guide on making Lorica Segmentata (Roman style banded armor). I'm also in the process of reformatting a 16 page guide that was submitted, by someone who we will refer to for now as "Dave", on how to make a spiffy chainmail toolbox with built in coiling rod. For those of you that don't want to wait or you want to print it out in its original form it can be downloaded in MS Word format.

May 21, 2001
I've finished the first part of this update, moving the site to a new server. The new address for the Armorers Guild is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Please update your bookmarks.
I am working on the rest of the update right now. More information on this with the next news update, which should be Monday or Tuesday.

August 28st, 2000
Another update and alot of new submissions. Twelve new pages of images have been added to the gallery and the submissions keep coming (and keep sending them!).

June 1st, 2000
Leafy Kabuto (Click to Enlarge)I would like to welcome Calenvirt to the guild. He has made some excellent leather armor that you can see in the gallery. I am also proud to announce that DeCordene Wireworks is offering a 5% discount to Amtgard Armorers Guild members.

March 21st, 2000
Leafy Kabuto (Click to Enlarge)"Bael'nai V'rnyys, Guardian of the Oakwood" is the name of this helmet by Dmitri Wolf. This is one of the coolest helmets I've ever seen and is exactly the sort of fantasy armor that I want to see on the field. One more image is up in the gallery, a character concept sketch by Master Nagateth of Pegasus Valley.

March 7th, 2000
Major updates in the last couple of weeks. Please e-mail me at if anything is amiss or you find any broken links.

February 29, 2000
Everything is going great. The Armorers Guild has been completely updated and redesigned.
My personal projects are going well. I now have a digital camera, a scanner, and a job so I can buy some stainless steel. Guess that means no more computer case armor for me. I purchased a 55lb anvil and a couple of hammers at Harbor Freight. Next on my list is a dishing stump and a drill. I recently found several patterns at the Armour Archive that look fairly easy to start with. I'll be posting an ongoing construction journal showing every step in the progress of my new armor.

January 23, 2000
I just put up a submission to the gallery from Lord Elderman. I also put up several pictures of my own because... I got a digital camera. It's not a great one, it's the kind that is supposed to sit on top of your monitor for video conference, but it works.

December 14, 1999
This is just a minor update, with just a couple of errors corrected. Still no submissions.

November 30, 1999
We still need submissions, but I haven't seen any lately. I've been busy working on other sites and getting a job, so there is nothing new from me this month. A new site of the month was selected and a few errors were corrected on the site. The purchase of a digital camera has been delayed because nobody has any money, but there is alot of stuff to take pictures of.

October 11, 1999
2000 hits! and a new pattern in the construction pages.

October 3, 1999
New site of the month for October, forum is down today due to problems at Network54.

September 20, 1999
Books section updated, vambrace pattern revised, three new pictures added to the gallery, joined the Amtgard Webring, and made a few minor corrections.

August 28, 1999
The search is now operational, site of the month program started.

August 18, 1999
Vambrace pattern added, the Baeuyex Tapestry page fixed up, and we got our 1000th hit.

July 27, 1999
Mail Weave chart is up, a few changes to the text on the armor types page, and a new URL to get to the guild

July 26, 1999
A banner is now available for linking to the guild, Clan 17 is over, we got our 700th hit, and the Armor Wanted area has been moved to the forum.

July 7, 1999
We've got a fax and a scanner now. Submissions can now be taken by e-mail, fax, or mail. New links added, armor types page updated, forum changed a bit, and a few little things corrected.

June 21, 1999
The discussion forum was added.

June 15, 1999
The first two armoring articles are up, making Amtgard battlefields around the world a little safer (for warriors anyway). Check out the construction pages.

June 5, 1999
The Armorers Guild is Online. Again people are needlessly killed on the battlefield.

May 29, 1999
Construction begins on the site. People are needlessly killed on the battlefield in Pegasus Valley.

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