Techniques of Medieval Armor Reproduction by Brian Price

Originaly posted by Moonshadow.

This book has more than earned the title of the "Armourer's Bible". Each page is a visual buffet of worthwhile projects, accurate historical information, and relevant tips and tricks that pertain to our craft. If ever I need inspiration for a new project (or even a new twist on an old project), I always turn to ToMAR first.

Inside is a complete list of projects that will produce an authentic 14th century suit of armour. I've used the patterns and techniques myself and they are very helpful. It saved me a lot of time and wasted material.

The book is worth very penny. Once you have it in your hand, you'll see that it is an excellent investment for both the beginning armourer as well as the more seasoned professional. You'll not regret this purchase.


The Ring Lord

Originally posted by Moonshadow.

Order Contents:
7.5 lb Bronze 14 Guage 3/8" ID
Assorted Tools

Ordering was completely painless. The website is not as straight forward as it could be but it's enough to make ordering easy. They have a very knowledgable staff that can assist you in making the right purchases.

Central Forge Throatless Shear

Originally posted by Moonshadow.

Supplier: Harbor Freight Tools
Price: $89.99 (now $99.99)

RJ Leahy

Originally posted by Quintus Aulus

Order Placed: June 10th, 2003
Payment Rendered: June 10th, 2003
Payment Method: Visa
Order Contents:

  • 1 1lb box of 1/8" X 3/8" Brass Round Rivets
  • 1 1lb box of 1/8" X 1/2" Steel Truss Rivets
  • 1 1/2lb box of #12 copper burs

Price: $25 (roughly)
Order Recieved: June 13th, 2003

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.

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