|Armor & Weapons|
Knights are encouraged to armor themselves as well as they can. These are contact combat events, and each Knight is responsible for his own safety. The following are MINIMAL armor requirements for combat. Armor cannot be made with obviously modern materials exposed.
* All combat armor must be approved by the ArmorMaster *
HEAD AND FACE: Rigid Full head and face protection are required.
NECK: A simple gorget of leather. An outward turned lip at the neckline of a breastplate qualifies.
BODY: padded or leather covering chest, stomach and back.
FOREARMS: Padded or leather bracers. Long gauntlest are acceptable.
HANDS: Heavy leather gloves.
SHINS: Padded or heavy leather.
GROIN: An athletic cup for men.
All metal corners must be penny round or rolled.
The following are specifically Forbidden: (ArmorMasters discretion is required here)
Large protruding pieces which could be dangerous.
For Knights requiring a shield:
Vertical Length cannot exceed the distance of waist to ground of combatant.
Cannot be smaller than fingertip to elbow of participant in one direction.
*All weapons must be approved by the WeaponMaster*
All weapon cores shall be made of rattan. No weapon with a PVC core will be permitted. Other wooden, non-rattan core weapons will not be permitted.
Swords (1 and 2 handed):
1.) Padding on sword tip shall be 1 1/2" or thicker.
2.) Padding on primary striking surface (edge of blade) shall be 3/4" or thicker.
3.) Padding on non-primary surface (flat of blade) shall be 1/4" or thicker.
4.) Hilts/cross guards shall be made of flexible plastic or rubber hose. One piece of garden hose or multiple pieces of smaller hose taped/glued together are sufficient.
5.) Pommels shall be padded at least 1" up the side of the sword core with 1/4" or thicker padding.
6.) Padding on pommel tip shall be 1" or thicker.
1.) Padding on both staff tips shall be 1 1/2" or thicker.
2.) The primary striking end/s of a staff shall be padded for 16" of length with at least 1" of padding.
3.) In the case of spear-grip staves, one end of the staff may be padded to only a 4" length, but that end cannot be used other than to thrust.
--Pole weapons (spears, halberds, glaives, bardiches, etc.):
1.) Padding on weapon ends (spear tips, pommel end, etc.) shall be 1 1/2" or thicker.
2.) Padding on primary striking surface (edge of spear blades, etc.) shall be 3/4" or thicker.
3.) Padding on non-primary surface (flat of spear blades, etc) shall be 1/4" or thicker.
4.) Pommel end of a polearm shall be padded at least 1" up the side of the core with 1/4"or thicker padding.
5.) Pole weapons whose heads are not 16" in length should be padded with at least 1/2" thick foam for a length below the head so as to make 16" of successive padding.
WEAPON OF CHOICE: Petition must be made to the WeaponMaster for any nonstandard weapons. Upon completion of the weapon it must be presented to the WeaponMaster for his approval. Any changes that the WeaponMaster wishes to be made may then be applied. The Knight then presents the weapon to the WeaponMaster for final approval. If the weapon is approved it may then be used for combat.