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Finding Authentic Suits of Armor

Aug 20, 2008
If you're looking to purchase a suit of armor, you'll be amazed at how many different kinds there are. Armors from the castle of Churberg, Marto suit of armors, Medioevo armors imported from Italy - all of these are great but you may want to consider some accessories that not all suits of armors include that will increase your customer satisfaction.

The armor especially in Italy is created with an old patina rustic look which India manufacturers cannot or will not match. The shape of the armor is also going to be more authentic and historically accurate to what was actually constructed in medieval times as well. Another advantage of Italian and Spanish armors is that they often can etch and emboss very delicate and complex designs on their armor, sometimes in precious metals such as gold. If you are looking for a display suit of armor, Spanish armors are almost always going to be your pick.

Knights are the primary example where most of the suits of armors in castles and in today's homes are found. Why? Because they were often the most heavily armored to serve as shock troops and to bust through hard lined defenses. Once you get so far in the game, you can see about 5 different types of armor that the knights wore. They include a Gothic style armor and a Milanese type of armor.

However, the armor in India does have its pros as well. As the cost of labor is much less in India, you'll often pay a lot less for an Indian armor, and they can be high quality as well. Indian medieval armor also is a very effective SCA combat or reenactment piece. They make suits of armor that can be worn and used as costumes or in tournaments. The downside is that they usually make not-so-good display armors, as the "old patina" look cannot not be replicated and they fail miserably at etching and embossing fine designs on their armors.

The only suits of armor that are going to be immune from price changes are Indian made suits of armor. Though iron, brass, and wood have gone up in price, armors can still be made cheaply in India. Though they do not have the quality of Spanish and Italian armors, prices are expected to hover anywhere from $1500-2500 for good quality suits of armors, compared to $3000-11000 for European armors.
About the Author
John Hilde is a historical armor and weapons enthusiast who enjoys collecting these items. He owns an online store called Armor Venue that sells armor and weapons replicas. To learn more about asuit of armor, go to http://www.armorvenue.com.
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