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Finding The Perfect Suit of Armor

Aug 21, 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.

Today's replicas of historical armors came mainly from three countries: Spain, Italy, and India. By nature one may be inclined to think that higher quality suits of armor come from the first two countries, and you are correct. However, you'll almost always end up paying a premium for these armors.

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.

When looking to purchase a suit of armor, which one you buy basically depends on how much you are willing to spend. The top grade armors in the world are made in Spain and Italy. However, many Indian made armors are the best value. They may be slightly less quality but the prices are much lower. On a side note, some of the best samurai swords in the world are made in China and Japan. Obviously, quality products do not need to be made in highly industrialized countries.

The ultimate medieval decor item for many people is an authentic suit of armor. These are made by traditional means, often hand-made, over in Europe and India. They are made out of real steel and are often embossed and flourished with etchings of gold, brass, and other unique designs.
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 an authentic suit of armor, go to http://www.armorvenue.com.
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