Helmets were the most important item of kit for warriors and are still the most important items of kit for the modern enthusiast as well. We offer a wide range of historical helmets. Only a few of what we can source for you from Lord of Battles are shown here. The helmets are made in different thicknesses of steel depending on the level of contact they are likley to be used for. Some helmets have additional reinforcing.
We can offer most of the helmets in four different gauges of mild steel and we have split this into two types:
Battle Ready helmets are made from either 1.6mm or 2.0mm mild steel. When I started doing re-enactment, 1.6mm was considered the minimum thickness for metal weapons combat and is still the standard for non-head blow or controlled head blow combat. It is also the minimum thickness that we originally recommended for jousting. We still think 1.6mm is safe for these applications but in recent years we have seen an increase in heavier style battle reenactment activities such as solid lance jousting and full head blow style combat. So we asked Lord of Battles to develop a range of 2.0mm steel helmets for us and we can now offer this for most of the helmets in our range.
1.6mm and 2.0mm steel is more than suitable for non-solid lance jousting and and most forms of battle re-enactment. However it is not suitable for Battle of the Nations style combat whose rules require helmets to be made from thicker steel.
We can also provide most of our helmets in thinner 1.2mm or 1.0 mm steel, We do not recommend either for martial arts training or battle re-enactment but they are ideal for collectors, LARPers and theatrical use. Because most of the manufacutring costs are for labour, these thinner helmets are the same price as our standard 1.6mm or 2.0mm ones but the advantage is that they are often up to 1 kg lighter.
"My kettlehat from The Red Knight took some heavy blows in the headblow fights & they just scratched it lol. I'm very happy with it."
All of our helmets come with a leather suspension style liner.
We can also provide a wooden stand to display your helmet.
Note that the helmets are listed in historical order with the earliest period helmets first, progresing down the page to the more recent ones.
Australian Customers - I have sent a number of these Helmets to Australia and the postal costs for tracked airmail (3 - 6 days delivery) is usually covered by 2 of our "Postal Upgrade for Australia" upgrades (e.g. $70 NZ) but please contact me first before ordering so I can give you a firm price.