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Late Medieval Poleyns, Knee Protection, 15th Century, 1.6 mm Steel, Pair

This wearable, fully articulated reconstruction of a plate armour for the knees, as worn in the late Middle Ages, is designed to protect the knee area from the lower thigh to the upper shin. It is crafted from 1.6 mm (16 gauge) steel and blackened on the inside for better corrosion resistance.

The leg armour consists of poleyns (knee caps, also known as genouilleres), short cuisses with braided cords (incl. brass tips), and short greaves. All parts are connected together by sliding plates or lames that are hinged on sturdy steel rivets, thus allowing for adequate freedom of movement. The upper edge of the cuisses and the lower edge of the greaves are rolled, and the poleyns extend into distinctive, fishtail-shaped wings on the outer sides.
At the back, three riveted, adjustable, approx. 3 mm thick leather straps with steel buckles allow for a comfortable, custom fit.

Equally suited for medieval re-enactment, LARP, stage, TV/film or costuming, these articulated knee guards are most fitting for late medieval settings and ideal to complete the armour of a European warrior or knight.

The poleyns are sold as a pair.

– Material: 1.6 mm (16 ga) sheet steel, black leather straps, steel buckles, cotton cords with brass tips
– Overall length: approx. 45 cm
– Width of opening at thigh: approx. 16 cm
– Width of opening at shin: approx. 16 cm
– Dimensions of knee caps: approx. 15 x 12 cm (depth approx. 10 cm)
– Dimensions of the side wings: approx. 17.5 x 12 cm
– Weight (pair): approx. 3.9 kg

Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.

Please note:
To ensure that this armour is the right fit for you, please remember to take your measurements over your gambeson and/or any piece of clothing or chainmail you may plan to wear underneath!

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain plate armour on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

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