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Making a Kit


Making a Kit

Sirs Brian, Edward, and Wolf
There are many different reasons to want to make a knightly kit, whether it is historical interest, activity in a re-enactment group, costuming for a renaissance or medieval faire, or a play or charitable event. Whatever your goal is, there are as many different ways to make a kit as there are enthusiasts who do so. You can choose between a variety of styles that span a multitude of centuries and geographical regions.

The choices can seem daunting, not to mention the potential expense involved. But getting started can be quite cheap and easy, if you're willing to pick the style of knight accordingly.

For example, to make a relatively inexpensive kit, you can portray an early medieval knight, such as a Norman or Crusader knight. The armor generally consisted of a mail (the term "chainmail" is technically not correct) hauberk or byrnie, which covers the torso, and hangs to mid-thigh or around the knee. These may have had half-sleeves or full length sleeves ending in mittens. A mail coif covered the head, which depending on the time and place, may have been integrated into the hauberk or as a stand-alone piece. With a fabric surcoat, and a nasal/conical helm, the look is basically complete.

For later periods involving plate armor, the expense increases dramatically, however there are many options available. You can visit our Links Page for some examples of armourers.

Some examples of styles and periods:

Norman Knight C. 1066
Norman Knight C. 1180
Teutonic Knight C. 1270
Italian Knight C. 1400
Italian Knight C. 1425
German Knight C. 1470-80

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