Requirements for weapons and armour
Handicraft Workshops
Solemnitas 2004

Requirements for weapons and armour

Specifications for weapons and armour to be used at the tournament

All weapons and armour must be manufactured according to historical examples from period of 1250 to 1400. Single person's weaponry and pieces of armour may not differ in dating more than 50 years. .

Sword must be clean, without rust, dents or portrusions. Sword must fit within these parameters:
A sword may weigh no less than 1200 g
Blade must be dulled and no thinner on edge than 2 mm
Tip's rounding may be of no less than 15 mm in diameter.

Shield may not be taller than 80 cm. A shield must be at least 8 mm thick. A shield ought to be covered at least on the outer side in leather or cloth and must be painted. Additionally, a shield must be edged in leather or several layers of cloth.It is forbidden to use shields edged with metal or equipped with sharp, pointed boss. Shields must be made of wood or plywood with the exception of metal being allowed for buckler type shields

3. Armour
Armour must provide real protection. Armour must protect all legal targets (head, neck, torso, arms, elbows, thighs, knees). Extra protection is needed at shoulders, neck, elbows and knees. Armouring of feet and shins is not required, but heavily recommended. In non-target areas modern protective equipment may be used as long as it is covered and hidden.

A helmet must be worn that provides at least partial protection to one's face.
A coif or an aventail must be used to protect ones neck, along with additional padding underneath.
Torso should be protected by a maille shirt on light gambeson. A thick gambeson may be worn instead. Upon maille one must wear either additional chest protection or appropriate clothing (jupon, tabard etc).
Locked gauntlets are forbidden.

Armour must be without portrusions or spikes. Armour must be clean, without rust. Armour must be manufactured of authentic materials, modern substitutes are forbidden.