18 gauge splints for sale
What are these?
18 gauge spring stainless vambrace splints. Each set of 5 splints has two longer splints that are17.4cm long for the outside edge of your arm, and three 15.9cm splints for the inside, so it won't dig into your bicep. The rivet holes are 1/8th inch, and the splints have a slight curve to them so they're more rigid and will sit more comfortably on your arm.
They're lighter and tougher than what you're probably using now. They'll let you kick more ass, and keep you quite safe. They're ideal for folks who fight hard against really hard hitters, and guys who are fighting against steel weapons. Because these kits let you do some customization they save you a lot on the price compared to custom arms, and you guarantee the fit. These let you do that with some amazing steel, and save you the work of shaping, firing, tempering and polishing them.
Why this alloy?
The ideal armour would weigh nothing, look stellar all the time, be made of period materials, and be zero maintenance. That's an impossible ideal of course, but in practical terms, this stuff moves us in that direction in most respects. Because it's both tougher and harder than mild and conventional stainless steel, this can be thinner and lighter than what you've used in the past. (Toughness and hardness are technical terms you can learn more about with a cool graph and a short blurb here.)
One summer I spent selling kitchen knives made out of 410 steel. They're awesome knives with a lifetime guarantee, and they're still my favorite tools to use when I cook. I've never seen them rust, and I've abused the heck out of them with no damage to the blades. So I was drawn to 410 when I was selecting steel for my armour. The ideal temper for armour is different than it is for knives, so our properties are a little different, but I think you'll find this steel to be pretty amazing.
On a molecular level, it's not a period material. That makes my inner authenticity maven/laurel cry a little. It is, however, indistinguishable from period steel without an electron microscope or some destructive testing. It looks like well polished mild steel, and has a coloration more like mild than 300 series stainless has. So it functions correctly, and looks right.
Why this thickness?
The body harness and greaves I wore in the Battle of the Nations were all made of this same exact stuff. It's 18 gauge 410. I wanted something that would keep me from coming home maimed or paralyzed, and this performed like a champ. I ran as a fast flanker with a pole axe, so light weight and high protection was and is very important to me. Some of my kit was made of thinner metal and some of it was 4130 (a non-stainless spring steel). Those pieces dented a little during a Ukrainian falchion storm, but the armour kept me quite safe. I'm not just acting tough when I say it simply didn't hurt when these guys were trying to force me to submit by inflicting pain. It felt like getting slapped with a plastic ruler. Correctly fired spring steel is that good. So while it is possible to dent this stuff given enough focused force, I'm confident that you can practice every week in it against whatever style you're facing and not have to spend time pounding dents out.