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Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Paul B » 03 Apr 2013 23:00

I thought I should put this in a new thread.

The cold steel bucklers are out there and it seems like the knights shop versions are no longer available (I stand to be corrected if that's not true)

I have a contact who could make fibreglass bucklers with interchangeable metal handles and in an infinite range of colours. Would be around the £25 mark.
Also options for internal steel reinforcing so stronger but still kind on the nylons.

It may also be possible for a cheaper version with a rougher finish or un-painted etc.

So, what are the swashbucklers' thoughts?
Do you want one?
What options would you like?

I was thinking of a flat handle, a slightly raised handle and colours of black, white, red and blue to go with current convention.

I was initially offered sparkly pink as a colour option. I'm tempted to put that in there.
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Piermarco » 04 Apr 2013 00:14

I'd be interested for £25.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Jacob_Lee » 04 Apr 2013 00:54

I would be interested. I may be slow on deciding on the colour I would want considering I would decide upon the most awkward/obnoxious hue that would make me look rather silly.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby admin » 04 Apr 2013 10:16

I understand there is a demand for 'plastic' bucklers, but personally I have never felt the need. The steel ones come in at £20 and can be used with nylon, steel, wood or anything else.

Sure the nylon swords get a little bit bashed up by steel bucklers over time, but IMO this is a good reminder that a swordsman should not be smashing the edges of his real sharp sword repeatedly against a buckler edge if they can avoid it! If that's what happens to a fat piece of rounded nylon, imagine what it does to a fine steel edge.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Magnus Hagelberg » 04 Apr 2013 13:20

Paul B wrote:I thought I should put this in a new thread.

The cold steel bucklers are out there and it seems like the knights shop versions are no longer available (I stand to be corrected if that's not true)

I have a contact who could make fibreglass bucklers with interchangeable metal handles and in an infinite range of colours. Would be around the £25 mark.
Also options for internal steel reinforcing so stronger but still kind on the nylons.

It may also be possible for a cheaper version with a rougher finish or un-painted etc.

So, what are the swashbucklers' thoughts?
Do you want one?
What options would you like?

I was thinking of a flat handle, a slightly raised handle and colours of black, white, red and blue to go with current convention.

I was initially offered sparkly pink as a colour option. I'm tempted to put that in there.



what options are there for shapes?

If you remember our chat the last fightcamp about having a more talhoffer styled tournament buckler.
something like this: http://www.stgeorgearmouryshop.co.uk/me ... G_1290.JPG
But without the pointy edge.

If you can get that for £25 I want a pair.
As for collors, I want them in Red, white and gold -our clubb collors.

Cheers Paul.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Paul B » 04 Apr 2013 14:58

He can make anything as long as he has an example as a starting point to make a mould from
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Paul B » 10 May 2013 19:35

I've had a bit of a research about the bucklers.
"Shields Plus" do a wood, rawhide and canvas buckler with a steel boss and a flat handle for £25.
They are good quality and he's a nice guy.
Doesn't seem much point in a synthetic buckler that costs the same.
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Thearos » 10 May 2013 21:26

They're very solid, but reenactment quality-- i.e. a tad heavy.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Paul B » 10 May 2013 23:03

I suppose I could make a light synthetic, but is there a point?
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby admin » 11 May 2013 06:52

Paul B wrote:I've had a bit of a research about the bucklers.
"Shields Plus" do a wood, rawhide and canvas buckler with a steel boss and a flat handle for £25.
They are good quality and he's a nice guy.
Doesn't seem much point in a synthetic buckler that costs the same.


I agree. With the available wood and steel bucklers for under £30 each, I just don't see the point in a plastic buckler.
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Re: Thoughts on synthetic bucklers

Postby Jacob_Lee » 11 May 2013 15:29

The main benefits of plastic (in this case, fibre glass) mostly resides on being lightweight and needing zero maintenance after use in all weather conditions.

Though honestly we are not doing our sessions in the beach, nor are we re-enacting in the rain. And for me, weight does act as a force dampener, which is especially useful for a small person like me.
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