KeithFarrell wrote:A few questions:
1) you say they will be fastened with buckles. Are you meaning buckles like those commonly found on leather belts, or the snap-buckle type found on things like rucksacks?
Steel buckles found on armour. I am pretty sure quick release buckles would smash on contact with a sword. Of course there are alternatives that have not been looked into yet (buckles are not the easisest things to do up once the gauntlets are on) but we keep coming back to the original tried an tested designs.
KeithFarrell wrote:2) how much protection do the gauntlets give against a heavy direct hit from a steel sword? You say the impact can be felt, but HOW uncomfortable is this? I'm particularly interested in the ability to protect against a direct hit to the wrist, to the back of hand and across the fingers.
Hard question to answer. There is the question of how uncomfortable and also ability to protect. I have every confidence in their ability to protect (against broken bones) although you can never say never. However, as with any impact, it is going to hurt. I can say that they provide better protection than my £100 lacrosse gloves and the impact is felt less. The gloves are still work in progress and we can easily add more high density foam under the plates if people find the impact too painful.
KeithFarrell wrote:3) roughly how much will it cost for a kit?
Parts are cheap (injection moulded), labour for assembly is not (unless we move it to China/India which I don't want to do). Kits should come in at around half the cost of the finished gloves. Also, purchasing the assembled gauntlets without the leather gloves will be cheaper.
KeithFarrell wrote:4) I will bite: how do the gloves protect against strikes to the tips and sides of fingers?
.........as well as the originals. Yet to take a full blow to the finger tip in sparring whilst wearing them. I imagine they are better than lacrosse gloves though.
KeithFarrell wrote:On the whole though, they look very sleek and professional, and I am looking forward to seeing them in person at FightCamp!
I think they are getting there but will benefit from more feedback