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Armouring Tool List

If you want to build armour, there are certain tools that you'll need, and others that will make life easier. In the following pages I've tied to make a tool list based off what i have and use, and what I'd like to have. depending on the kind of armour you build, and the techniques you use you may not need some tools I've listed, and you'll likely find uses for tools i haven't even thought of.

With some ingenuity and a bit of scrounging you should be able to gather at least the basics for relatively cheap. You only really need 1 or 2 things from most of these pages, I've just tried to present a number of options.

I'll also note that this isn't really an Instructable, since it doesn't say how to build anything, but it's the best way I could think of to present a relatively detailed tool list for building plate armour. I also opted to use internet images after having a finished instructable, minus pictures, sitting for a month while my digital camera was, and still is, nowhere to be found.
 
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Step 1: 1 knowledge

First thing first is using your brain.
What kind of armour are you building? plate, maille and cloth armours all use different supplies and techniques.
What is your armour for? is it decoration, costume, or will you fight in it?
If you fight in it what kind of weapons are you using, boffers, rattan, steel?
If your fighting with a group are there any armour standards or regulations you need to conform to?

Also, do you REALLY know what armour looks like? we all have a rough idea, but there is a lot of subtle shapes and details that separate a good suit of combat armour from something to stand in your hallway.
Start building a collection of images of armour, study them closely and really get a feel for the shapes that make up a suit of armour.

Books are also indispensable at the very least i recommend getting your hands on
Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century ISBN#1-58160-098-4

It is the armourers bible, it covers everything you need to know about building armour, and then some. seriously, if you want to build armour get this book, read it and love it.

other than that just about anything you can find on armour will have something useful in it. even if it;s a simple and a picture showing some obscure detail you never noticed.
ozjunky2 years ago
hey Armourkris,
I'm a sheetmetal worker and industrial lagger (steampipe insulator), not by trade as neither are trades in Australia anymore :( but I have forever had a love of all things medieval, forged, or cast, essentially anything to do with metal, love my engines in cars, or anything really, love metal work, love forging, its all just awesome, and best of all I love having a go. After reading this instructable I went ahead and bought the armouring book you recommended, and now I just wait for it to get here :) Your tools are absolutely fantastic and so innovative :) thanks for such a great instructable.
8bit5 years ago
You write some amazing armouring ibles! Five stars and thanks.
DerStu5 years ago
http://www.armourarchive.org/patterns/
it has just about any pattern you could want
armourkris (author)  DerStu5 years ago
Some of my first real armour was based from those patterns and coincidental enough in the forum section there is currently a thread about my maille and plates right now. It's an excellent site,and i cant recommend checking it out enough, but if you make armour from those patterns make sure you adjust them to fit you. I ended up with a couple projects that looked nice enough, but would never ever fit me.
lemonie5 years ago
This is a list of tools and internet-images. Doesn't really count as an Instructable because it's not showing us how to do anything. L
armourkris (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Agreed, but I've had a few requests for a tool list and couldn't think of a better way to present one. as for he internet images, well, I would have preferred to use my own images as much as possible, but my digital camera has run off on me, leaving me with an imageless tool list for the last month. So i bit the bullet, gave up on finding my camera and used internet images. I will edit the first page to try and explain that.
meobius5 years ago
If working with sheet metal, I find metal nibblers (manual ones for small jobs, and powered ones for big ones) work extremely well, as does a dremmel (for smaller cuts. The snips and the shears work well for long cuts, I've never had luck using saws
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