How do you want to make them? The old fashioned way with forge and
anvil or the modern stock removal method with a grinder? How much do you
know about metal working? Do you want these medieval weapons and armour
to be functional?
Greetings and Salutations....
On 1 Nov 2003 16:41:51 -0800, eneg firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom R. Rastell)
In a less cruel mode...I would suggest that your BEST course
of action would be to contact your local chapter of the Society For
Creative Anachronism. Find a group that has an armorer that does
this sort of thing. Join the group, and, apprentice yourself to
him or her.
Also, visit your public library. It can be a vast resource
of literature on forming metal.
Actually, you are kind of talking about two very different
fields of endeavor up there. Armor making and weapon making are
similar in that they both involve metal, but, very different in
how one goes about them. It might be a TAD easier to pick one
discipline and study it for a while, to decide if it is what you
want to burn the precious minutes of your life on.
For weapons, look at the knives newsgroup (no...I don't recall
if it is alt.knives or something else just now...search for it).
They have QUITE a lot of traffic dealing with making edged
tools of various sorts, and get into some pretty esoteric chats
about proper materials, forming, heat treating, etc.
The blacksmithing group might be worthwhile for making armor,
but, I suspect that your BEST bet is to look into an "English Wheel".
However, remember Jesse James' remark about that tool - something on
the order of: Watch your fingers...it is like a hammer but it holds
has patterns and forums for asking questions
there is another armour site somthing like arador.com ?? or somthing like
this place has a forum of making swords
start with knives to see if you like it and to get some practice
concentrating on one or the other would be a good idea too - like someone
swordmaker (well 1 sword)
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