TRAD Prime Longbow Armguard Black or Brown
The account of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 by Jean de Wavrin, who was present on the French side, describes the crucial force of English longbowmen as having on their heads either cuir bouilli helmets, or wicker with iron strips, or nothing (the last, he says, were also barefoot) (wikipedia)).
Cuir Bouilli is the nearly forgotten art to harden and toughen leather by soaking it in hot oil. The full-grain leather of these armguards has been prepared in this exact method in remembrance of the longbow warriors of the time.
The armguard is embossed with a a Fleur De Lis decoration which was a common decorative element of the English and French during the 100 years war – the height of the war-longbow. The embossed logo element sits on a 2nd layer to give ample protection from any string slap or other injuries that can be caused by archery.
The straps are sewn onto a short stretch band making this armguard very comfortable with a good tight fit and are hidden within the leather itself in order to conceal this technical feature. The underside of this armguard is kept free from most stitching by sliding it between the leather itself and sewing it from there. Together with the breathing airholes this is a wonderful armguard to wear on your bare arms.
Check out the matching TRAD Prime Longbow Back and Side Quivers for an awesome set!
Size (approximate): 17.5cm long, wrist diameter 16cm, upper diameter 24cm (will fit wider wrists, but will sit loose on narrower wrists)
Handcrafted by artisans in a small leather workshop in Europe from the best and highest leather quality. TRAD Prime products boast details like intricate embossed motives which are based on real finds from the medieval times, brass elements, hand stitching, leather weaving, ancient leather curing techniques and much more.
All our TRAD Prime and TRAD leather products are free of any nasty chemicals.