Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S Is For Sabaton...

All right! S it is! And I'm trying to find other armor parts that have yet to be covered. There are only so many helms I can post about and trust me, there are a lot of variations of helms!

Sabaton - Covers the foot, often mail or plate. Fourteenth and fifteenth century sabatons typically end in a tapered point well past the actual toes of the wearer's foot, following fashionable shoe shapes of the fourteenth century. Sabatons of the first half of sixteenth century end at the tip of the toe and may be wider than the actual foot.

Schynbalds - These were an early experiment in plate armour for the lower leg. Schynbalds were metal plates strapped over chausses. Each schynbald was a single piece of steel that covered the front and outside of the shin. Schynbalds did not enclose the lower leg: hence, they were not true greaves. Schynbalds first appeared during the late thirteenth century and remained in use during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Spaulders  - Are pieces of armour in a harness of plate armour. Typically, they are a single plate of steel or iron covering the shoulder with bands (lames) joined by straps of leather or rivets.

Sai -  Is a traditional weapon used in the Okinawan martial arts. The basic form of the weapon is that of a pointed, prong shaped metal baton, with two curved prongs called yoku projecting from the handle. Sai are generally used in pairs.

Shuriken -  is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing. Shuriken is the name given to any small-bladed object, while shaken is traditionally used to indicate the well-known "throwing star".

They are sharpened hand-held blades made from a variety of everyday items, such as needles, nails, and knives, as well as coins, washers, and other flat plates of metal.

And that's it for today! See you tomorrow!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ninja stars! I need those.

I.L. Wolf said...

I'm visiting from the A to Z challenge, and I just learned a whole bunch of new words. Thanks for that.


Anonymous said...

My characters love using sais and shurikens. Very useful in an undercover situation. Many of the Okinawan weapons were disguised as farm tools as weapons were outlawed by the Japanese. [Link: http://www.angelfire.com/ak4/tw/Okinawan_Weapons.html]

In Perfect World had an avatar called SilverSais as he fought two-handed.