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At Medieval Collectibles, we have an array of wearable functional gauntlets that are the perfect addition to any knight’s armor. Gauntlets are basically long armor gloves that are designed to protect the lower part of the arm, the hands, and fingers of any medieval knight or sword fighter.
All our gauntlets are fully functional and wearable. We have varieties that come from different time periods that are made with materials such as gauge steel and other metals. Most gauntlets are incorporated with leather gloves and straps for added security and comfort.
We also have mitten style or articulated gauntlets that provide adequate hand protection that lets you grip your weapon easily. These metal mitts are functional and are available to use as LARP or reenactment armor. To make sure that you find what you need, you can customize your own armor glove or gauntlets by choosing the size, color, steel, and gauge thickness.
If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1-877-637-9673. We are available to answer inquiries and concerns from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (CST).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a medieval gauntlet?
A gauntlet is a type of glove that is often used in combat. It is designed to be a defensive type of gear that protects the hands, wrists, and forearms during hand-to-hand combat. They are often constructed with hardened leather and metal plates, like gauge steel and other types of alloys.
What is the difference between a glove and a gauntlet?
A glove is a piece of clothing that covers the hands and fingers for protection against extreme weather or utility. Gloves usually have separate sheaths for the fingers and the thumb. A gauntlet is a type of glove that is specifically a protective guard for the hands and wrists. Gauntlets were usually worn by knights and other types of soldiers in combat.
What were gauntlets used for?
Medieval gauntlets were used as part of a knight’s or soldier’s protective armor. In the Middle Ages, the hands and wrists were considered high injury risks because weapons mostly used by close-combat soldiers at that time were swords, maces, and axes. When the hands or arms of soldiers get injured to the point where they can no longer wield their weapons, they usually end up in one of two scenarios: death or permanent mutilation.
Glove armor and hand protection was slowly prioritized in the middle of the medieval period. Early gauntlets were made of thick leather, as it offered a bit of feeble protection that allowed flexibility to hold weapons tight. The incorporation of chain mail also introduced the addition of mail gauntlets and then later evolved to using metal plates that were sewn over leather and fastened with leather strings.