plate cutter

Modern mild steel, in this case 14 gauge, is very homogenous and metallurgical constant. This is not at all like medieval iron that had impurities with soft and hard areas in the same plate.

(Right) The construction was quilted to keep the layers in place.


(Left) The arrow is replaced to show the lethal depth of penetration


The power of the heavy Welsh yew warbow is apparent.

(Left) The top two case-hardened quarrel type plate cutting arrowheads were used for the test. The heads are sharp and hard enough to start the penetration whist the cutting edges roll back the plate to allow a deeper breach into the plate.

For contrast a needle bodkin (bottom) is shown and its delicacy by comparison is apparent.
Whilst this type of head passes through maille, seemingly as easily as morning mist, it crumples like a Turkish slipper against plate armour of any thickness.

2 plate 1 needle

Jeremy Spencer

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