I have a complete set of Epic Armoury 'Dark Warrior' armor and three of their darkened helmets to match. I also have a darkened(not blackened) set of Lord of Battles riveted chainmail. How is this 'darkening' process done? I know it's a chemical treatment, but what chemicals? So far, I have no problems with rust. But, one day, what if.....? Any ideas? Would these be chemicals I could buy to re-treat the pieces? Just curious.....
Based on the pictures at KoA, you should be able to restore the finish by boiling the pieces in diluted white vinegar for a few minutes. I'm not sure if that is the original method, but I've achieved very similar results doing that.
I've used vinegar to age blades, but I think they use some kind of chemical/acid process. It deeply penetrates the steel. It's not just a surface treatment. I also know that vinegar treatment penetrates the steel but only very shallow. In that case, one would have to neutralize the vinegar, then oil it in order to seal it...and keep it sealed. This armor is basically zero-maintenance...I just don't know for how long.
Gun blue doesn't go all that deep either. As I said, I have no problems right now. Just looking for ideas on how to prevent future problems. I had a tiny bit of rust on a couple of my helmets, and I took a scuff pad to the affected area. It looked so good, I did the entire suit and the other helmet as well. Looks like it all ought to be behind glass in a museum somewhere...which is exactly the look I was going for. Whatever process Epic Armoury uses, it goes deep and does a good job. Same with my darkened chainmail from Lord of Battles. I've sweated like crazy in that stuff...not a speck of rust to be found.
That is very reminiscent of the effect a product called Blue Wonder gives you. They not only make a blue but a blackening. It is the blackening product that this most looks like. The product is applied and then heated lightly (a hair dryer works well). You can uses multiple coats to get the desired color. It works very well and couldn't be easier to use.
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christain: It's about 72F. here. I may sit out by the fire-pit tonight. Spent a good part of the afternoon polishing armor. This becomes a bi-weekly thing in winter. But, with the up 'n down temps here, I can see rust forming. From cold and dry to warm and damp--yup.
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Feb 14, 2019 23:02:35 GMT
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christain: I feel that the forward slanting curvature of the crown and the extended nasal gives the helm a unique look and extra protection by allowing glancing blows. Nasal helms are about the bare minimum in armored combat, but combined with a mail coif....yeah!
Feb 14, 2019 22:42:31 GMT
Matt KOA: christain - Glad the new Phrygian caught your eye. I liked it too - particularly because that unique and interesting style was not well represented on our site when compared to the many other more standard "nasal bar" helms.
Feb 14, 2019 15:22:13 GMT
MOK: Thanks Matt, that does help! I've seen a few places do it the hard way, and nobody ever specifies.
Feb 13, 2019 21:10:51 GMT
christain: Armored workouts are on hold due to a slightly twisted ankle. Should be better in a day or two. Now, I just walk around(limping)in my armor. Makes it interesting to the neighbors when I go out to the box and get the mail.
Feb 13, 2019 20:29:33 GMT
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ouroboros: Brother Knight--hows the armoured workout treating You?
Feb 13, 2019 18:46:37 GMT
christain: MattKOA: Love the new Phrygian Norman and Crusader nasal helmets you guys have up. I see an order in my near future. Can't go to Ren-Fest wearing last years armor. That would be a fashion faux-pas.
Feb 13, 2019 18:40:32 GMT
Matt KOA: Jordan - We checked with our supplier and the sword is still considered "Back Ordered" with them and they do not have an ETA to provide. I'm sorry I don't have anything more specific at this time.
Feb 13, 2019 17:16:15 GMT
Matt KOA: MOK - We measure in a straight line from where the blade exits the hilt to the end of its tip. Hope that helps!
Feb 13, 2019 16:52:16 GMT
MOK: Hey Matt, just to clarify, do you measure curved blades in a straight line from one end to the other, or along the curve?
Feb 13, 2019 9:11:12 GMT
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