Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Steel

An alloy of wrought iron and carbon, capable of being hardened by heating and then quenching (rapid cooling) in water. This hardening process could cause embrittlement; gentle reheating (tempering) increased the metal's resilience. These pro­cesses were well known in the Middle Ages. See wrought iron.

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Brigandine
Form of coat-of-plates with hundreds of small plates, partially covering each other. Mobile yet protective.
Flukes
Close, deep fullers.
Foible
Special (Renaissance) term for the upper, weaker part of a blade. Does most of the attacking for its speed and nimbleness.
Ice pick
Small tool consisting of a thin metal spike fitted into a wooden handle.
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