Screeching gulls circled above our heads as we made our way to the coast. Our coats were no match for the relentless wind, but our attention was fixed on the flamboyant figures awaiting where waves meet the sand. Their curved cutlasses were drawn, and I understood this would be a standoff with skulls and crossbones, as promised. But my cutlass was sharper!
The Curved Cutlass is an iconic weapon for any naval character or urban character connected to shady establishments at the harbours. The weapon is inspired by designs used during the Age of Sail, which forms the setting in most maritime novels. While a cutlass may fit perfectly in the hands of a pirate, it is worth noting that the versatile design allows application with a wide range of characters, such as bold buccaneers, stout seafarers, decisive dock workers or bodacious bandits. Wealthier characters might instead wield a Curved Sabre. Despite status and station, any decent cutlass should have a story (or several) regarding the acquisition of the weapon. Which ones will you tell the crew?
It has been an exceptionally successful day in the marketplace. Busy streets and wealthy customers have filled your Merchant Suede Bag with coins beyond brimming.
You pack up what is left of your wares as the market finally calms down, loading your cart. Perhaps you’ll purchase a duck on the way home. You’re feeling rich enough to splurge a little and fill your belly to satisfaction.
Epic Armoury’s Merchant Suede Bag is a large, flat leather belt pouch. The bag is closed by securing the full-grain leather strap and brass buckle. Two 8 cm leather loops on the back allow the bag to be attached to your belt.
The bag is made from dyed split-leather and is stitched around the edges with flattened leather cord to ensure a product that will withstand the abuse of a LARP or reenactment. When adding the final touches to any multitude of characters, this Merchant Suede Bag is a neutral solution that will last a long time.
Historically referred to and used like a “pocket” before pockets were added to clothing
Pouches worn at the belt have been found in Swedish and English burial sites pre-dating 1000 A.D.
Your squire buckles the straps of your custom-fit armour, adjusting it to be comfortable and snug over your gambeson. Then you are handed your piece-de-resistance: the Noble Sword. You paid top coin for this sword, and you expect people will be impressed when they see how it shines on the battlefield.
Your blacksmith assured you that the Noble Sword’s design was both effective and awe-inspiring, and you’re one to agree. You are a mighty warrior, indeed, to be the owner of such fine craftsmanship. A fitting symbol of your godly-given status.
This bestselling Epic Armoury Noble Sword is a longsword with a distinctive rapier-inspired hilt. The sword is 110 cm long from point to pommel, with a slim 85 cm double-edged blade. The piece-de-resistance is the cross-guard: a supported bar to catch slashing strikes and a mesh of elegantly circled wire to stop thrusting attacks. The long handle is wrapped in black split-leather and allows one or two-handed use, and is topped by an elegantly carved pommel.
This longsword has the look of a classical renaissance sword and can be used in almost any setting you require, especially if you are looking for refinement or the look of a seasoned veteran.
Commonly referred to as a “broadsword,” which is actually a historically incorrect term
Similar to the “cut & thrust swords” popular in the late 16th century, but with a longer handle
You’re the first to spot the sails o’ a ship on the horizon, and so the chase begins. You and your crewmates have a reputation as the most formidable pirates on the sea, and it’s time to defend your title.
You board the merchant’s ship with your cutlass at the ready. They have heard o’ your flag before, and so they be surrendering smartly. Good. This be easy loot! You and your crew pack what plunder you can find before a Royal Navy ship can come along, but as you pass the miserable captain you notice his tricorne hat. The hat is your share o’ the profit with a simple snatch from the man’s head.
A mighty fine Pirate Hat it is, too.
Epic Armoury’s “tricorne” Pirate Hat is handmade from natural full-grain quality leather and sturdy stitching, embellished with cotton canvas and laced leather around the brim. Inspired by popular 18th century hats of the time, its brim is turned up and pinned to form a triangle around the crown with leather lacing. With regular leather care, you can expect this hat to add a special touch to your kit for a long time!
Referred to as a “tricorne” or “cocked hat”
Popular by the end of the 17th century as both civilian fashion and military uniform
Typically worn with the point facing forward, although soldiers would often wear it pointed above their left eyebrow to allow their rifle to be rested on their shoulder