About Hands


Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.

Ani DiFranco

So if you want to hold weapon perfectly, Steel Mastery presents a rich collection of medieval hand armor, thoroughly developed and produced by professionals of their craft. Every single of our hand protection provides maximum protection, comfort, and functionality. 

  • First products to draw your attention are definitely metal fingered and mitten gauntlets – the pinnacle of Medieval period engineering – stylish, glorious, and fabulous for historical reenactment, fencing, SCA and other Medieval style events and competitions. This section will help with choosing fully authentic classic finger gauntlets, brutal plate gloves for fencing, not as elegant but absolutely unbreachable. These item’s noble steel completes any set while guaranteeing its owner great quality as well as high protection. Just imagine how you lay down your hand armor to your opponent ;)
  • Brigandine mittens are a little less popular than original ones, however, protect as well. Moreover, they are magnificent with brigandine armor. For example, take historical Visby brigandine gauntlets for Visby armor. In case you need best combat mittens, we have these - set of leather laminar mittens, made of steel but covered with leather, modest however comfortable and greatly protecting.
  • If you are a proud owner of late XIII-XIV Medieval armor, we have scale and mail gauntlets and mittens – mail hand protection for those who want to feel oneself a Crusader or Viking. This early type of protection is a handcrafted mailed canvas sewn on the quilted mitten. Just like this medieval period chainmail glove with rondels.
  • In Padded gloves and leather mittens sections, we have various padded hand armour you can use just as functional standalone guard for the soft training as well as insets into a metal fist or steel hand protection. More to that, there are such peculiar items like manica - gladiator padded protection.

For over 15 years our craftsmen are forging, riveting, sewing historical hand armor for your arms that are holding weapons. Being in accordance with Medieval style armour fashion, this protection, nonetheless, represents the highest level of quality plus reliability. This guarantees that owners are happy to have all their fingers safe and unharmed during the fiercest fights. 

Before placing order remember to take measurements. For your convenience, we’ve prepared How to take measurements for gauntlets manual. Be sure to use it to receive proper custom handcrafted hand armor. After all, we will certainly produce it according to your order. 

In case the item you’ve ordered doesn’t fit, you can always return it at your cost so that craftsmen from Steel Mastery can readjust your order in a way that satisfies your desires.

You’ve looked all our hand armor collection through and haven’t found anything for your taste? No problem! Contact us via our email [email protected], send pictures, photos, and wishes so we can produce an entirely new custom model specifically for you.

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Review about items

Padded mittens for medieval fencing
Padded mittens for medieval fencing

I confirm receipt of the parcel. All is perfect.

Leather mittens with diamond stitching
Leather mittens with diamond stitching

Good and comfortable mittens, fast shipping and very professional customer service. Thanks!

Set of leather laminar mittens
Set of leather laminar mittens

Some good stuff. Trusty and hard. A bit unprotected on the inside but glorious on the shell. Had a few difficulty to get them cause of postal services but an excellent client service from Steel Mastery saved the day. Thanks again.

Set of leather laminar mittens
Manuel Gonzalez
Set of leather laminar mittens

Recently purchased the a set of laminar mittens. The craftsmanship and details are incredible!!!! Very nice and beautiful craftsmanship work!!! They feel and fit great, really love how they conceal and cover the hand. What I also like is that they seem easy to repair in case the leather gets damaged or if the straps break. Finally was able to test them on a light sparring match, love how they felt around the handle of the sword and the freedom of movement they offer my hands. Compared to other mittens & gloves that I have tried for practicing H.E.M.A. these gloves actually let me feel the handle of the sword and allow me to have a proper grip on the sword. So far so good and I am really satisfied with them.