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Plate arms of Ming dynasty




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Plate arms of Ming dynasty

Default options
  • Fastenings leather straps with steel nickel-plated buckles
  • Metal for scales and lamellar plates steel 1.0 mm (18 ga)
  • Color of leather fastening black
  • Finish treatment satin polishing
  • Lacing with cord
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Custom made

This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Metal for scales and lamellar plates
Color of leather fastening
Finish treatment


Plate arms of Ming dynasty, better known as Bi Fu or Bi Shou is a heavy armguard made of segmented overlapping metal plates. It was the primary upper limb armour of the Ming army, especially of its mounted troops. 


A typical pair of Bi Fu plate arms were made of overlapping metal plates riveted to dog leather backing, sewn onto two full-length silk arm sleeves, and secured to the wearer's arms with leather straps.

The effectiveness of this gauntlet of arm protection is confirmed by the fact that, in various variations, this very design was used from 202 BC to the 17th century AD.

Steel Mastery has recreated this magnificent example of ancient armour, using bands of thick but cord (sorry, not dogskinsmiley) on which laminar iron strips with shaped notches along the lower edge are riveted. Like the ancient original, our gauntlet arms are secured to a fabric-lined backing and fastened to the arm using laces and leather straps with buckles.

Such a design provides excellent protection for the arm while maintaining full mobility, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by you in combat.

It's a heck of a choice of armor for arm protection at historical events, as well as sports or fantasy projects.

Base price of Plate arms of Ming dynasty includes following options:

  • Metal – steel 1 mm
  • Finish treatment – satin polishing
  • Fastenings – leather straps with steel nickel-plated buckles; 
  • Color of leather fastenings – black;
  • Decoration – no 
  • Lacing – cord
  • Do-it-yourself – no

According to your wishes, our craftsmen can execute hand protection in polished steel, hammered steel or with other finish treatment. You can see 2 variants of finish treatment on the puctures: polishing and hammering.

We used brocade lining fabric and it can also be anothet color to your wishes. Don't ask for dogskin, which we don't have, but we have a strong leather cord!


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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I recommend it! They helped me with the metal choice and other options and also supported me throughout the entire production. They are great. Thank you!
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