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Company Information
Arms & Armor was founded in 1982 and is owned and operated by Christopher Poor. Chris has had a life-long interest in weapons and armor, reflected in his time spent as a professional jouster. This first-hand experience, plus scholarly research, provides a working knowledge of weapons and armor that few others achieve.

Arms & Armor crafts a wide variety of items, with the majority of work done in the Medieval and Renaissance styles. Each replica is researched and modeled from examples found in museums, private collections, and other historical sources. Our goal at Arms & Armor is to recreate the look and feel of the original in all respects. Literally to allow you, the customer, to get the best replica available today. A 16th century person would, hopefully, not quickly recognize a difference between one of our reproductions and a piece made in their own time. This means that all items are crafted by hand, so each piece varies slightly from any other. This hand-crafted attention to detail and commitment to authenticity has made us popular with museums, collectors, and reenactment groups around the world. We feel the excellence of our products is what the discriminating collector is looking for and demands. We hope your purchase from Arms & Armor exceeds your expectations.

Our Weapons
We chose our materials to resemble the attributes of those materials used by the original makers. Our blades are made from 6150 carbon steel. We temper these to a hardness of approximately Rockwell 50 (a modern hardness scale about the average hardness of the very best original blades). The pommels, crossguards, heads of weapons, and other three dimensional parts are cast in a softer tool steel or bronze. This approximates the iron and bronze used by Medieval and Renaissance weapons makers. The grips are made from wood, cord, and leather. Our choice of materials and attention to form guarantee excellent quality replicas designed to be the best available today.

Our Armor
Our armor is also made in an authentic fashion. We use 12 to 18 gauge cold rolled steel, hammered into shape by hand. The addition of period replica buckles, hinges and high quality leather straps make for an exceptionally accurate replica. Arms & Armor also offers a line of theatrical weapons and armor based on our reproductions. These items are as historically accurate as possible, but have been modified to meet the demands of stage combat. These theatrical items are available for sale or lease (with an eye to the tight budget many theatrical groups must operate under). We work with large and small productions across the country including regional and national theatres, opera, TV, and film companies. We look forward to enhancing your production and assisting your design and technical staff in any way we can.

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