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Oct 20

Measuring for a Gauntlet

It’s often difficult to measure for someone’s custom armour in person. Getting things correct for the finest armour requires multiple measurements and multiple visits from the client unless there is a casting of whatever body part I need available. This is especially so for gauntlets, as the hand and wrist need to be measured in several positions.┬áThis only becomes more difficult through a distance. However, thanks to modern technology some of this difficulty is lessened. Photocopiers are our friends!

Most people can get easy access to a photocopier, either at work or at an office service place (such as Office Depot). And from there it’s a simple thing to be able to take a few essential copies of your hand. Each of these copies gives an important measurement to make sure that a custom made gauntlet will fit properly and ensure the best protection available for the design.

When creating a gauntlet I need to be sure that it will cover the hand completely, move with the wrist, fingers, and thumb, and that it will not bind in any fashion. Granted some designs will give some binding and some won’t fully cover every area of the hand. My favourite designs give the best compromise on those in their price range. Yes, I can make you a $2000 pair of gauntlets that will move completely with your hand, give a full range of motion and cover you extremely well. They will not be 100% historical (although to the untrained eye they will appear so). And they will be the best gauntlets you’ll ever find!

But most people can’t afford a $2000 pair of gauntlets. And there are reasonable compromises for less cost. The pictures here are what photocopies are needed in order to give that. The only one I am currently missing is one of the back of the the fingers extended, not including the rest of the hand. It’s simple enough to send me the measurements of the length of each finger from the back of the knuckle to the tip.

Each part of the hand that has a yellow line on it should be measured and the measurements sent along with the photocopies, just for assurance. So what are you waiting for? Order your gauntlets today!

Thumb side hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements.

Thumb side hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements

open hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements.

Open hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements

pinky side hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements.

pinky side hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements

fist hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements.

fist hand scan used for custom gauntlet measurements

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