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Shields were the earliest form of bodily defense and have appeared throughout the ages in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Depending on the period and culture, shields could be constructed of wood, bronze, iron, steel, bamboo, rattan, woven reeds, deerskin, buffalo hide, aluminum or Plexiglas. Round shields were common in many countries and were a particular favorite of the famed Viking warrior. It is this style that we primarily stock although we also carry several styles of bucklers; small shields held by a single grip and used to deflect incoming blows.
All of our shields are made of steel and are quite up to the task of staged combat. Be aware, however, that they are not indestructible and will not withstand full blows by heavy weapons such as maces, hammers or axes. These weapons were, after all, made to destroy armor and shields as well as the warriors they protected. A qualified Fight director will be indispensible in training your actors in their use. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.