and and wrist protection for Cut & Thrust

The Following are examples of approved hand and wrist protection for Cut and thrust combat in the kingdom of Æthelmearc, with commentary and notes by Don Simon Caminante. It is hoped that this list, while not in any way exaustive, will alleviate some concerns and difficulties with the rules in this area, and will provide inspiration and guidence to those who wish to participate in this form of combat.

The relevant sections of the rules are:
From the Society Rapier Marshals handbook (March, 2018)
2.D.v: For cut and thrust rapier, hands and wrists require additional protection from being struck by 
       percussive blows:    
        a. Areas of the backs of gloved hands, fingers and thumbs, to one inch above the wrist of both
           arms not protected by a hilt, parrying device, or rigid armor must, at a minimum, be 
           protected by an additional layer of 1/4" open cell foam or equivalent resilient padding.    
        b. If any combatant is using a two-handed weapon, all combatants in the bout must have rigid 
           protection for areas listed in 2.D.v.a. Examples of acceptable protection include (but not 
           limited to):   
            i.  Gauntlets or demi-gauntlets made of rigid material covering areas not protected by the 
                weapon's guard.  
            ii. Commercial products such as Koning gloves, SPES Heavy gloves or hockey gloves which 
                satisfy these requirements.  (Note: Blatantly modern gloves are discouraged at official 
                events and practices without attempting to cover logos and modern materials.) 
This is complicated by:
1.D:  Rigid Material: puncture-resistant material that will not significantly flex, spread apart, or 
      deform under pressure of 12 Kg applied by a standard mask tester, repeatedly to any single point. 
      Examples of rigid material are:   
      - 22 gauge stainless steel (0.8 mm) 
      - 20 gauge mild steel (1.0 mm) 
      - 16 gauge aluminum, copper, or brass (1.6 mm) 
      - one layer of hardened heavy leather (8 ounce, 3.18 mm)
You'll note that 2.D.v.ii's acceptable gauntlets aren't "Rigid" by society standard, which makes things difficult. I'm forced to interpret this as "Either rigid OR these specific products."
From the Policies of Æthelmearc Deputies of Cut and Thrust (April, 2017)
II.C  Rigid protection for the wrist is required on both arms. 
In summary, we have to have padding on the entire hand plus rigid protection on the wrist, or rigid protection all around if either combatant is using a 2-handed sword. "Protected by a hilt" is left open to interpretation, but the official rulings I have seen handed down by the Society marshals is a very narrow interpretation, with a swept-hilt being declared insufficient protection.
Given these rules, the marshallate of Æthelmearc has made official rulings on the following items:
Please note that this does not indicate an endorsement of the products or sellers. The products have been passed by the marshallate, but may not be suitable for you or preferable. They simply pass the rules. Links to the sellers are provided for convenience, usually by performing a single Google search. No statement is being made as to their credibility, reliability, or business practices.
Item and Approx. Cost
Available From
Marshal's Notes
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Padded Gloves
($45 - $60)
All of these lack rigid wrist protection, and therefore require the addition of a demi-gauntlet or other, similar armor. Being non-rigid, they are unsuitable for use when one combattant is using a 2-handed sword.
Martial arts Sparring Gloves
($20 and up)
Too many to list
Be aware that many of these do not fully enclose the hands, but there are many which do. Few if any of these have a rigid wrist so they will require the addition of a demi-gauntlet or other, similar armor. Being non-rigid, they are unsuitable for use when one combattant is using a 2-handed sword.
Hockey Gloves
($20 and up)
Too many to list
These are specifically called out as acceptable in Society policy, and the wrists are also Suitably rigid to meet AE requirements.
Koning Gloves
($265)
These are specifically called out as acceptable in Society policy, and the wrists are also Suitably rigid to meet AE requirements.
SPES Heavy Gloves
($200)
These are specifically called out as acceptable in Society policy, and the wrists are also Suitably rigid to meet AE requirements. Make sure you get the updated thumb, as there have been several broken digits with the original thumb design.
Red Dragon Gloves
($90 - $125)
These are suitable for all uses, including longsword. The wrist wrap is suitably rigid to pass AE standards as well. They are very modern-looking, and may need to be doctored little to please the authenticity purist who wishes to fight.
DMZ Hand of Glory
($250 or so)
These are suitable for all uses, including longsword. The wrist is suitably rigid to pass AE standards as well.
As a warning: There have been reports of significant delays on delivery of these from the manufacturer.
Hourglass Finger Gauntlets
($80 - $120)
These are suitable for all uses, including longsword. The wrist is suitably rigid to pass AE standards as well.
Amazon scale finger gauntlets
($40 and up)
Many sellers on Amazon, many versions, all functionally similar.
These are very controversial. If you would like to see details, click here.
In Summary: They pass the letter of Society law. However, they are cheaply made and the finger design is not good at preventing a crushed fingertip. Additionally, they leave a gap exactly where AE requires rigid wrist protection, which needs to be adjusted for.
Demi-Gauntlets
Already owned by most heavy fighters.
Combined with a padded glove of some sort, these will meet the AE rigid wrist requirement. They are a good option for trying out this aspect of our game.
"Wrist Dickies"
Combined with a padded glove of some sort, these will meet the AE rigid wrist requirement while providing more mobility than a demi-gauntlet. They are a good option for trying out this aspect of our game.