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Re: Re[2]: MR:REQ:Rapier legal garb

Poster: angharad melys <lisa@privnet.com>

> >...Other materials need fewer layers (heavy cotton duck works with two), or 
> >more (you'll get to about 15 layers of silk before you run out of money and 
> >still not have acceptable armor).


I must confess I'm curious as to the basis for that last statement.  Last
Pennsic I hung out with an Eastern duellist named (if memory serves) 
Isabeau (Aedan would know for sure - he & Maureen introduced me to her) 
who had an absolutely GORGEOUS silk doublet, completely rapier-legal,
which she had specifically had punch-tested to make certain of its

Silk isn't as heavy as cotton duck, and thus doesn't provide much in the
way of padding, but the heavier silks are so closely woven and so durable
that I can't imagine any reason NOT to use them in rapier armor.  (And
they'd be much lighter-weight heat-wise, which at Pennsic would be most

If I err in any particular here, I'm sure Aedan will correct me; if I'm
missing something obvious about the properties of silk, by all means
please let me know...

					In service, and out of curiosity,


angharad melys, scholar
sacred stone / windmaster's hill, atlantia

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