Baker, Mike mbaker at
Fri Dec 6 14:37:00 PST 1996

> (not that I've seen anyone with a truely square shield)

timo, I actually *have* seen a square shield in SCA usage (and no, it wasn't 
just a wierd little buckler -- although, come to think of it, I've seen at 
least one example of *that*).

Seemed to me to have all the DISadvantages of a round and none of the 
round's ADvantages.

There is also a Japanese hand-guard / armor part that is sometimes 
minimalized as "oh, it's just a different type of shield". IMO, it ain't: 
attached to weapon or attached to armor, but not usable independently of 

Have a weekend, folks - back to this station on Monday!

Amr ibn Majid al-Bakri al-Amra
     currently residing in Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mike C. Baker                      mbaker at
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