[Ansteorra] Helm question

James Crouchet jtc at io.com
Sun Nov 4 23:42:03 PST 2001

iainmacc at juno.com wrote:

>         I think my question would be, if you get hit right at the ear
> holes, is it going to drive compressed air into an unpadded ear? If you
> leave the padding as shock baffle, does it defeat the purpose of the
> holes?

Well, I had not intended to have my bare ear snug up against the bare

I certainly do not want to damage the helm in any way, but I am a bit
hard of hearing and I sometimes have a hard time making out orders
from my commander or from the marshals with the helm as it is.

I used this method on my rapier helm (which is a similar design but of
lighter metal) and I have not noticed any problem. But, of course, no
one hits me in the side of the head with a big stick while I am
wearing that one.

Perhaps instead of the circle I could just use a cross of 5 holes
vertical and 5 holes horizontal (for a total of 9, since the center
hole is the same for both lines) drilled 1/2 inch apart. That may not
seem like much, but it makes a big difference in how well you can hear
in there.


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