- HMBIA Authenticity Committee:
This is a rather controversial issue, and discussions on this topic will be continuous, because if we want to practise sport, there will be things that are more adapted for the sport then, one way or another. For example, a bascinet with a peak, which, in general, is a historical helmet, but such type of aventail was never used with it. Or a bascinet with nose guard – it was different in reality, but if we make it 100% authentic, the risk of injuries increases significantly. Therefore, there is a very thin line here, and it is clear that the sport and absolute reconstruction can not be mixed. But if we do not strive for authenticity of armor sets and other things, then, in the end, nothing will left of history, so it would be nice to say we aim at complete reconstruction at that is. But we still need to find the golden mean, which would satisfy everyone, which means things sufficiently adapted to buhurts and sufficiently authentic, as well as having aesthetic appearance.