Original post 15 April.

You will remember that we had a project to obtain armor for an officer of the Swiss Guard. HERE

I was sent some photos, so you can see the progress made.







So, the armor is underway and nearing completion.

UPDATE 20 April:  

I received more photos of the armor, which is now being engraved with the images of St. Joseph and St. Joan of Arc!





Even their tape measures are Swiss!


About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Martin_B says:

    If you want to have a closer look into this company, there are some videos out on the net.

    Austrian TV-Station produced a video about this blacksmith-shop as part of their series “fast vergessen” (meaning “nearly forgotten”).
    You can still watch it online:

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thank you for this undertaking and for keeping us informed, and now, also, to Martin_B for the additional detail!

  3. Matt Robare says:

    That’s the first blacksmith I’ve ever seen who didn’t have a beard.

  4. Elizabeth D says:

    If you look closely at the bottom pictures of the man in the blue sweater, that man does have a short beard.

    This armor project is certainly great fun.

  5. Scrolling down the post, at first glance I thought they were putting Zed Heads stickers on the breastplate which gave me a grin. I still aim to get one for my wildfire hardhat.

  6. jacobi says:

    Trust they are using high impact resistant steel alloy. Better than nothing!

  7. Paulo says:

    I hope Dominic doesn’t put some weight: they have to send the armour to Stark industries for the tailoring job (drum roll… )

  8. Gabriel Syme says:

    This is a great initiative and the lucky Guardsman will be resplendent in this engraved armour.

    I am interested in how the engraving process is carried out and using what tools.

    It looks like they attach a paper stencil and then follow the lines of that?

    How is the engraving “finished” in terms of smoothing it out etc?

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