The Following are examples of approved hand and wrist protection for Cut and thrust combat in the kingdom of Æthelmearc, with commentary and notes by Don Simon Caminante. It is hoped that this list, while not in any way exaustive, will alleviate some concerns and difficulties with the rules in this area, and will provide inspiration and guidence to those who wish to participate in this form of combat.
9.3.1. For Cut & Thrust Combat, the backs of the hands, including fingers and 1” (2.5cm) above the bend of the wrist must be covered by 1/4" (6 mm) open cell foam or equivalent resilient padding or the protection described in section 9.3.2. 9.3.2. If at least one combatant is using a two-handed metal weapon in Cut & Thrust Combat, then the backs of the hands, including fingers, and 1” (2.5cm) above the bend of the wrist on the back half of the forearm must be covered by rigid protection with sufficient coverage to prevent a reasonable percussive blow from contacting the bones of the hand and wrist. This is also strongly encouraged for when using a rapier. 184.108.40.206. The rigid protection does not require padding underneath. 220.127.116.11. The coverage for rigid protection may be achieved by any combination of gauntlet, sword guard, or defensive object. A shield alone may be considered an equivalent to full hand and wrist protection only if no part of the gloved hand or wrist is within 4” (10 cm) of the edge of the shield while the shield is in use.This is complicated by the following from the glossary:
Rigid Armor: Material that will not significantly flex, spread apart, or deform under pressure of 12 Kg applied by a standard mask tester, repeatedly to any single point. Examples of rigid material are: • 22 gauge stainless steel (0.8 mm) • 20 gauge mild steel (1.0 mm) • 16 gauge aluminum, copper, or brass (1.6 mm) • one layer of hardened heavy leather (8 ounce, 3.2 mm)Previously, Hockey gloves and several other specific makers of gloves were specifically deemed "Rigid." In spite of the rules changes, I have not heard of these being deemed insufficient. Also, if Hockey gloves are rigid enough for heavy, they're rigid enough for us. So I think these are still acceptable.