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A helm common in the 13th to 15th centuries, featuring either a rounded skull or a point in back. Bascinets were worn open-faced or with a visor, sometimes a fanciful visor designed to deflect blows called a pig-snout. The so-called houndskull and klappvisor were also common. The bascinet is regarded as perhaps the most desirable and attractive helm for armored combat in the SCA, as it has significant glancing surfaces. All the period types of visors are seen, along with grille-faces to permit greater vision. There is some pictorial evidence that the grille-faces themselves were sometimes used in the Middle Ages.

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