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How Black Beard Carried All Those Weapons!

Over the past decade, I have received numerous requests for a baldric/harness system to carry a surplus of weapons like Blackbeard.  I have studied what history says he wore, but most of what is available is based in hearsay n'  artist interpretation of what he may have looked like, all illustrated by those who have not actually have seen Edward Teach.  Each version looks different.  The difficulty in making an accurate weapons holding system that visually recreates what many artists have illustrated is that an artist can draw anything they like without having to consider the logistics of gravity n' actually having to carry around an armoury of weapons all day on them, while we have to consider what can be realistically worn on the body. 

I have crafted four different versions developed over time. There be a shipload of issues I have had to deal with, such as:
• Premade off the rack instead of custom made
• Fits different sized n' shaped individuals
• Easy to put on and take off by yarself
• Configured to carry different sizes n' types of weapons
• Comfortable n' durable to wear

I be happy to announce that I am finally content with the newest version that solves all these issues.  I was trying to solve the problem of our larger belts sliding down on men with larger bellies n' narrow hips, so I added suspenders to the Men's Treasure Belt.  Pirates didn't really wear suspenders, as they had not been invented yet, but we adjusted the look by adding holsters to the suspenders so they look ' operate like gun harness instead.  Using the "D" ring clip to connect accessories made the entire Black Beard Weapon Harness work.

Watch me draw, fire n' holster 6 pistols then draw a cutlass n' dagger all in under 30 seconds.

 

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Blackbeard: A Pirate and an Actor!

 

There be one pirate that struck fear into all men and women throughout the Caribbean and the colonies in the early 18th Century above all others, the infamous Blackbeard! 

Also known as Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, Blackbeard is easily the most notorious pirate when we look through history n' media. He is very recognizable because of his moniker n' his reputation as a hellish, savage man. One may not suspect it, but the persona of Blackbeard may have been driven more by playing a part than Teach being a savage brute himself.

Someone like Blackbeard would be expected to maintain discipline through the use of brute force, but Teach was actually a very shrewd, calculating leader. He would dress from head to toe in black clothing, and use fire and smoke effects on himself with the express purpose of intimidation. And yet, he commanded his own crews and ships with the respect, n' permission of his crews.

Fer pirates across history, the idea of actually fightin' a bloody battle is actually unappealing fer multiple reasons. Ye would not want to damage any potential plunder, n' ye would certainly not wish to put yarself at risk! Believe it or not, most pirates were likely normal people who also had no desire to kill someone unless they had to.

Most pirates would want a ship to surrender rather than fight. So nowadays we see Blackbeard as a master the art of intimidation n' theatricality. He used his talents and strategy to strike fear into people's hearts to get what he want, as a distinct preference to torture or violence. 

There be no actual accounts of him murdering a prisoner or captive, so violence fer the sake of violence would have been rather out o' character we predict. In a business of calculatin' n' clever businessmen, we suspect he was one o' the most famous.

When ye be lookin' at Blackbeard just remember, he's a hell of an actor!

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