The Vistar Armoury was founded by Eric Slyter in 1995. With a keen interest in all things medieval since childhood, Eric's discovery of historical re-enactment groups, fantasy and role-playing events, the online armouring community and other similar activities sparked an immediate desire in him to participate. Quickly receiving acclaim for his historically based armour, unique fantasy armour and armour designs for women, pursuing the craft as a business came as an obvious next step. The fine eye for craftsmanship and detail that came with his degree in graphic arts, plus a business and marketing background, allowed for a swift ascension into the commercial armoury world.
In addition to general research on the subject both for himself and for customers, Eric is a main contributor and webmaster for The Arador Armour Library and has also written articles for Sword Forum International, among others. He is a student in the growing field of Western Martial Arts and is the founder and director of the Knights of Arador, as well as being the former Educational Director of the Seattle Knights. He has directed countless educational demonstrations on the subject of arms and armour, and has been featured on The History Channel and most recently in a new CD Rom by Teacher Created Materials.
Joined in the Armoury now by his wife and partner Kara, The Vistar Armoury continues its education, via research, experimentation and innovation, on the subject of medieval arms and armour.