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A knight in shining armor, here in Hastings, Joe Marsello has learned about the history, the making, the chemistry of the forging of the armor, and more. He hopes to put the knowledge to good use someday as, perhaps, someone who designs prosthetics.

A homemade suit of armor

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Joe Marsello, a junior at Hastings High School, has what some might call an unusual hobby - or two. He collects reproduction medieval and Japanese swords (and knives). He has also made his own suit of armor.

Having the items is one part of his collecting. Learning about them is another, big part of his collecting.

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