Museum Signage Systems
Video of a Double T-Arm being shaped to hold knife
An aesthetic and reliable display solution for knives and daggers is the Double T-Arm. They come in several sizes and are designed with increased stability in mind compared with single T-Arms. The additional pair of arms is mid-way up the central post and is slightly shorter than the arms at the top. The additional pair of arms allows a high degree of customization, although it is generally used to hold an object more securely or to float an object above the base (as opposed to resting it directly on the base). In the case of knives, the second set of arms allows for knives to be held more securely and positioned in visually striking directions or angles.
The metal parts of the armatures are connected to cast acrylic bases, which are available either painted semi-flat black or unpainted and clear. Bases are available in 4"x4", 7"x7", and custom sizes. They are all ½” in thickness.
For the 8" tall model, the upper pair of arms is 7" across, the lower pair is 6" across, and they are both made with 1/16” softened metal. The upright post is made with 1/8” metal that is much harder to bend.
For the 12" tall model, the upper pair of arms is 11" across, the lower pair is 8" across, and they are both made with 1/8” unsoftened metal. The upright post is made with 1/4” unsoftened metal that is much harder to bend.
The metal display armature is removable from the base so that it can be more easily formed (e.g bending the main post it in a vice or cutting it with Lineman’s pliers or a hacksaw). For wall-mounted displays, the armature may also be ordered without the base. A helpful instructional video for shaping the armature can be found here.
*Note: Avoid putting pressure on soldered joints when bending. Also, when modifying the post, be sure to remove it from the base very carefully to minimize damage risk to the base as that specific junction can be very tight
Sometimes a custom sized armature fulfills your needs more effectively than a standard one. You might want a larger or smaller armature, or maybe you need a stronger or more delicate upright. Whatever your needs may be, we can customize or custom build an armature for you.
Custom T-arm Information *Double T-arm only* *Double T-arm and base*
For further inquiries, please feel free to call us at (800-862-9869) or email us. Our team has been fabricating custom artifact displays for 35 consecutive years and has over 150 years combined of experience in the field of artifact mount making and is well-equipped to answer questions, offer advice, and provide support.
For an entirely custom armature check out our Custom Mount Making page.