Heretic of The Seventh Circle
The purpose helps define what it is.Knuckledusters are unquestionably weapons. If you don’t agree, try taking one on an airplane and see what happens. A gauntlet is definitely not clothing, at minimum it’s armor. But, when used to punch someone? It’s as much of a weapon as a cestus is. It’s basically a metal cestus. If you want to argue that neither is a weapon, that’d be a stronger argument, but given that the point of a cestus is to increase the harm done by a punch, same as a knuckleduster or a push dagger, I would still disagree.
Armor is a type of clothing.
A cestus is a weapon because it’s purpose is to hit people with it in order to hurt them real good. It’s also not a weapon in that it is instead an item that enhances an unarmed attack.
If a gauntlet is a weapon, then punching with one on becomes an attack with an improvised weapon. But it isn’t, anymore than simple leather gloves or hand wraps are.