Though not as durable as its Steel counterpart, the Iron Shield still provides adequate protection in combat.
Shields are one of those things that can make or break your character. Having a good shield (or the lack of) might be the most important part of your strategy and the Iron Shield is your best overall option in the early game. It provides decent Block and Bash stats making it much better than the Hide Shield and at the same time it’s cheap to craft in the Smithy using only 7 Iron Ingots.
You might not even have to craft it if you have decent luck and get it from a Silver Chest but it’s definitely something necessary if you want to progress faster and enjoy the game better by not getting killed every other quest or job. It’s worth noting that it’s the final part of the full Iron Armor Set.
Exquisite Iron Shield
This tempered version of the shield provides 50% more Block and Bash values than the base one but no additional benefits are available.