This piece of armor cannot be created at a blacksmith's forge. However, it can be found in the following locations:
- Sky Haven Temple – In a chest in the armory located to the left of the main chamber.
- Worn by any follower recruited into the Blades as part of the quest "Rebuilding the Blades."
This means the armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.