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Types of Chainmail

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:14 pm
by Nerva
Salvete Omnes!

I'm familiar with one-in-four mail (one central link connected to 4 adjacent links) but I've heard of one in eight :shock: Does this actuallt exist? Does anybody out there know of the various mail types?

Also, is there any evidence for the use of 'butted' mail being used for anything other than re-enactment?

Re: Types of Chainmail

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:09 pm
by the_power
Check this out;

http://livinghistory.ie/downloads/armou ... rnal-1.pdf

it's the last word on mail research. But yes, butted mail did exist (though rare). 8-in-1 did exist, AKA King's Mail, but it's likely a decorative effect, as the links need to be big, and it's not very flexible.

John

Re: Types of Chainmail

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:10 am
by Neil
There is the theory that Kings Mail was literally just that. Early Kevlar for the King so he was ultra safe whilst watching his men fight and die for him. As King he wouldn't really need to fight for himself, that's what minions were for.

Re: Types of Chainmail

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm
by Cathal
There's a nice listing of Dark Age ring and wire diameters:
Ring Mail - Breaking the Chain
Lots if information and graphics there also.

Hope this helps a bit...
Stefan

Re: Types of Chainmail

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:57 pm
by Nerva
Thanks for the info lads ;)