Types of Chainmail

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Types of Chainmail

Postby Nerva on Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:14 pm

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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?
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Re: Types of Chainmail

Postby the_power on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:09 pm

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.

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Re: Types of Chainmail

Postby Neil on Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:10 am

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.
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Re: Types of Chainmail

Postby Cathal on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm

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...
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Re: Types of Chainmail

Postby Nerva on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:57 pm

Thanks for the info lads ;)
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