A - Mild steel- 8mm- 16 Guage - Butted- Galvanised
B - Mild steel- 9mm- 18 Guage- Butted- Natural
C - Mild steel- 8mm- 18 guage- Round Rivetted- Flat Washer- Natural
D - Mild steel- 6mm- 18 guage- Round rivet- Flat washer- Natural
E - Mild steel- 9mm- 18 guage- Flat wedge- Rivetted- Natural
F - Mild steel- 9mm- 18 guage- Flat washer- Wedge Rivet- Natural
G - Mild steel- 9mm- 18 guage- Flat washer- Flat rivet- Natural
H - Mild steel- 8mm- 18 guage- Round Riveted – Natural finish
- Flexible steel armor of various types
- All are of mild steel
All forms are of mild steel.
- Butted chainmail is composed of rings of round wire that have been bent to stay in place, but are not fastened in any way
- Galvaization is a process where a zinc coating is applied to help protect the steel
- Round riveted flat washer refers to a type of chainmail where the rings have been hammered flat, then riveted together with round rivets
- Wedge riveted flat washer refers to a type of chainmail where the rings have been hammered flat, then riveted together with wedge-shaped rivets
- The sizes in millimeters refer to the diameter of each individual ring used to create the chainmail
Chainmail is a form of armor composed of rings of metal linked together to become a flexible covering. Each ring is linked to several others, forming a garment that it very good at repelling blade weapons.
From historical films, the chainmail shirt is the most commonly known. However, over the centuries mail has been used for almost any garment, including socks, hoods, and gloves.
In modern times, a variant on chainmail is used in Great Britain for police gloves; it is also used in many other ways such as protective suits for divers in shark-infested waters.
Chainmail first appears historically around 300 BC. Many believe it was first invented by the Celtic peoples. Mail quickly spread through much of the world, including Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Many examples of chainmail exist in museums today; also many statues and portrayals survive.
Perhaps one of the best known pictoral example is the Bayeux Tapestry, which is said to have been commissioned by the Queen Matilda, the wife of William the Conqueror. One scene in the tapestry depicts a knight bent over at the waist, being helped out of his chainmail.