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Posted on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:27 pm
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Hi all,

I am a DIY and would like to learn how to make medieval chain mail so I can properly portray or reenact Knights Templar without going broke.


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Posted on Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:40 am
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Welcome and well come; you've come to one of the two best sites for that.

The other one is The Armour Archive, should search it up nicely for you. You'll see me there.

Meanwhile, there are articles here in the Library section that will be relevant to making mail-shirts and even helpful on mail chausses, for latter-day Templars and the even longer lasting Hospitallers.

The shorter, quicker, substantially heavier way to make a hauberk (the longest of mailcoats, smaller ones being the haburgeon and the byrnie) is in butted links. The vastly stronger, more braggin' rights, and about half as heavy way is to use finer wire and rivet the links shut. This takes four times as long to do, and is vastly more authentic.

And either road is pretty inexpensive. Riveted takes a few more tools, what with flattening the links and piercing them for rivets. More detail can be found all through this site.

'The Minstrel Boy to the War is gone...'

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