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Glossary: F


FUNCTIONAL RING
Any ring in a weave that is required for the completion of the weave (It connects to other rings).


FOOTMAN'S SLITS
Modern term for slits in a maille shirt that are placed at the wearer's sides, for greater leg mobility. Not historically accurate, as this exposes the wearer's legs to attack.


FERROUS
Containing the element iron (chemical symbol 'Fe').


FIVELET
One ring with four rings attached to it. It is a starting point for European 4 in 1 and many other weaves. Also referred to as 'butterfly'. It is not, however, a basic unit.


FULL HARD TEMPER
(See Temper)


FINGERNAIL MAILLE
Maille that is too small for pliers but too large or tough for tweezers. The right size for fingernails.