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Glossary: M

An often occurring, mitten/sleeve extension of a hauberk, with a hole at the wrist, that allowed the wearer to remove his hand.

Armor for jousting which covers the left hand and forearm.

A cylindrical shaft around which wire is wound to form coils, usually for the purpose of making rings.

A circular drape of cloth or mail worn over the upper body. Covers the shoulders and upper chest and arms, and has a central head hole.

(Also 'mail') A flexible material composed of small interlocking metal rings or loops of chain.

The process of interlinking one or more rings which would normally be parallel to each other in a weave, thus turning them into a primitive mobius ball.

A property of all metal that determines the ease of deformation when subjected to rolling or hammering.

For a single ring size weave, the smallest AR at which the weave can be made. Can be broken down into an "absolute" minimum, in which the weave can be started, but quickly locks up as slack runs out, and a "practical" minimum, where a continuous weave can be produced.

Some single ring size weaves will fall apart, and collapse into other weaves, if a certain aspect ratio is exceeded in their production. This A.R. is called the maximum aspect ratio.

Chainmail made with small rings. There has been much debate about the maximum ring size that must be used in a piece of chainmail for it to be considered micromaille. The ceiling ring size generally ranges from .020" (0.508mm) wire, 1/16" (1.5875mm) mandrel - .032" (0.8128mm) wire, 1/8" (3.175mm) mandrel, depending on who you talk to.