Tools on Amazon
Here is a list of tools on Amazon that you can use for making riveted chainmail.
This tiny anvil is only a bit longer than my middle finger. Yet it is a great tool to work with chainmail rings. It is useful for reshaping rings and hole punching. I sometimes even use it for flattening.
Annealed Iron Wire 1.2mm or 1.4mm
This wire is the best material for medieval chainmail – or at least the closest that you can reasonably get without smelting iron yourself.
Titanium Wire 1.2mm or 1.5mm
With this titanium alloy wire, you can make ultra-lightweight chainmail. If your ordinary iron or steel chainmail shirt weighs 9kg, a similar titanium shirt weighs only about 5kg. It is not historically accurate but it doesn’t look too shiny either.
Aluminum Wire 1.2mm or 1.5mm
This is a beautiful material for making lightweight chainmail in many sizes and colors. I use this colored wire for marking spots when I do chainmail tailoring.
Riveting Pliers for Round Rivets
To be honest, these pliers are only listed here because they are the only ones that you can buy individually. I had the experience that the jaws get loose after a while. This makes it very difficult to set rivets. The pliers in my toolkit are different.
Riveting Pliers for Wedge Rivets
To set wedge rivets you need pliers with two dents. The bigger dent is to set the rivet. The smaller dent is to deform the rivet. These pliers do the job.
You can use this to punch round rivet holes into chainmail rings. I recommend you to cut it shorter and reduce the diameter with a file.
These are pliers for bending rings together. You can use them both for riveted and butted rings. The pliers from your local hardware shop can do the same job. Yet these ones make you feel like a medieval craftsman.
Modern Toolset for Punching
This set is great fun to experiment with different rings. It is actually designed to punch holes into metal. The smallest punch roughly fits the size for rivet holes. Yet it’s real value enfolds if you modify the exchangeable parts for setting rivets or even flattening soft metal.