Making Butted Rings For Mail Armor

Butted steel ring

Butted rings are pieces of wire that a pushed together with their ends. To make butted chainmail there are three steps:

  • Coiling: wrap some wire around a rod to form a spiral-shaped coil
  • Cutting: take the coil and cut off rings
  • Closing: take rings and push their butted ends together
Shirt made of butted chainmail

Butted rings have a little gap. To make sure that the rings do not open, they need to be made of hard metal like steel. That means working with butted chainmail also needs strong tools.