6mm Round Rings with Dome Rivets: You are fascinated by the very tiny rings? Then this is your ticket to make smooth and dense mail. You get 4kg of loose 6mm round rings with dome rivets. Once you connect this to a sheet of mail, it almost behaves like fabric and feels super intriguing to touch.
Should I combine them with solid rings? You can use these riveted rings alone as it was often done in the late Middle Ages – or you combine them with solid rings in a 50/50 ratio for beautiful riveted and solid meshes. This is definitely what you want for Roman mail armour lorica hamata. Yet even for early medieval mail you are making a good choice to combine these rings with our 6mm solid rings.
What is the quality? Full transparency: This is still what I use myself and I constantly keep my eyes open for the best quality. If you are as picky as me, you will find that about 25% of rings have their rivet holes not perfectly centered. That’s ok because you get the ring pack at a competitive price.
What about historic accuracy? Rings of this size can be found throughout the ages. This matches with Roman mail from Fort Arbeia or Calingwark Loch, but also the Viking age Gjermundbu find from Norway. The late Middle Ages and Renaissance left us with even smaller rings such as Wallace Collection A2 and A7 – likely very prestigious objects at the time. These 6mm rings are perhaps your most practical way to reconstruct that small-sized mail within a reasonable amount of time.
You must be wondering about the effect of ring size at this point. Here are my thoughts and calculations on YouTube.
These rings are compatible with our Riveting Tongs.