8mm Chainmail Sheet – Round Rings – Riveted Only: For your own chainmail constructions
Why these rings? With these rings, you opt for a heavier, chunkier option. And as a historical Reenactor, you might sometimes wish for exactly that. One can see that it has a weight and that the rings look strong. Some people use it exclusively to cover the most vulnerable body parts like the chest and neck with it. Since this sheet contains only riveted rings, some beginners in mail tailoring find it easier to work with.
Dimensions: When laid flat, you get about a sheet of 13 x 56 inches respectively 34 x 140cm. The weight is 9.7 pounds respectively 4.4kg. One sheet contains about 8600 rings. We chose this size because it is perfect for wrapping around your body. With two sheets you can cover the chest. With an additional sheet, you can make both sleeves. For a hauberk with a coif, we recommend four of these sheets plus a pack of 8mm round rings.
How is the quality?
This is an 8mm chainmail sheet of round rings with riveted-only rings. That means there are twice as many riveted rings as in riveted-solid mail. Every rivet connection must be done well. Yet to be honest with you, there are some rings that are a little bit distorted or have a broken rivet connection. When working with it, these can be replaced with loose rings. Still, it is the best Riveted Only Maille that we know of and we are using it ourselves. We hope that you appreciate our honesty with that.
What historic time does this fit? You find both flat and rounded rings throughout the ages. Yet specifically the mail built from riveted rings only is something that fits best to the late middle ages and Renaissance. Nevertheless, it is popular amongst other Reenactors simply because it is heavier. And there is mail for certain body parts that were clad in very heavy mail – for example, aventails and other mail used near the head.