8mm Flat Rings with Dome Rivets: Not only do they look nice and dense, but they are also comparably sturdy. That makes them one of the most requested rings in my portfolio. With this 4kg pack, you get 8mm loose Flat Rings and nicely shaped Dome Rivets in the right ratio.
How do you use these Flat Rings? These will be appropriate for most of your medieval projects. The Flat Rings are great on their own, but their true power enfolds in combination with solid Rings. Here is why that is a good idea. The second image shows such a combination of riveted-solid mail. As you can see they merge together like sword and shield. I also use them for repairs and tailoring.
How is the quality? No need to beat around the bush: These are the best rings I found for you. As with all sources I know of, there is a varying fraction of about 25% imperfect rings – perhaps less, depending on how strictly you sort them. Usually, it is the rivet hole sitting off the center. What you get here are about 7.000 Flat Rings at a good price. This is enough to cover an area of 100cm times 40cm or 100cm times 80cm in a 50/50 mixture with solid rings.
What about historic accuracy? In surviving chainmail you find Flat Rings from 900 AD to almost modern times. Some Flat Rings are super flat, others are only partially flattened. On the outside of an authentic chainmail shirt, you can see the dome-shaped rivet heads. On the inside, the original rivet heads are usually flat. What you get here is the best option I know of to replicate that authentic look with premade rings. You can compare it with my collection of examples on Pinterest.
You’re still wondering whether you should get Flat Rings or Round Rings? Here are my thoughts on YouTube.