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Mail Armor

One of the earliest uses of metal protection was chain mail armor.  Made up of tens of thousands of interlocking rings, it was woven by hand and formed into protective shirts, coifs and even leggings. Chain mail, or more properly "mail", dates back to antiquity; the name itself is derived from the Latin "macula" meaning "mesh of net." It is believed to have been invented by the Celts and adopted by the Romans after their warring with them. The use of mail continued until the presence of gunpowder increased in the 16th century. 

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Blackened Mail Armor Coif

This mail coif is made from intimidating butted armor, which has been blackened for moisture resistance. Reminiscent of the Black Prince, who purposefully let his mail darken to a blackish hue. Faithfully copied from examples in museums and private collections, it can be worn with or without a helmet. We recommend keeping this mail oiled at all times. Express delivery not available on mail. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
$79.00

Blackened Mail Armor Shirt

This mail shirt is made from intimidating butted armor which has been blackened for moisture resistance. Reminiscent of the Black Prince, who purposefully let his mail darken to a blackish hue, this shirt features 16 gauge links combined in the "international" pattern. Common to all European mail, the international pattern utilizes 4 links through a 5th. Faithfully copied from examples in museums and private collections, the diameter of each outer link is about 7/16” and the inner link diameter is about 3/8”. Mail shirts fit up to a 54” chest, 33” long shirt, sleeves are approximately 18” and hang to just below the elbows on average height warriors. We recommend keeping this mail oiled at all times. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
$219.00

Hero's Mail Armor Shirt

The smaller and finer worked the rings are, the more protection offered. We are proud to offer the peak of the armorer's art and patience as it pertains to mail. The butted, 17 gauge steel rings are only 3/16" round, providing unsurpassed protection. Incredibly dense, the rings provide the ultimate defense against whatever comes your way. As a result of the number of links needed, this shirt is not lightweight. Length is approximately 31" with a 55" chest. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. We recommend keeping this mail oiled at all times.
$325.00